In the NBA today people always seem to give allot of credit to the guards of the game. Yet they seem to always forget the "bigs". The guys that are going to open up the opponents defense, the guys that are going to get those hard to get rebounds and feed the guards. The guys that are the focal point of your interior defense. This is a slide show breaking down the best big men. Though there are many bigs there are only a handful that get it done consistently and on a high level.
Not a star anymore by any means Shaq is still one of the best. Last year he was a constant double-double machine. He can still score well and he rebounds like no other. Not to mention he is a very gritty defender, you have one of the best big men in the game. (Not to mention history).
As much as I hate it, I had to much Yao on this list. Though he is very good, in fact he is probably a top 3 center in the game, the guy can't stay healthy. I have a hard time putting a player who seems to miss half a season every year in the top 5. With his enormous 7'6 frame Yao is a force on both ends of the court. He can shoot, he can rebound and he can play some awesome "D". The only problem with Yao is his durability.
Very controversial, Tim Duncan is seen more as a 4 than an actual 5. Yet because San Antonio has no legit 5 Duncan has to act like one. Arguably one of the best player of all time this player gets it done every way. He is consistent, not very injury prone and can be the focal point of an offense.
One of the few elite players in the game Amare is one of the best scoring 5's in the game. He can score from anywhere in the paint and every way. He can shoot the hook, the jumper, and oh boy he sure can dunk. To say he isn't a top 3 big man would be an insult.
Who else? dwight is young and in his prime. He is the leader of his team and has been putting up elite caliber numbers for a few years now. Dwight Howard is the poster child for centers in the league today.