NBA's Most Powerful in the Paint: The League's 10 Best Centers

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NBA's Most Powerful in the Paint: The League's 10 Best Centers
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It's a little over half-way through the NBA season and it seems about time for a look at the 10 best centers in the NBA.  For this article, I will only be looking at true centers, so don't get upset when you fail to find Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudemire and Kevin Love on this list.  Sorry guys, but they're only power forwards, despite playing some minutes at center.

To determine these rankings, I created "Center Efficiency", a formula determining the effectiveness of each center in fulfilling their roles.  The stats used are points, rebounds, field goal percentage, steals and blocks.  The results of this formula were a bit surprising.

Formula: 1.5*PTS + 2*REB + 50*FG% + 5*BLK + 3*STL

100+ = MVP Candidate

90-100 = All-NBA Caliber

80-90 = All-Star Caliber

75-80 = Borderline All-Star

70-75 = Good Player

65-70 = Solid Player

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