Top 30 NBA centers — 21. Mitchell Robinson, Knicks
Mitchell Robinson is a per-minute beast. He’s a prolific shot-blocker and a virtually unstoppable play finisher within five feet of the rim. Some of the most entertaining lob finishes each season belong to Robinson. The main hurdle for him is fouling (he’s not able to play star-level minutes, even if his impact sometimes borders on star-level) and health. If he can stay on the court and play with more discipline, whoever signs Robinson this offseason should be very happy.
Top 30 NBA centers — 20. Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic’s Portland career has been besieged by injuries, but when healthy, he’s quite effective. He’s another more traditional center who has been outmoded in some respects (he is exclusively a drop coverage defender, for example), but the strength and skill is impossible to overlook. Nurkic can bully smaller defenders in the post, he’s an exquisite passer for his position, and he’s still a brick wall defensively. It’s hard to go up against him at the rim.
Top 30 NBA centers — 19. Jakob Poeltl, Spurs
Jakob Poeltl has quietly developed into one of the NBA’s best defensive centers. The Spurs are at an inflection point as a franchise, which makes Poeltl’s future unclear, but he’s the kind of player who would fit just about everywhere. He protects the rim at a high level, he crashes the glass hard, and he’s an excellent complementary piece on offense.