2023 NBA Free Agents: Centers

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2023 NBA Free Agency: The top NBA free agent centers for 2023. Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of July 7, 2023.
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  1. Nikola Vucevic, C, Chicago Bulls, UFA, 32
    Vucevic isn’t an all-star anymore, but he is still an excellent scorer near the basket and when shooting. Vucevic is also one of the league’s elite rebounders and a fantastic playmaker for a center, but he’s not much of a defender.

  2. Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks, UFA, 35
    Lopez is no longer an all-star, but he is still a really strong offensive player, who shoots threes, rebounds and blocks shots at an excellent rate. It’s hard to see him walking away from the Bucks.

  3. Jakob Poeltl, C, Toronto Raptors, UFA, 27
    Poeltl is as solid as it gets at the five. He basically averages a double-double and is an incredibly efficient player. As Toronto traded a first-round pick for Poeltl, he is likely to re-sign.

  4. Thomas Bryant, C, Denver Nuggets, UFA, 25
    Bryant had a very solid season for the Lakers, as he had some big games with Anthony Davis injured. For the Nuggets though, he has struggled a bit. Regardless, he’s one of the elite reserve centers in the NBA.

  5. Mason Plumlee, C, Los Angeles Clippers, UFA, 32
    He is a solid veteran center who can start, but should be a third big. He is a very efficient scorer and talented rebounder who was a nice addition to the Clippers after a decade in Charlotte.

  6. Andre Drummond, C, Chicago Bulls, PO, 28
    Drummond is one of the best rebounders in history, which is a fun fact, and he is more than capable of scoring the ball. Drummond is not much of a defender, however, and he can’t shoot the ball.

  7. DeAndre Jordan, C, Denver Nuggets, UFA, 34
    Jordan is still an excellent rebounder and would average a double-double if he was given some more time. Jordan is no longer a starter, but is one of the best reserve centers in the NBA.

  8. Naz Reid, C, Minnesota Timberwolves, UFA, 22
    Naz Reid produces when he gets minutes and deserves a larger role. He can really affect the game with his style, but there are so few minutes available with the Timberwolves.

  9. Blake Griffin, C, Boston Celtics, UFA, 34
    Griffin isn’t the dunk-machine star he was with the Clippers, but Griffin has made himself into a fantastic role guy. He hustles; he rebounds; and he really helps in the little aspects that help his team win.

  10. Bismack Biyombo, C, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 29
    Biyombo was considered somewhat of a draft bust, but the big man has been an efficient scorer, an excellent rebounder and a solid defender. His length is simply incredible, which he has put to use well.

  11. Robin Lopez, C, Cleveland Cavaliers, UFA, 35
    Robin Lopez isn’t the offensive player his twin, Brook, is, but Robin Lopez has been a strong defensive center for a long time. He serves the Cavaliers quite well as the fourth big man.

  12. Isaiah Roby, C, San Antonio Spurs, UFA, 25
    Roby was a really productive big in Oklahoma City, but he has a small role for the Spurs. Roby has proven that he can shoot and score off the bench; he just needs a different team.

  13. Nick Richards, C, Charlotte Hornets, UFA, 25
    Richards is a really solid second-unit center who is making the most of his minutes this season. His shot-blocking and rebounding numbers are fantastic.

  14. Jock Landale, C, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 27
    Landale has been a productive reserve big for the Suns who scores efficiently, can shoot and notches a lot of rebounds and blocks.

  15. Gorgui Dieng, C, San Antonio Spurs, UFA, 32
    Dieng was a double-double machine when he was with the Timberwolves, but now he is a spot role player.

  16. Jaxon Hayes, C, New Orleans Pelicans, RFA, 23
    Yes, Hayes has not played like the the 10th pick from his draft, but he is still a somewhat productive per-minute guy. On a team other than the Pelicans, he could find a role.

  17. Damion Jones, C, Los Angeles Lakers, PO, 28
    Jones is a nice reserve big man who can score efficiently and get some rebounds. Additionally, he is a talented shot blocker.

  18. Boban Marjanovic, C, Houston Rockets, UFA, 34
    Because he is the tallest and one of the most likable players in the NBA, fans love Marjanovic. He was also in “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” so yeah, Marjanovic is the man. He’s also an incredibly productive bench big, but has struggled to find consistent minutes in the league and is aging.

  19. Frank Kaminsky, C, Houston Rockets, UFA, 30
    The former Wisconsin superstar and lottery pick, Kaminsky hasn’t performed in the NBA the way many assumed he would. Still, he is a very solid offensive player and can be a strong fourth big man.

  20. Omer Yurtseven, C, Miami Heat, RFA, 25
    Yurtseven is injured, so there is only has his rookie season to go on, but he showed real potential as a scorer and a rebounder.

  21. Goga Bitadze, C, Indiana Pacers, RFA, 24
    The former first-round pick has not found a role on the Pacers, but has produced nicely. He could thrive with a different team.

  22. Chimezie Metu, C, Sacramento Kings, UFA, 26
    Metu is a solid fourth big man who is very productive in his small role for the Kings.

  23. Udoka Azubuike, C, Utah Jazz, RFA, 23
    Azubuike hasn’t found minutes in his short career, but he has produced. He is a skilled rebounder and can score the ball well.

  24. Alex Len, C, Sacramento Kings, UFA, 30
    Len has no role with the Kings this season, but he is a huge center who is a strong rebounder and is a talented offensive big.

  25. Taj Gibson, C, Washington Wizards, UFA, 38
    Gibson has been an excellent big man in the NBA, but he’s quite old. He was once a physical beast who despite lacking height, was able to score, defend and rebound well. He is currently an incredible locker room and practice guy, which has a lot of value.

  26. Tony Bradley, C, Chicago Bulls, UFA, 25
    Bradley is a very efficient scoring big man who can rebound, but he hasn’t played much in his six seasons so far.

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