Jan 20, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) shake hands after the game at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Los Angeles 92-80. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

NBA's Top Centers

Andrew Bynum

May 18, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) controls the ball against the defense of Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the first half of game three of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

A guy who once he gets his head straight will be a dominant player.  Going to the Philadelphia 76ers should do him wonders as I believe Doug Collins will get what he wants out of him.  He can score and has even become a better rebounder.  But Bynum needs to be on all the time in order to get to where he should be.

Roy Hibbert

May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) battles for low post position against Miami Heat center Ronny Turiaf (21) in the first quarter during game 5 of the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Time for Roy Hibbert to make his money.  After coming off an All Star season, he got a huge contract, and now has to prove he’s worth it. I have faith that Hibbert will continue to improve his game, and the best way for him to do that is through consistency. No more big games followed up by a small game, for example 13 rebounds one night and 5 rebounds the next. I would love to see him averaging 15 points a game and 10 rebounds a game.  His defense has greatly improved as he’s a force in the middle when guys come into the lanes.

Dwight Howard

August 10, 2012; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard holds his jersey during a press conference held to introduce the three-time defensive player of the year who they aquired in a four-team trade from the Orlando Magic. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Finally we can get back to talking about Dwight Howard’s game and not where he’ll end up playing.  He goes to the Lakers, where he should fit in well with Kobe Bryant. He won’t have to be the big star there, but I think that could catch up with him.  He will make this team even better, and anything short of the NBA Finals could be considered a failure.

Marc Gasol

Apr 9, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) celebrates after making a shot during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 94-85. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Coming on in the past couple of years, Marc Gasol has his name up there with his brother Pau as great NBA players.  He brings a different presence to the Memphis Grizzlies by giving them an option at center position.  He has some good passing skills as well as an ability to step back and make a good shot.

Tyson Chandler

Mar 17, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) takes a shot in the lane against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

More known for his defense, but for me that’s good enough to put him in the top.  There’s no doubt he was key to the Dallas Mavericks a couple of seasons ago, and he will hopefully continue the defensive resurgence in New York for the Knicks.

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