Battle for New York: Who Is the Better Center, Tyson Chandler or Brook Lopez?

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Battle for New York: Who Is the Better Center, Tyson Chandler or Brook Lopez?
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Knicks center Tyson Chandler guards Nets center Brook Lopez in a 2011 preseason matchup

The Nets are moving to Brooklyn, and the state of New York now has a pair of centers, in Tyson Chandler and Brook Lopez, that figure to offer years of entertainment.

Two completely differing styles of play present a challenging comparison, however, both seven-footers will play an instrumental role in their team's success in 2012-2013. 

For Lopez, youth and inexperience have limited his great potential through four years. Though his offensive skills rank second to few in the NBA, Brooklyn's center still has some work to do in terms of defensive presence and rebounding abilities. 

The veteran, Tyson Chandler, has 11 years of experience in the association, but unlike his counterpart in Brooklyn, Chandler has made a name for himself clogging up the lane and blocking shots. 

The 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Chandler cemented his status as a starting center in the league and proved his worth in a star-studded Knicks lineup. 

For the first time in seemingly forever, both the Nets and Knicks have relevant and competitive teams. But with such talent comes high expectations. 

So which post player will rule New York? 

Here is a breakdown of the two seven-footers playing in the Empire State.

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