Dwight is still considered by many the best because of the expectation that he will be the Magic Dwight again, but that is not a certainty.
Some commentator recently said that even though Howard wasn't 100%, he was still clearly the best center in the league and I don't really agree with that.
He is certainly the most aesthetically pleasing. Physical build, ridiculous athletic ability with the oft used team "emphatic block" and "thunderous "slam but Marc is a truly beautiful player to watch. Tons of skill in a 7+ foot recently slimmed down frame.
Howard at 100% is not clearly the best center in the league IMO. The gap is not as huge as so many in sports coverage claim.
So many sleeping on how great Marc is since he shares his numbers with two other players on an incredible Grizzlies team.
these are some BIG knocks on dwight: pathetic free throw shooting, not a great passer, questionable attitude, questionable intangibles player, no range whatsoever. marc doesn't have that sort of baggage. it's pretty much all positives with him. I guess he's kind of slow defending the pick and roll, but that's all I can think of.
people will recognize this year once the grizzlies do serious damage in the playoffs.
Baggage is one thing. But this guy is a top 5 player in the league. You can argue others and that's fine. But no other center can make a top 5 claim.
If 2nd best center is the question and it's between Noah, Gasol, Lee, & Varejao then it goes probably in that order 2, 3, 4, 5.
Now my opinion is, there are others that may rate as high or higher but those seem to be the common candidates. I watched Lee again last night dude is pretty incredible. I thought he was mis-used by NYK myself
I wouldn't say there's much separation though, not from each other and not from the other top centers.
Not sure exactly how they run this ranking system, formula or whatever, but it's interesting... this is players, not by position. http://www.cbssports.com/nba/playerr...season/OVERALL
1. Kevin Durant, OKC
2. LeBron James
3. Kobe Bryant
4. James Harden
5. Carmelo Anthony 6. Dwight Howard
7. Russell Westbrook 8. Anderson Varejao
9. David Lee
10. Tim Duncan
11. Luol Deng
12. Stephen Curry 13. Joakim Noah
13. LaMarcus Aldridge
15. Chris Paul
16. Zach Randolph
17. Al Jefferson
18. Jrue Holiday
19. Rajon Rondo
20. O.J. Mayo
21. Rudy Gay 22. Al Horford 23. Marc Gasol
24. Josh Smith
25. Damian Lillard
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However, a this week Al went 23 and 22 with 5 blocks shooting at an amazing %.
Past 7 games? Al Horford has averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, shooting at 70%.
Guess by this logic, Horford is the best center and it's not even close.
Even tho he plays centre imo I think a lot of people look at Horford as a PF playing C much like JJ Hickson is. Horford was been on a insane run lately but his defense compared to Noah's sucks @ the C spot. Horfords a top #3 PF imo this season.