Ranking the Top 10 Centers in the NBA 2022

The center position is seeing better days thanks to the emergence of names like Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid. The addition of other talented players in the position has exposed the untapped potential within it, which should give bettors some ideas when betting at top NBA betting sites.
If your eyes are set on player props, then these top 10 centers of the NBA might be the best thing yet to ever happen to your ticket.
1. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
The Nuggets got their third-best record in the Western Conference thanks to a stunning performance from Nikola Jokic. Leading with 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists, Jokic easily claimed the MVP award by earning 91 of a possible 101 first-place votes.
2. Joel Embiid, 76ers
Embiid was the favourite to win the MVP last season, however, his performance was limited by injuries which saw him only perform in 51 games for the second season in a row. However, he was still able to dish out a career-high 28.5 points, plus 10.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists with a record of 1.4 blocks per game. With Embiid by their side, the 76ers finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Though the 76ers didn’t have the playoff, Embiid still remains one of the most impressive centers for the 2021-2022 season.
3. Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
Back in 2017, Towns got the most votes among general managers for which players they’d most want to build. Though Town hasn’t lived up to those high expectations, he has some feats of his own. Towns remains an effortless scorer, a capable passer, and a big-time rebounder.
4. Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Rudy Gobert remains one of the most recognized defenders in NBA history with three Defense Player of the Year awards and five All-Defensive First Team selections. While he isn’t known for his offence, he remains a relentless screener and an effective roller. He is also known for his offensive rounds which have made him one of the league’s best centers.
5. Bam Adebayo, Heat
In a short time, Adebayo has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league and one of the best passers at his position. While he still needs some experience as a shooter, he has achieved encouraging strides from midrange last season which makes him a center to watch out for.
6. Nikola Vucevic, Bulls
Vucevic earned his second All-Star selection this season with an average of 23.4 points, 11.7 assists and 3.8 assists per game. He is already one of the league’s best shooters at the center position and is also one of the best back-to-the-basket scorers.
7. Deandre Ayton, Suns
Ayton still has a lot of work to do to get to the heights of Trae Young and Luka Doncic as he had performed below expected since being drafted No.1 in the 2018 NBA Draft. Fortunately, he was able to put on a magnificent display in Phoenix’s run to the NBA Finals last season and still continues to grow.
8. Clint Capela, Hawks
With so many improvements season after season, things can only get better for Hawks. Clint Capela led the league in rebounds for the first time in his career in 2020-21 and this found him on the Defensive Player of the Year ballots. If things continue the way they are, he could easily become the top three centers in the NBA.
9. Myles Turner, Pacers
Turner has some remarkable feats, leading the league in blocks twice. He peaked in 2020-21 with an average of 3.4 blocks per game. Being limited to 47 games saw him lose his chance of earning the All-Defensive and a Defensive Player of the Year title.
10. Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers
Nurkic might have not played many games in previous seasons, but he still remains a force to reckon with. While he was only available in eight games in 2019-20 and 37 games in 2020-21, he still remains a double-double with solid defensive instincts and passing chops.