After a long offseason, the 2021-22 NBA season is almost here, and that also means the return of fantasy basketball.
As you prepare for your fantasy basketball draft, The Duel has you covered every step of the way. Our top-100 fantasy basketball player rankings are a great place to start, but sometimes you're looking for something more specific.
With that in mind, here are the top 25 centers (based on Yahoo! position eligibility) for fantasy basketball drafts.
Fantasy Basketball Center Rankings
1. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic hit new heights during the 2020-21 NBA season. He set a career high in points per game (26.4) while stuffing the stat sheet with 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game as well. Jokic carried the load for the Denver Nuggets with Jamal Murray sidelined for the last month and a half, and he was rewarded with MVP honors. Murray could miss most, if not all, of this season while he recovers from a torn ACL. Jokic will be leaned on to carry this team, and he should be in for another monster year.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
3. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid could've walked away with the MVP last year if injuries didn't put a damper on his campaign. Still, Embiid took his game to another level for the Philadelphia 76ers, registering a career-high 28.5 PPG along with 10.6 RPG and 2.8 APG. Embiid made his presence felt on defense as well, adding 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. And the 7-footer even shot a career-best 37.7% from deep last year, making him a true all-around threat. Embiid will be this team's No. 1 option once again, but he could take on an even bigger role, depending on what happens with Ben Simmons. Expect the 76ers' big man to be a top MVP candidate during the 2021-22 campaign.
5. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
6. Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls
7. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
8. Julius Randle, New York Knicks
Julius Randle enjoyed a breakout year as the New York Knicks' leading man last season. Randle popped off for 24.1 PPG, 10.2 RPG and 6.0 APG, all of which set or tied career highs for the now eighth-year pro. New York didn't use its cap space this summer to acquire stars; the Knicks instead opted for modest upgrades by signing Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. That means Randle's spot as the top option is safe, and he should challenge for an All-NBA nod once again this season.
9. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
11. Clint Capela, Atlanta Hawks
12. Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks
13. John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
14. Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
15. Christian Wood, Houston Rockets
16. Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers
17. Richaun Holmes, Sacramento Kings
18. Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
19. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
20. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
21. Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans
22. Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers
23. Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons
24. Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors
25. Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs
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