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Old 03-03-2013, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The days of Hakeem vs Shaq vs Robinson vs Mourning vs Ewing vs Mutombo are long gone. Alas, if only Tim Duncan played center.

Instead, we have to choose from these guys.

Who would you have as your 1st, 2nd and 3rd team centers? Rank them accordingly.

Al Horford
54 games, 17.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2bpg, .555 FG%, .600 FT%

Al Jefferson
57 games, 17.7ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2.2bpg, .489 FG%, .787 FT%

Brook Lopez
53 games, 18.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.0apg, 2.2bpg, .516 FG%, .761 FT%

Chris Bosh
53 games, 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg, .543 FG%, .809 FT%

Dwight Howard
53 games, 16.2ppg, 11.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2.3bpg, .583 FG%, .483 FT%

Greg Monroe
61 games, 16.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.3apg, 0.7bpg, .489 FG%, .674 FT%

Joakim Noah
55 games, 12.0ppg, 11.4rpg, 4.2apg, 2.3bpg, .469 FG%, .746 FT%

Kevin Garnett
57 games, 14.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0bpg, .496 FG%, .775 FT%

Marc Gasol
57 games, 13.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6bpg, .479 FG%, .873 FT%

Tyson Chandler
55 games, 11.3ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2bpg, .655 FG%, .689 FT%

Others (aka 'the Euros')
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1) Dwight Howard
2) Brook Lopez
3) Joakim Noah

I was just talking to my friend about how the Center position has taken such a drastic turn for the worse since we were following the days of Center being by far the best position in the league. If you think about it, there were guys who would be one of the best today who would not even be considered back then (Rik Smits, Arveydus Sabonis). It's a shame how quickly this downturned. I'd like to see reasons why members think it has. My suggestion is as the game becomes more flashier, players at a young age are taught how to shoot outside instead of play with their back to the basket. Guys like Durant (6' 10" and above) would have never been taking threes and handling the ball in the late 80's and early 90's. Their AAU and High School coached would have forced them to play on the bock and develop a post up game first.Great Topic OP!!
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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For this season only:

Al Horford
Brook Lopez
Joakim Noah
Al Jefferson
Greg Monroe

Chandler has little offensive skill. Garnett and Bosh are PF to me. Howard is having a down year.
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Factoring in team record, importance to team, things that don't show up in the statistics, et...

All-NBA 1st Team: Joakim Noah
All-NBA 2nd Team: Al Horford
All-NBA 3rd Team: Tyson Chandler

Those players have all been far more important to their team's success than Howard has been.
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1) Dwight Howard
2) Brook Lopez
3) Joakim Noah

I was just talking to my friend about how the Center position has taken such a drastic turn for the worse since we were following the days of Center being by far the best position in the league. If you think about it, there were guys who would be one of the best today who would not even be considered back then (Rik Smits, Arveydus Sabonis). It's a shame how quickly this downturned. I'd like to see reasons why members think it has. My suggestion is as the game becomes more flashier, players at a young age are taught how to shoot outside instead of play with their back to the basket. Guys like Durant (6' 10" and above) would have never been taking threes and handling the ball in the late 80's and early 90's. Their AAU and High School coached would have forced them to play on the bock and develop a post up game first.Great Topic OP!!
Everyone wants the ball. If you look at the 92 draft with Shaq and Zo that was the last year a true center was taken. The big men changed to move versatile guys like Chris Webber, Antonio McDyess, Kevin Garnett, Grant Hill, Antoine Walker and Dirk. Dirk is a seven footer but plays like a small forward. Most of the centers are defensive minded as well.
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1. Horford
2. Howard
3. Lopez
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Factoring in team record, importance to team, things that don't show up in the statistics, et...

All-NBA 1st Team: Joakim Noah
All-NBA 2nd Team: Al Horford
All-NBA 3rd Team: Tyson Chandler

Those players have all been far more important to their team's success than Howard has been.
I know I am biased, but Lopez hasn't? The Nets were a mess when he missed 5 games, and he has been the only consistency for them all year
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I know I am biased, but Lopez hasn't? The Nets were a mess when he missed 5 games, and he has been the only consistency for them all year
Yeah, he's been important to the Nets. He's a great offensive player, but a very weak rebounder. Noah is far better IMO, when you factor in his passing game, defense and rebounding. Same goes for Horford.

You can make a case for Lopez over Chandler, but Chandler has helped turn the Knicks around and is one of the most unappreciated stars in the League - he's a defensive beast and a great rebounder.
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Wow.... im pretty biased but i think theres a reason chandler was in the all stargame over a guy like horford....

chandler is far important to his team then almost every center

not only does he lead the league in offensive rebounds.... he is highest in fg percentage and is the best defender.... AND THEY HAVE THE 2ND BEST RECORD IN EAST..

without him knicks would be nowhere... hasnt misssed a game all year and is just as important as melo... altho he doesnt have a lot of offensive moves or any skill set at all he is also there for the important rebounds

watch the heat knicks game 2day u guys will c how many extra possesions the knicks get because of tyson

my order for best centers of THE YEAR:

1. Joakim Noah
2. Tyson Chandler
3. Marc Gasol/Brook Lopez

CENTER FOR NEXT 5 YEARS:

1.Joakim
2. Lopez
3. Horford
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I'd happily flip-flop Chandler and Horford. I had them ranked 3rd and 2nd respectively, but you're right, Chandler is a game-changer.
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Larry Sanders!
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Andre Drummond will be at the top of this list in 2-3 years.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:52 AM   #13 (permalink)
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What about this year though?

I think it's going to be the most undeserving All-NBA 1st Team selection ever, no matter who gets it.

Noah is perhaps the only center who is the best player on a very good team.

The others are either 2nd or 3rd best players on their team, or the best player on bad/mediocre teams.
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Joakim has to be 1st team in my opinion, the guy can do it all (score, rebound, assist, block) and he represents everything that is good about the NBA (hustle, passion)

Ill give Chandler 2nd team.
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Yep I think Sanders should be in the conversation, as he's been the best defensive interior player in the nba

http://www.sloansportsconference.com...0the%20NBA.pdf

Imho, Noah is the 1st center this year, don't remember a player doing a triple-double in 4 different categories (pts / reb / ast and then pts / reb / blk). He & Chandler are the best centers in the NBA I would say.

Then you have Sanders or Marc Gasol, who is way better than a lot of people think !

Lopez is a great offensive player but a poor rebondeur and not a great defender, and I'm not a big fan of Horford.

So

1. Noah or Chandler
2. Chandler or Noah
3. Gasol or Sanders
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1. Noah
2. Howard
3. Monroe
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