1. DeMarcus Cousins: He can be a headache off the court, but the best player for the Sacramento Kings is also the best center in the NBA today. He leads all centers in scoring and ranks sixth overall at 28.0 points per game, and he backs up his offensive dominance with a solid all-around production. His per game averages include 10.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.
2. Hassan Whiteside: After leading all centers in player efficiency rating (PER) last year, Whiteside is proving his breakout 2015-16 campaign was no fluke. He currently leads the NBA in rebounding at 14.4 per game and ranks fifth in blocks. The man in the middle for the Miami Heat continues to grow on the offensive end, and he has upped his scoring average to 17.5 points per game.
3. Karl-Anthony Towns: Towns’ across-the-board production is rare for a second-year big man. He is averaging 21.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks, and his 29 double-doubles rank third in the NBA and first among centers.
4. Rudy Gobert: He is the anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense of the Utah Jazz, and Gobert currently leads the NBA in blocks while ranking fifth in rebounding. He isn’t flashy on the offensive end, but he is one of the most efficient scorers, connecting on 65.6 percent of his shots.
5. Marc Gasol: At 31 years old, Gasol’s best years may be behind him, but he is still the most versatile center in the game, and his skills as a passer are second to none among bigs. He is the best player for the Memphis Grizzlies on both ends of the court, averaging 19.4 points, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks.