Ranking the Best Big Men in the NBA today

Coming out of the annual All-Star Break and heading toward this week’s Trade Deadline  [Feb 19, 3:00 PM] … as different trade rumours swirl about the NBA [on-line & elsewhere] … it can be instructive to assess where certain marquee players rank amongst their brethren, at the specific position[s] they play the best.

When considering Big Men [i.e. Centers/C and Power Forwards/PF], it is also imperative to understand what their fundamental role is within the NBA game and what qualities are the most important for them to exhibit on a consistent basis, if their respective team’s are going to have a legitimate chance to win a League Championship, now or in the not-too-distant future.

Big Man Ranking Criteria

* Leadership
* Rebounding [which includes: i. Defensive; ii. Offense]
* Team Defense [which includes: i. Interior Rotations; ii. Perimeter Rotations; iii. Execution of Pick & Roll Techniques; iv. Transition Effectiveness; v. Shot blocking off the ball; Switching off the ball]
* Low-Mid Post Scoring
* Passing Effectiveness
* Individual Low-Mid Post Defense [which includes Shot blocking on the ball]
* Individual Perimeter Defense
* Screening Effectiveness
* Picking Effectiveness
* Perimeter Scoring
* Offensive Transition
* Physical Traits: i. Quickness; ii. Agility; iii. Explosive Power; iv. Size & Strength
* Psycho-Emotional Traits: i. Stability; ii. Intelligence; iii. Intensity; iv. Toughness 

These are the current rankings, according to this corner:

 

 

 

Rankings for Starting Centers

 

No.

EASTERN

No.

WESTERN

1

D-Howard/Magic

1

T-Duncan/Spurs

2

C-Bosh/Raptors

2

A-Stoudemire/Suns

3

A-Horford/Hawks

3

A-Bynum/Lakers

4

K-Perkins/Celtics

4

Y-Ming/Rockets

5

R-Wallace/Pistons

5

A-Jefferson/Timberwolves

6

Z-Ilgaukas/Cavaliers

6

Nene/Nuggets

7

A-Bogut/Bucks

7

T-Chandler/Hornets

8

D-Lee/Knicks

8

S-O’Neal/Suns

9

J-O’Neal/Heat

9

Mehmet Okur/Jazz

10

R-Nesterovic/Pacers

10

Andre Biedrins/Warriors

11

E-Okafor/Bobcats

11

Marc Gasol/Grizzlies

12

B-Heywood/Wizards

12

Marcus Camby/Clippers

13

S-Dalembert/76ers

13

Nick Collison/Thunder

14

B-Lopez/Nets

14

Greg Oden/Blazers

15

J-Noah/Bulls

15

Eric Dampier/Mavericks

 

 

16

Spencer Hawes/Kings

 

 

 

 

Rankings for Starting Power Forwards

 

No.

EASTERN

No.

WESTERN

1

K-Garnett/Celtics

1

D-Nowitzki/Mavericks

2

J-Smith/Hawks

2

P-Gasol/Lakers

3

S-Marion/Raptors

3

C-Boozer/Jazz

4

R-Lewis/Magic

4

L-Scola/Rockets

5

A-Varejao/Cavaliers

5

A-Stoudemire/Suns

6

C-Bosh/Raptors

6

D-West/Hornets

7

A-Jamison/Wizards

7

L-Aldridge/Blazers

8

T-Prince/Pistons

8

K-Martin/Nuggets

9

LRM-A Moute/Bucks

9

S-Jackson/Warriors

10

B-Diaw/Bobcats

10

D-Milicic/Grizzlies

11

T-Murphy/Pacers

11

J-Green/Thunder

12

U-Haslem/Heat

12

Z-Randolph/Clippers

13

T-Young/76ers

13

C-Smith/Timberwolves

14

A-Harrington/Knicks

14

B-Miller/Kings

15

T-Thomas/Bulls

15

M-Bonner/Spurs

16

Y-Jianlian/Nets

 

 

 

Use the “comments” section to provide your feedback. :-)

 

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4 Responses to “Ranking the Best Big Men in the NBA today”

  1. The AltRaps Blog » Blog Archive » Toronto Raptors Linkage for February 17th from 09:11 to 10:47 Says:

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  2. Scott G Says:

    Where does Bargs fall?

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  4. khandor Says:

    Scott G,

    Bargnani does not make my list.