NBA Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking Dwight Howard and Each Team's Center

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking Dwight Howard and Each Team's Center
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The first-round matchups are set, and 16 NBA teams have punched their tickets to the postseason.

Success in the playoffs often depends on how each team's best big man performs.

Here are the rankings of the starting center for each playoff team. In the pursuit of objectivity, I created a new statistic—Center Power Rating.

Center Power Rating is a weighted average of each player's points, rebounds and blocks per game. Each statistic is weighted differently and then summed.

Blocks and rebounds receive a higher weighting because a good center does more than just score points—he controls the paint.

Each center has been ranked by his Center Power Rating for games played through April 11.

Here is the formula:

   Points per game x 1.0

+ Rebounds per game x 1.5

+ Blocks per game x 4.0

= Center Power Rating

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