If you have ever spent any time at all watching NBA basketball, you know how much a big man in the centre gain is an impact on any game at any time. There massive dunks off alley-oops to strong, aggressive blocked shots have been a part of basketball for many years. Fans would go to the courts to see legends like Shaq and Hakeem Olajuwon only to receive just what they were looking for when they purchased a ticket. Today is no different. There are many great centers that play in the NBA and we will take a glance at some of the top centers to watch in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Counting down from the bottom to the top here are the centers to watch.
10. Brook Lopez:
Only playing 17 games last season due to injury Brook looks to put together a strong push in this upcoming NBA season. The injury issue is something to keep an eye with this center. In the past three seasons, he missed 134 games due to injury. At an average of almost 21 ppg. He could be a strong contributor to the Brooklyn Nets.
9. Andre Drummond:
One of the weak points of Drummond is his terrible free throw shooting. Although he did put up some impressive stats in the 2013-14 season for the Pistons, he seems to be a little overrated. Look for him to put this fact behind him and prove that he will be an upcoming force in the 2014-15 season.
8. Andrew Bogut:
Last season Bogut put up the second highest defensive rating at 96.3 in the NBA. He also finished the season in the top 5 for rebounding and blocking percentage. Look for Bogut top help Golden State to make a strong run this season.
7. Al Horford:
The 2013-14 season was a short one for Horford. Due to an injury with a pectoral muscle, he only managed to play in 29 games last year. He still managed to put up an 18.6 ppg. If he stays healthy his ability to stretch the floor will help the Pacers this year. He would probably be ranked higher if he weren’t so injury prone.
6. DeAndre Jordan:
With a 13.6 RPG. Average DeAndre led the league in rebounds in the 20113-14 season. He also posted career highs last year in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. He will be one of the league’s most dominant shot blockers in 2014-15. Look for his strong defensive effort to continue this season for the Clippers.
5. Demarcus Cousins:
Cousins put up some impressive numbers in the last NBA season that led him to have the best season of his career. Even though he needs to work on his attitude towards his teammates you can still look for Demarcus to bring the 22 ppg average back this year to help Sacremento.
4. Marc Gasol:
After missing 23 games last year due to injury, you can look for a healthy Marc to return to the Memphis Grizzlies. In known as one of the leagues stiffest defenders. His 14.6 ppg isn’t bad to go along with his good defence. He will be a huge defensive presence this year especially if he stays healthy.
3. Al Jefferson:
As one of the biggest post scorers in the game, Al will be a huge contributor if Charlotte is going to be competitive in the 2014-15 season. He needs to improve on defence, but you can bet that will be no problem for this talented Charlotte Hornet. At almost 22 ppg look for him to contribute well with his post presence.
2. Joakim Noah:
This Chicago Bull has matured in a great way as an NBA player. After winning, NBA Defensive Player of the Year will have to keep up the pace with the new cast he will have around him in the upcoming NBA season.
Look for this Houston Rocket center to be one of the strongest players on the court this year. If he has a strong year, he could match the great year he had with the Orlando Magic where he was a legitimate MVP candidate. With a strong 18 ppg average, he may show why he is the number one spot this year.
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