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Ranking the NBA’s Top 5 Centers

Top 5 Best Centers in the NBA

NBA Top 5 Centers
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What was a weak point for the NBA not long ago is quickly becoming a strength. More and more big men are developing into high-impact players even as the league paradigm transitions to perimeter dominance. Here's a look at the top five centers in the game today.

5. Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond
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5. Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond
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Andre Drummond has the tools to be every bit as good a player as Dwight Howard was in his prime, and he's well on his way to harnessing that potential. Drummond is already an elite rebounder and has improved his post game significantly. His athleticism keeps him a viable defensive player, and he should only get better in this respect as he gains experience under the coaching of Stan Van Gundy.

4. DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins
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4. DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins
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DeMarcus Cousins is pretty clearly the best offensive center in the NBA, and he looked the part in 2013-14. His defense still needs some work, but he's gotten better as a rim protector and doesn't fall asleep on his coverage as often as he used to.

3. Marc Gasol

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3. Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol
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Marc Gasol is one of the most versatile big men in basketball. Gasol provides consistent scoring from the midrange and the post, and he's a responsible defensive player who anchors the Memphis Grizzlies' annually-impressive defense. Like his brother Pau Gasol, Marc is a great passer and essentially has a point guard's vision of the court.

2. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard
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2. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard
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Dwight Howard is still a fantastic talent, but he's not quite the same player that he was before some troubles with his back flared up with the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. Howard is a tad slow on defensive rotations and takes possessions off fairly regularly, but his physical dominance and ridiculous athleticism keep him high on this list.

1. Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah
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1. Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah
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Joakim Noah emerged as the best center in the NBA in 2013-14, carrying a woefully weak Chicago Bulls roster to 48 wins. Noah is easily the league's best passer among all fours and fives, and his defensive versatility is unmatched; he's proven adept at handling opposing guards in isolation on switches, and even neutralized LeBron James in a notorious moment from last season.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.