NBA Free Agency 2011: Yao Ming and the Top 10 Centers Available

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Yao Ming and the Top 10 Centers Available
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With the NBA playoffs right around the corner, basketball fans have many things to be excited about. High quality playoff basketball, the draft and free agency are just a few. This year doesn't have the superstar free agent names as last year, but plenty of high end players will be available. More importantly, plenty of top-notch centers will be free agents this summer.

There is no arguing that having a viable center is an extremely important part of basketball. Without one, opponents are able to rebound easier, drive to the hoop, put up uncontested shots and generally feel more comfortable against you.

Case-and-point is the Miami Heat. Even with all their talent they have had big problems without a true inside presence.

As far as centers go, this year's class could be one of the best ones in recent memory. Whether you're looking for a scorer, shot blocker, defender, paint-clogger, "glue" guy or all around presence down low, this years class has it all.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 free agent centers in 2011.

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