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Several weeks ago, I would've put Marc Gasol in this spot, since he made the all-star game. But now, Gortat keeps looking better and better, and Gasol is fading a little. Since the all-star game, Gasol has dipped down to averaging just nine rebounds and one block a game, and is shooting 47 percent. Gortat, however, is pretty much the only respectable player on the Suns not named Steve Nash, but those two have been enough to lead the team to a .500 record and try to chase down a playoff spot.
As for the centers in the eastern conference, Gortat gets the nod over Hibbert and Chandler simply because he has been more productive on the court. Without Gortat, the Suns would have maybe 15 wins right now. Without Chandler, the Knicks would survive if healthy. Gortat may not be the greatest defensive player, but is good enough to compete for a top 10 or top 15 spot in that category. And as for guys like Cousins and Monroe, they really haven't been able to impact their team's performance at all. Basing rankings off of team record is a silly and ridiculous procedure, but if Monroe or Cousins can't even give their team a few wins, then maybe they shouldn't be considered.
Overall, the polish hammer has had a great breakout season. Perhaps he benefits from Steve Nash, but we'll see if he can continue to develop and possibly be an all-star next season.