Chris Kaman made offseason headlines as "the best offensive center" in Dallas Mavericks team history, and he hasn't even laced up his shoes or played in a meaningful game yet.
How does he fare against the rest of the Western Conference?
Kaman has always been a force on the offensive end, but his injury history and lack of dominating defense have left him somewhat off the radar of the elite players at the position.
Don't forget, he was an All-Star just three seasons ago (2010), and he's an underrated defender, averaging 1.5 blocks per game in his career.
Across the board, the West has tons of talent that wasn't there in 2011-12. Three centers that made the list are formerly of the Eastern Conference, and one is a rookie.
For clarification, names like DeAndre Jordan, Kendrick Perkins and Omer Asik just missed the cut of the top 10. Here's a look at the 10 best centers in the West right now, with a look at where Kaman currently stands and what he can do to climb up the ladder during his tenure in the upcoming season with the Mavs.