The Dwight Howard trade shifted the placement of the great centers in the NBA. What this summer's developments surrounding Dwight Howard did not change is the standings among the top centers in the NBA.
The trade gives both Howard and Andrew Bynum, by far the two best centers in the league, opportunities to do things that are a bit different. Howard could be entrusted with a different type of defensive leadership by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown.
Bynum will see more scoring opportunities in the Philadelphia 76ers offense.
After Howard and Bynum, the next tier of centers is particular trio of solid, but not great, centers that includes Tyson Chandler, Al Jefferson and Marc Gasol.
The next tier includes players who are pretty good all-around or simply impressive on one end of the floor. This collective includes such players as Roy Hibbert and Andrea Bargnani.
Today's game doesn't include many great centers. Thus, the delineation between the top two, as well as the top five centers, and the rest of the starting men in the middle is strong. Accordingly, the general talent of the other good centers may be fairly close.
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