Top 15 NBA Big Men

1 of 16

Top 15 Big Men In the NBA

Top 15 NBA
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In today's NBA it is hard to find a really good big guy. It was not like that back in the day. A team was not good until they had a big center or power forward.

I mean look at the old Philadelphia Warriors when they had Wilt Chamberlain. He helped the Warriors to be one of the top teams every year he was there. Although, he never won a title with them. He did win a championship with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Without Chamberlain either of those teams may have never won a title.

Even a decade ago. Would Kobe Bryant have won his first three championships without Shaquille O'Neal? Probably not. O'Neal was one of the main reasons why the Lakers were so dominate in the early 2000's. He was traded to the in 2004 leaving L.A. without a big man.

It was not until when Pau Gasol was traded to the team in 2009 that the Lakers won another championship. A big man that helped a team win big.

That is why a big man is always important. Even today, without a big man it is hard to win a title. Although, a team may not need a powerful center or forward in today's game. However, having one does give a team an advantage over the other teams in the league.

That is why that the best teams in the league have a powerful big man. The New York Knicks have Tyson Chandler, the Miami Heat have Chris Bosh and the San Antonio Spurs have Tim Duncan. Those three teams right now are on top of the NBA in standings. With that said, here are the top 15 big men thus far in this NBA season.

2 of 16

#15 Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls)

Noah
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A player that has not been much of a scorer, but Joakim Noah is a great rebounder. Thus far, he is averaging 10.8 rebounds per game.

Now he may need to be the one that scores just a little bit more since the Chicago Bulls' superstar, Derrick Rose, is still out until late this season. Noah is averaging 13.9 points per game.

With his talent he should be able to score just a little bit more than 14 points. He is going to need to step it up if the Bulls want to be close to a post-season berth when Rose comes back.

3 of 16

#14 Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)

Monroe
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Monroe may be on a bad team right now, but that does not mean he is doing bad. At 22 years old, he is already shown that he will be a elite center in this league for years to come.

Right now he is averaging 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Once the Detroit Pistons end their rebuilding phase then Monroe will be a big part for their success in the future.

4 of 16

#13 LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers)

Aldridge
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Another play on a bad team is LaMarcus Aldridge. A great big man that can play the game, but with no other talent on the team the Portland Trail Blazers are going to continue to struggle.

He is averaging 20.7 points and eight rebounds per game. He has helped the Blazers to three consecutive post-season trips. However, each time they have been eliminated in the first round. Once the Blazers get one key player then Aldridge will be able to do what he does best and lead the team to the next level in the NBA.

5 of 16

#12 Al Jefferson (Utah Jazz)

Jefferson
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Al Jefferson is playing great basketball right now. Scoring 17.4 points a game and grabbing 10.8 rebounds a game.

There's no question that Jefferson is a big part of the Utah Jazz future. This is his third year with the Jazz and has been playing terrific in each season. Right now the Jazz are just hanging around the even .500 mark. However, as long as Jefferson plays like he is right now, then the Jazz should make the post-season this year.

6 of 16

#11 Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)

P. Gasol
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Gasol is playing his worse basketball since entering the league in 2001. It could be that he is not going to be a Laker for long. Rumors are spreading fast that the Lakers will soon traded Gasol.

Either way, Gasol is still a legit big man. He helped Bryant to his fourth and fifth championship ring.

The reason why Gasol is on the top 15 is because he is still a great basketball player as a big man. Whenever he does get traded, whoever ends up with him may be grateful that they got him for probably nothing. He will help any team down the stretch, and it could be the Lakers who look like a fool for trading him away.

7 of 16

#10 Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks)

Smith
Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are playing great and they stand as one of the top three teams in the East right now (11-5). The reason being is because of their star, Josh Smith.

It seems like trading away Joe Johnson has not really affected them. Right now, Smith is keeping them a legit team in the East.

He is averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebound and 2.1 blocks per game. Believe it or not, I think that Smith could be a top candidate for MVP. I mean why not? Look at his numbers and look where the Hawks stand right now. If the Hawks have any success in the post-season it will be because of Smith.

8 of 16

#9 Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets)

Lopez
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

It may have been a good decision to keep Brook Lopez instead of going after Dwight Howard. Lopez right now is playing great basketball. He is averaging 18.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game.

It looks like the Brooklyn Nets are on the path of a long post-season run. If that's the case then Lopez will be the one that carries the team. As long as he is healthy by playoff time then the Nets may surprise some people, including me, in get past the Heat.

9 of 16

#8 Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks)

Chandler
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler, The defending Defensive Player Of The Year, is looking like he wants to keep that title. He is helping the Knicks to be one of the top teams in the NBA.

He is averaging 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He is playing excellent basketball and is defending the paint like a center should. He will be a big part of the Knicks success this April, May and maybe June.

10 of 16

#7 Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Love
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love has missed half of the start of the Minnesota Timberwolves' season, due to injury. Since coming back he has been playing great. He is averaging 21.2 points and grabbing 14.2 rebounds per game.

Love is playing at a MVP level and has been since entering the league in 2008. The Timberwolves have been nothing since they traded Kevin Garnett in 2007. However, Love brings hope to fans in Minnesota, and will not be long until the T'Wolves are back in a long post-season run.

11 of 16

#6 Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)

M. Gasol
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Another Gasol, on this list and that's Marc Gasol. He is playing a whole lot better than his brother is right now and has been for the past few years. He has helped the Memphis Grizzlies to become one of the elite teams in the NBA.

Him and the next guy on this slide has turned this team into a championship contender. A lot of it is because of Gasol.

He is averaging 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. He can score, block, rebound and pass the ball for a big man.

For the Grizzlies to have any post-season success, Gasol will need to be the one that plays at an all-star level. If him and the next guy on this slide performs like they have been then the Grizzlies will be on top of the NBA for years to come.

12 of 16

#5 Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies)

Randolph
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Is there anything that Zach Randolph cannot do? He is helping the Grizzlies to their best start in franchise history (14-3).

He is averaging 17.5 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, thus far. He is looking to take the Grizzlies on a long post-season run. With the Lakers struggling right now, this may be the year that Memphis sees a Western Conference Final or even better, a NBA Final appearance.

Whatever it may be, Randolph is the reason why the Grizzlies are having so much success right now. It will not be long before they become a threat for years to come.

13 of 16

#4 Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)

Griffin
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers are the best team, thus far, in Hollywood. A big reason for that is the power of Blake Griffin.

Although, his averages have gone down this year, he is still playing like a dominate big man. He is averaging 17.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Without Griffin, the Clippers may be the team that they have always been known for.

However, with Griffin, it gives them hope. With the power in the West seems like it's shifting to new teams; the Clippers may be part of those new teams. I predicted that the Clippers would be in the Finals this season, and with Griffin my prediction could come true.

14 of 16

#3 Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers)

Howard
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers are struggling right now, even though, Howard is playing at an all-star level. He is averaging 18.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

However, one thing that is keeping him back to make him the #1 big man in the NBA is his free throws. He is shooting 47.7% from the free throw line. He is becoming a worse free throw shooter than O'Neal was.

If he wants to become “Superman” then he needs to work on his free throw shooting. However, I do not believe that is the main reason why the Lakers are struggling. However, with a talent like Howard, the Lakers may not be struggling for long. If they do, then Howard may be taking his dominate play elsewhere after the season is over.

15 of 16

#2 Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)

Bosh
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Would the Heat be a top team without Bosh? Would they have won a NBA title in 2012 if Bosh was not on the team?

It's a possibility they could have, but it would have been a little hard. There no doubt that Bosh is one of the reasons why the Heat are so successful right now. He is why they have been successful for the past two and half years.

Bosh right now is averaging 18.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. There's no question that Bosh is part of this team's success and will be a big part when the Heat make a run for back-to-back titles.

16 of 16

#1 Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

Duncan
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

At 36 years old, Duncan, is playing like he has been playing since entering the league in 1997. There is no question that without Duncan the Spurs would have been an average team in the past 16 years.

Right now, Duncan is averaging 18.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He is playing at a top MVP candidate. If Duncan stays healthy throughout this long season, then the Spurs could be on their way to their fifth NBA Title.

Around the Web