The 2019-2020 NBA season has been a thrilling campaign so far despite the season’s suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, a lot of players have been influential for their respective teams. With the NBA set to restart very soon, some of these players will be looking to improve and continue their excellent performances for the remainder of the season.
We take a look at the top five best Centers who have been standout performers in the NBA in terms of their statistics so far this season.
1. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
This season has been an excellent campaign for Denver Nuggets as they are on course to make the playoffs. At the moment, Denver Nuggets are third in the Western Conference and first in the Northwest Division with a 43-22 win-loss record. There is no doubt that the Nuggets owe most of their successes this season to their star man Nikola Jokic. In his 5th season with the Nuggets, Jokic continues to improve his game and produce good performances consistently. In 65 games, Nikola Jokic has averaged 20.2 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game and 6.9 assists per game. He also has an average of 1.2 steals per game, 0.7 blocks per game, and 3.1 turnovers per game. In the NBA stats leaderboards, Jokic ranks 28th overall for the most averaged points per game (20.2), 9th overall for the most averaged rebounds per game (10.2), and 15th overall for the most averaged assists per game.
2. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
This season has been a frustrating season for Joel Embiid and his 76ers side. Philadelphia 76ers are still on course to make the playoffs at the end of the season as they find themselves in the 6th position of the Eastern Conference and third in the Atlantic Division with a 39-26 win-loss record.
Despite having a limited game time due to injury in the course of the season, Joel Embiid has been crucial for Philadelphia 76ers in the quest to make the playoffs at the end of the season. In just 44 games for the 76ers this season, Joel Embiid has averaged 23.4 points per game in addition to 11.8 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game. He also has an average of 0.9 steals per game, 1.3 blocks per game, and 3.1 turnovers per game.
3. Hassan Whiteside (Portland Trail Blazers)
In his first season at Portland Trail Blazers following his move from Miami Heat last summer, Hassan Whiteside has quickly cemented his place in the team as one of the most influential players on the roster behind Point Guard Damian Lillard and Shooting Guard CJ McCollum. For most Trail Blazers fans, Hassan Whiteside has the link between the other two top players in a team that is still looking to sneak into the final playoffs position. At the moment, the Trail Blazers lie in the 9th position on the Western Conference table and 4th in the Northwest Division with a 29-37 win-loss record. Despite the Trail Blazers’ indifferent season so far, Hassan Whiteside has been a consistent presence in the team, averaging 16.3 points per game, 14.2 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game in 61 games. He has also averaged 0.4 steals per game, 3.1 blocks per game, and 1.9 turnovers per game.
4. Karl Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
For Karl Anthony Towns and his Minnesota Timberwolves team, this season has been a terrible campaign they would like to forget very soon for many reasons. Injury to Karl Anthony Towns in the course of the season has seen the Timberwolves miss out on the playoffs this season. At the moment, Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves languishing in the 14th position of the Western Conference and 5th in the Northwest Division with a 19-45 win-loss record and a .297 win percentage. Despite the injury, Karl Anthony Towns has averaged 26.5 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game and 4.4 assists per game in just 35 games so far this season. He also has an average of 0.9 steals per game, 1.2 blocks per game, and 3.1 turnovers per game.
5. Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Rudy Gobert and his Utah Jazz side have had an incredible season so far. At the moment, Utah Jazz finds themselves in contention to make the playoffs as they occupy the 4th position of the Western Conference and the second position in the Northwest Division with a 41-23 win-loss record and a .641 win percentage. In a talented Utah Jazz roster, Rudy Gobert has been one of the main stars so far this season. In 62 games, Gobert has averaged 15.1 points per game, 13.7 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game. Gobert also has an average of 0.8 steals per game, 2.0 blocks per game, and 1.9 turnovers per game.