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2022-23 NBA Center Tiers

As we approach the 2022-23 NBA season, I wanted to give my tier rankings for the current NBA centers. I will select the top 30 centers in today’s game and then categorize them accordingly. So, some teams might be missing a player, and other teams might have multiple. Keep in mind that some guys won’t make the list because they didn’t play enough minutes at the center position due to injury or other reasons.

Tier 6: Average Starters

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – APRIL 16: Isaiah Stewart #28 of the Detroit Pistons shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter of the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Little Caesars Arena on April 16, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
  • Montrezl Harrell – WSH
  • Mitchell Robinson – NY
  • Nic Claxton – BKN
  • Mo Bamba – ORL
  • Kevon Looney – GSW
  • Precious Achiuwa – TOR
  • Isaiah Stewart – DET

7 players fall into the “average” category for me. I definitely think there is a chance for a few of these guys to really prove themselves this season. Kevon Looney proved himself in the postseason, but he will be battling for minutes with the return of James Wiseman.

Tier 5: Quality Starters

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – MARCH 09: Wendell Carter Jr. #34 of the Orlando Magic reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center on March 09, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
  • Brook Lopez – MIL
  • Alperen Sengun – HOU
  • Ivica Zubac – LAC
  • Jakob Poeltl – SAS
  • Wendell Carter Jr. – ORL

Only 5 guys fall into tier 5 for me. A separation between this group and the next group makes it difficult to put them in the same tier. A player in this group that might be a little surprising is Alperen Sengun. I like his athleticism a lot and I think he’s going to have a breakout season.

Tier 4: Very Good Starters

  • Steven Adams – MEM
  • Myles Turner – IND
  • Kristaps Porzingis – WSH
  • Jonas Valanciunas – NOP
  • Al Horford – BOS
  • Jusuf Nurkic – POR

There is a lot of big-man talent in today’s NBA. It’s hard for me to place some of these guys in tier 4, but there are simply better names out there. Myles Turner continues to fall every year, he was once one of the best centers in the league.

Tier 3: All-Star Caliber

PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 15: Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns shoots a free throw against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 7 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals on May 15, 2022 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
  • Nikola Vucevic – CHI
  • Robert Williams III – BOS
  • Domantas Sabonis – SAC
  • Clint Capela – ATL
  • Deandre Ayton – PHX

I might get a little bit of hate for placing Ayton in this tier, but I don’t think he deserves any better. The rest of the guys here are on the verge of making an all-star appearance this season. All it takes is a little increase in a couple of categories.

Tier 2: Stars

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – APRIL 14: Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on April 14, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
  • Jarrett Allen – CLE
  • Anthony Davis – LAL
  • Rudy Gobert – MIN
  • Bam Adebayo – MIA
  • Pascal Siakam – TOR

It’s weird to not have Towns in this tier, but it looks like Gobert is going to play center. Pascal Siakam might be a bit of a surprise here, but he actually played a lot of minutes at the center position last year. Also. Jarrett Allen absolutely deserves to be here. End of discussion.

Tier 1: Superstars

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 28: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles against the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center on October 28, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
  • Nikola Jokic
  • Joel Embiid

There really isn’t anyone else that comes close to the level of talent that these guys have. A back-to-back MVP clearly is enough for Jokic to make an appearance here. Embiid’s performance the last couple of seasons was almost enough for him to almost win MVP, but he lost that race to the player he shares this tier with.

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