Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2010 J.N.

2010-2011 Top Stat Centers pt. 1

This list is put together for the sake of armchair general managers lazy to research. Many centers will not make their way to the All Star game, which is a travesty. These big men can definitely be nabbed in a trade. If you have an abundance of small forwards and guards, get these guys. Ask Pat Riley. The Miami Heat would love to have any of them.  I know the centers listed here do not contain star power. There is nothing wrong with that. They can make or break your team depending on how it’s built. They are better to have than Chris Kaman or Yao Ming since they are consistently injured. Numbers up to date as of December 3, 2010.

Al Jefferson

10.Tyson Chandler  9.2 points,  EFF +17.5, 9.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.4 stls, 1.44 blks
Talk about a guy who fell off then showed signs of life. A couple of seasons ago, he was averaging a legit double-double with Chris Paul. His game has not evolved. He remains the same old Chandler from his Chicago days. His assists average is beyond atrocious. He is also considered a defensive specialist. His block average should be higher.  I don’t know how he is on the list, but other centers below him are not performing efficiently. The Jason Kidd effect helped him didn’t it? Not a lot, but just a bit.

9. Andrew Bogut  11.6 points, EFF +17.9, 10.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.2 stls, 2.67 blks
The Aussie’s numbers are down all across the board. I appreciate his block average. That’s nice. Can anyone tell me why his numbers are down? Is Brandon Jennings to blame for this? Does John Salmons love that patented jab step too much? This is terrible. And people were confidently claiming that Bogut is better than Joakim Noah? The numbers say, “No. Hell no.” It’s good to see him bounce back from that awful spill last season.  

8. Marc Gasol  11.7 points, EFF +18.1, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 stls, 1.22 blks
He is known as the other Gasol. His numbers are down from last season. I projected him at 15 points and 9 rebounds for this season. I’m wrong again. Marc is letting fantasy owners down. Zach Randolph might have something to do with this. Oh well. At least Marc is not coming off the bench like teammate O.J. Mayo.

7. Nene Hilario  13.9 points, EFF +18.3, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 stls, 0.93 blks
Nene is the only other center on the list (Horford) that does not average over a block a game. That’s actually embarrassing. His rebound average is Brook Lopez like, too. And yet he is still outperforming Brook Lopez.

6. Al Jefferson  16.8 points, EFF +19.9, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 stls, 1.55 blks
The Utah Jazz covered up Carlos Boozer’s departure just fine. They do not even miss him. Al Jefferson is a certified black hole. You cannot fault him for getting pretty numbers, though. The stats are down from his Minnesota days, but they’re good enough.  He needs to work on his wardrobe game. Dude can’t dress to save his life.

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