The role of the NBA centers has been nebulous and poorly defined for the better part of the past decade. More and more we are seeing teams moving toward the ‘stretch big’ option where 7 footers are expected to be passing the ball and hitting shots from beyond the arc. Today we are going to pay homage to these talented bigs by highlighting three of the best centers in the NBA today!
- Karl-Anthony Towns
At 21 years old there may be no better player in the NBA than Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns has Hall of Fame potential and he certainly has a Hall of Famers style of play. Towns is elite offensively from every spot on the floor and he’s the biggest difference maker that we can imagine for a franchise to have. Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 25 PPG and 12 RPG in his sophomore season.
- Joel Embiid
If Joel Embiid can ever stay healthy then he has ‘best player in the NBA’ potential. Embiid has a 15 point differential on defense for the 76ers when he is on the court versus when he is off the court. Embiid is a true full court stud as he is one of the best defensive players in the NBA and one of the most well rounded offensive threats at his position. Embiid averaged 29 points, 8 boards, and 3 blocks through just 25 MPG.
- Anthony Davis
The Brow suffers from the same issues that Embiid does: injuries. Anthony Davis is probably the most well rounded big in the NBA and he has a chance to be historically great. Will injuries slow down this generational talent?