24. Wendell Carter Jr. – CHI
It would be very surprising if Wendell Carter Jr. was not higher on this center ranking by the end of the season, but with only one year under his belt, it is hard to justify putting him too much higher than this just yet. His first season in the league started slow and ended early, but he did show really good signs for the Bulls in the upcoming season.
Carter was a player that the Mavs apparently had interest in if they did not make the trade happen to get Luka Doncic and I think he would have been a worthy selection at that point in the draft. He is one of only three starting centers from the 2018 NBA Draft and even though he is the lowest ranked of the three, it does not mean he has underperformed.
23. Dwight Howard – LAL
The Dwight Howard fiasco has been one of the most interesting sagas in recent NBA history as one of the most physically dominant players the league has ever seen went from a superstar to a nobody seemingly overnight. Howard is ready to try and set aside some of his demons with a redemption season back where most of these issues all began. Will L.A. be kind to him this time?
Until I see a glimpse of the real D-12 (or D-39?), I can’t put him any higher than 23rd on the rankings. He obviously has the skill set and experience to be a top 10 center in the league, but his best days are behind him and now the 33-year old is just trying to find firm ground to stand on and put his name back on the good side of basketball before it is too late.