THE TOP 20 CENTERS IN THE NBA TODAY

ImageSlightly less complicated than ranking the best centers in the NBA is determining who should and who shouldn’t be called a center. In this faster, more fluid and more versatile NBA, where more coaches are using three-guard lineups and embracing “small ball,” players once pegged as power forwards are not only playing center, but they’re also admitting it. Yao Ming is out, Chris Bosh is in, and suddenly the stigma of the center as a lumbering behemoth quarantined to the low post is gone. Today’s centers – well, some of today’s centers – can run, jump, execute a crossover, stick a 20-foot jumper, and defend more than one position. They aren’t just the tallest of the tall basketball players. They’re athletes.

As part of Dime’s 2012-13 season preview we’ve gone position by position, giving you the best players at each spot leading up to opening night. Check the links below for the point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards. Today, I’ll break down the top 20 centers in the league…

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