The NBA: January 2014 Position Battle – The Top 5 Centers Right Now

In this Position Battle post, we will focus on the top five centersat this point in the season. We will take into account just the players’ stats for the latest five games of their respective teams. This will, hopefully, give us a more current picture of each player’s production.

Needless to say, unless you’ve been doing nothing but play Clash of Clans all day long, you should be aware that Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins has been tearing it up in the Association. Looks like the whiny and childish misfit has blossomed into an equally whiny and childish star. Should be an All-Star this season. And the other four? Well, all I can say is there are a few surprises.

Note: All of the following stats are based on each player’s stats as computed by They were taken on January 17, 2014 (Manila time).

5. Nikola Pekovic (MIN) – 19.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2spg, 1.2bpg, 52.8 FG%, 95.0 FT%, 23.2 EFF
The T-Wolves are struggling to get wins, but it’s not for Pekovic’s want of trying. The 28-year-old Montenegrin has been rock-solid for Minnesota, averaging a near double-double and being ultra-efficient on both ends. And will you look at his free throw percentage, please? Yes, folks, that’s a center shooting 95%!!!
Nikola Pekovic continues to play a big role
for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
(image from the US Presswire)

4. Tim Duncan (SAS) – 17.6ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.2apg, 2.2bpg, 57.9 FG%, 25.0 EFF
The Spurs have won six straight contests, and Duncan has been great in each one. We all sound like broken records saying the same thing every single year – Duncan just defies his age and brings it every single game. His biggest game of late? How about dropping 24 and 17 as San Antonio nipped Memphis? #Timeless

3. Anderson Varejao (CLE) – 11.2ppg, 13.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.2spg, 58.5 FG%, 25.6 EFF
Who needs Andrew effin’ Bynum when Anderson Varejao is playing like the way he did last season (whenever he was healthy, of course)? The Brazilian behemoth is going after those loose balls, finding open teammates, and letting his hair fall all over the place. Looks like the Cavs have benefited, too, winning three of their last five.

2. Joakim Noah (CHI) – 15.0ppg, 15.0rpg, 5.2apg, 1.4spg, 1.8bpg, 28.2 EFF
Don’t look now, but the Bulls have won seven of their last ten and are still in the thick of the Playoff race out East. Noah has just switched to devil-may-care mode, and, consequently, he’s back as one of the league’s top centers. The question is can he be healthy for the remainder of the season and push the Bulls back into the postseason? I’m sure he misses Luol Deng, though.

Wasn't this the guy who beat up Gaston
in that Disney movie?
(image from

1. DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) – 25.2ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.2spg, 1.4bpg, 51.6 FG%, 28.8 EFF
I still don’t think the Kings have the chutzpah to make the Playoffs, but at least they can take pride in being one of the most watchable teams out there, what with Isaiah Thomas’s breakout season, Rudy Gay finding a niche, and Boogie Cousins blossoming (finally) into the center we all thought he could be. The way he runs down the court and jams the rock through the iron is reminiscent of the Big Diesel, wouldn’t you say? Oh, and Boogie is the Shaqtin’ a Fool type, too.

Outside looking in:
DeAndre Jordan (LAC) – 22.6 EFF
JJ Hickson (DEN) – 22.4 EFF
Al Jefferson (CHA) – 22.0 EFF

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