15. Jonas Valanciunas, Pelicans
If Jonas Valanciunas had played 15 or 20 years ago, then he might be an All-Star big man based on his offensive skill set. He’s not the most versatile defender, but he’s a solid rebounder and interior defender. The 6-foot-11 big man has been a solid fit next to Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans thanks to a reliable 3-point shot.
14. Kevon Looney, Warriors
The 6-foot-9 Kevon Looney might be one of the most underrated big men in the NBA. He’s slightly undersized for the center spot, but he fits perfectly into the style that the Golden State Warriors like to play. He’s a great, versatile defender, screen setter, rebounder, and has a high basketball IQ.
13. Ivica Zubic, Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers essentially stole Ivica Zubic from the Los Angeles Lakers a few seasons ago and Zubic has thrived as the Clippers since. The 7-footer has never been much of an offensive threat, but his interior defense and rebounding are near elite. Now he has one of the best backups behind him in Mason Plumlee this season as well.
12. Rudy Gobert, Timberwolves
In his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rudy Gobert struggled to adjust. The 7-foot-1 big man struggled on both sides of the ball, which is surprising on the defensive end considering how elite he was for so long. For the Timberwolves’ sake, hopefully, this isn’t a sign of regression from the former Defensive Player of the Year.
11. Jarrett Allen, Cavaliers
If Evan Mobley can’t find a consistent outside shot, Jarrett Allen’s time with the Cleveland Cavaliers might come to an end soon. Don’t be mistaken, Allen has played well for the Cavs up to this point, except this past postseason. However, the 6-foot-11 center can’t play alongside Mobley in the modern NBA if Mobley isn’t an outside threat. If the former All-Star is traded, he should command an expensive trade package.