Rank 'Em: NBA Centers

August 9, 2013

The job of a NBA center is to protect their domain -- the 16-foot-wide area known as the paint -- and to dominate offensively and defensively within that small space. Though in today's game, a "true center" is hard to come by and the position is now grouped with the forwards on the All-Star ballot. You do have your Dwight Howards and Roy Hibberts, but then you there are the Chris Boshes of the league who can threaten in the post as well as at the top of the key. How do you size up the league's best big men? NBA insider Bradford Doolittle had his say and so did the NBA 5-on-5 crew, but now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in. Click the images below to set your rankings!

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NBA Centers

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Heat
2012-13: 16.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG

Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum

Cavaliers
2011-12: 18.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Tyson Chandler

Tyson Chandler

Knicks
2012-13: 10.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

Kings
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 0.7 BPG

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Pistons
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.6 BPG

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

Grizzlies
2012-13: 14.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.7 BPG

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Rockets
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.5 BPG

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Pacers
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.6 BPG

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan

Clippers
2012-13: 8.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.4 BPG

Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson

Bobcats
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Nets
2012-13: 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Nuggets
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.0 BPG

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

Pistons
2012-13: 16.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.3 BPG

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

Bulls
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao

Cavaliers
2012-13: 14.1 PPG, 14.4 RPG, 0.6 BPG

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