Dallas Mavericks: Ranking the projected starting centers across the NBA
By Kohl Rast
4. Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN
There are some holes in the game of Karl-Anthony Towns, but not many. At 23 years old, Towns has become one of the most versatile big men in the league. In fact, I do not believe it is a stretch to say that Towns is the best scoring big man in the NBA right now. His ability to create his own shot, to hit from three and from the post, etc. are all reasons he found his way to number 4 on the list.
Towns also happens to be an elite rebounder. He has proven time and time again that he can do everything on the court at the highest level, but the one area he has lacked in from the past is that he struggles under the bright lights. Big games have not been his forte and until he proves he can win playoff games, he is stuck at number 4.
3. Rudy Gobert – UTA
Switching from the best scoring center in the league, we now move on to the best score preventing big man in the league. Rudy Gobert is definitely the best defensive big man in the league, proving this with his back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards. Anyone who wins an NBA award multiple times is the real deal.
Gobert is by no means an offensive force, but he is not completely inept on that end. He has had the benefit of having good creators on his team for most of his career, so he has gotten the role of batting cleanup with a lot of his points coming from put-backs and alley-oops. Either way, his defensive ability seals his spot at number three.