Whether you participate in a daily, weekly, or season-long fantasy basketball league, you will need to know who the best choices are at center. Here are our choices:
- Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz
Jefferson was 16th in points, 13th in rebounds and 12th in blocks in 2011-12. His .492 field goal percentage was not far off his career mark of .501. Jefferson can be a free agent after this season.
- Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
Howard was first in rebounds in 2011-12 for the sixth time in seven seasons. He was second in field goal percentage and tied for sixth in blocks with Andrew Bynum, the player Howard replaces as Lakers center.
- Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers
Bynum finished fourth in rebounds in 2011-12, fourth in field goal percentage and tied for sixth in blocks with Dwight Howard, who went to the Lakers in the four-team trade that sent Bynum to the 76ers. Bynum finished 20th in points per game with a career-high 18.7.
- Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Gasol was 14th in rebounds last season and fifth in blocks. He averaged 14.6 points and 1.0 steals per game. Gasol put up his numbers with Zach Randolph missing more than half the season
- DeMarcus Cousins, SAC
In his second season, Cousins was fifth in rebounds, 17th in points and tied for 18th in steals. He also led the league in personal fouls for the second straight season.
- Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns
Gortat was sixth in field goal percentage in 2011-12, 13th in blocks and eighth in rebounds while scoring 15.4 points per game. Last year, his point guard was Steve Nash, while this year it will be Goran Dragic.
- Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Monroe was ninth in rebounds in 2011-12 and 13th in field goal percentage. He averaged 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Monroe also has center eligibility in some leagues.
- Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
After finishing ninth in rebounds and fifth in field goal percentage in 2010-11, Horford missed most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, but was able to make a successful return during the postseason.
- Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
Hibbert was 15th in rebounds in 2011-12, fourth in blocks and tied for 20th in field goal percentage as he made the All-Star team for the first time in his four seasons.
- Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah was 11th in rebounds, 15th in blocks and 15th in field goal percentage in 2011-12. An injured ankle caused him to miss playing in the Olympics for France, but he his healthy now. Scoring chances could increase with Derrick Rose out for much of the season.
Whether you are playing fantasy basketball for money or for fun, use this list to help you with your choices. Good luck.