Many NBA fans won’t debate when it pertains to the question “Who’s the league’s best center?” It’s Dwight Howard. He was undoubtedly the best at his position in his years with the Orlando Magic, and his reputation as such seems to have stuck with him during his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. While he is still one of the premium centers in the league, Howard certainly isn’t above reproach.
Occasionally, it’s difficult for fans to grasp the possibility of an unsung player surpassing a popular athlete who is held in high regards (despite the inevitability of the concept). However, perhaps Joakim Noah has elevated his play over the past few years just enough to have his name in the “greatest NBA center” discussion. Here’s an in-depth analysis considering both Howard and Noah’s games and deciphering which player deserves the “NBA’s best center” title.