Ranking New-and-Improved Anderson Varejao with NBA's Best Centers

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Ranking New-and-Improved Anderson Varejao with NBA's Best Centers
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The definition of an NBA center has become so confounding that the league actually removed the position from the All-Star Game ballot earlier this year (via NBA.com).

The hybrid bigs of today's NBA often enjoy minutes at both the center and power forward positions. There are power forwards playing center, small forwards playing power forwards and backcourts with two point guards.

Somewhere (probably along the white, sandy beaches of Maui), Hall of Famer Don Nelson is smiling. If the league hasn't fully embraced his small-ball style, the NBA has taken enough elements from it that it's now approaching copyright infringement. 

But true centers still carry their massive weight around NBA circles. It's the reason that Golden State (Andrew Bogut) and Philadelphia (Andrew Bynum) gambled on a few high-priced, injury-prone players within the past calendar year. Or why Indiana dished out a cool $58 million to keep Roy Hibbert in the navy and gold.

But who's the best center in the NBA? Cleveland coach Byron Scott says right now it's Anderson Varejao, according to Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico. That's awfully high praise, but just how off-base is it really?

All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 11/26/2012.

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