Who’s NBA’s best center? Rudy Gobert: ‘Right now, I think it’s me’

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Who’s the best center in the NBA?

Marc Gasol? Anthony Davis? DeMarcus Cousins? DeAndre Jordan? Andre Drummond? Hassan Whiteside? Al Horford? Draymond Green?

Rudy Gobert, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

“To be honest, right now, I think it’s me,” Gobert told ESPN, before following up in a fashion his coach would approve of. “But it’s a long season. I just try to take every game as a challenge. The hardest thing is to do it [for] the full season.”

I’d lean toward Davis, who starts at power forward but spend most of his minutes at center. I’d put Gasol second.

But Gobert continues to surge up the rankings. His comments came on the heals of his Jazz beating Gasol’s Grizzlies (with Mike Conley back) and dominating the individual matchup:

  • Gobert: 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting, 12 rebounds, three blocks
  • Gasol: eight points on 4-of-22 shooting, seven rebounds, four assists

Gobert flourishes as a rim protector, does an underrated job in space defensively and plays an efficient offensive style. And he’s on a hot streak.

I question whether he can maintain it. Davis and Gasol have longer track records of stardom. But if Gobert does, he certainly belongs in the discussion.