1. Joel Embiid
Embiid is as close as you get to unstoppable. Just as dominant on offense as he is on defense, there should not be any question that he is the best center in the league.
2. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic is a coaches dream. The casual and uneducated fan would tell you he’s not top 5. But for those who understand the importance of playmaking and having a high basketball IQ, he’s without question the second best. If he could defend at the level of Embiid he’d easily be one of the best players in the league, but unfortunately his defense is only slightly above average.
3. Demarcus Cousins
Very skilled on offense but an issue on defense and in the locker room. At one point he was number 1, but after his injury it might be unsure if he’s gonna be top 5 still. His defense has been up and down his whole career, and so has his playmaking. Being on the Warriors doesn’t help show off his skills either, as we will rarely see him in bad situations.
4. Rudy Gobert
A defensive beast, probably one of the best defenders of all time. His defense speaks for itself and his offense is improving. Gobert now has an effective pick roll game as the screener, and can even pick and pop at the elbow and very short corner. If he continues to develop like this he could jump as far up as number 2.
5. Al Horford
An amazing playmaker who occasionally runs the point, a solid defender, and now a very good shooter, Al Horford can do everything. While he may not dominant in any facet of the game, he definitely does not lag behind. A perfect fit in Boston, hopefully the casual fan will start noticing him.
6. Andre Drummond
Arguably the best rebounder of all time according to some people, including himself. A great defender, and an athletic roller. Andre Drummond may be in the wrong era, but he can still dominate when he has the point guard play to get him the ball.
7. Karl Anthony Towns
A great one-on-one player with nonexistent defense. Karl Anthony Towns may be great in 2k because of his shot and driving ability, but when it comes to being an impact player in the NBA and winning games, KAT is not ideal. There’s no denying his talent, his talent level definitely deserves him a top 10 spot, but top 5? Absolutely no chance.
8. Clint Capela
A great fit with the Rockets, one of the best rim protectors and rebounders in the game who can also dive in the pick and roll. he’s basically an unrefined and less experienced Rudy Gobert. Expect him to rise up on this list soon.
9. Steven Adams
The best offensive rebounder in the game and a solid player on offense. Most of Steven Adams’ impact is with his voice as he anchors the defense and acts as a leader for the Thunder.
10. Marc Gasol
At one point Marc Gasol was at the top of this list, but injuries and lack of athleticism have brought him down. Hopefully he can recover well, the brother of a first ballot HOF should be able to retire as a top 10 player at his position.