2022 NBA free agent rankings: Top centers this offseason

2022 NBA free agent rankings: Top centers this offseason

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2022 NBA free agent rankings: Top centers this offseason

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1
Deandre Ayton / Phoenix (Restricted)

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

He has improved over the past couple of seasons and though he may never fully live up to the hype of being a former No. 1 pick, his finishing down low, energy when engaged and elite rebounding make him a top center in basketball.

2021/22 stats: 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.7 bpg, 63.4 FG%, 36.8 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $12,632,950
Career earnings: $40,389,910
Agent: Bill Duffy

2
Montrezl Harrell / Charlotte

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High-energy player whose defensive deficiencies force him off the floor at times. Even so, a good scorer down low and a solid rebounder, especially on the offensive end.

2021/22 stats: 13.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.6 bpg, 64.5 FG%, 23.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $9,720,900
Career earnings: $34,495,282
Agent: Derrick Powell

3
Thomas Bryant / Washington

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Didn’t look fully like his old self in his return from a torn ACL, but the fact he got out there at all last season was promising. Solid scorer down low who can block shots and shoot it some.

2021/22 stats: 7.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.8 bpg, 52.0 FG%, 28.6 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $8,666,667
Career earnings: $27,193,857
Agent: Todd Ramasar

4
LaMarcus Aldridge / Brooklyn

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He may not move like he once did, but he can still be trusted to catch the ball and knock down mid-range jumpers for days.

2021/22 stats: 12.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.0 bpg, 55.0 FG%, 30.4 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $2,641,691
Career earnings: $215,090,968
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

5
Hassan Whiteside / Utah

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Frustrating at times but when he’s engaged, he remains a top-level rebounder and shot-blocker, if nothing else.

2021/22 stats: 8.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 1.6 bpg, 65.2 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $2,401,537
Career earnings: $105,390,288
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

6
Taj Gibson / New York (Non-guaranteed)

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Intelligent big man who can do some scoring out of the low block and hit shots from the midrange.

2021/22 stats: 4.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.6 apg, 51.8 FG%, 39.5 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $4,910,000
Career earnings: $82,906,852
Agent: Mark Bartelstein

7
DeMarcus Cousins / Denver

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Proved yet again he’s got plenty left in the tank. Big man with great scoring touch.

2021/22 stats: 9.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 46.0 FG%, 30.3 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $2,038,942
Career earnings: $94,281,285
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

8
Tristan Thompson / Chicago

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Can rebound some off the bench and finish plays around the basket.

2021/22 stats: 6.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 52.8 FG%, 33.3 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $1,000,000
Career earnings: $116,140,044
Agent: Rich Paul

9
Ed Davis / Cleveland

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Veteran leader well-liked in the locker room who plays with good scrappiness.

2021/22 stats: 0.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 bpg, 68.8 FG%, 0.0 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $2,641,691
Career earnings: $46,486,744
Agent: Aaron Mintz

10
Bruno Fernando / Houston (Restricted)

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Athletic big man who sticks to finishing around the basket and protecting the paint.

2021/22 stats: 2.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 65.5 FG%, 50.0 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $1,782,621
Career earnings: $4,613,102
Agent: Andy Shiffman

11
Dwight Howard / LA Lakers

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA career in its final stanza, but can still finish around the rim, defend and rebound some.

2021/22 stats: 6.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 61.2 FG%, 53.3 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $2,641,691
Career earnings: $245,142,483
Agent: Qais Haider

12
Gorgui Dieng / Atlanta

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Can be relied upon for spot minutes as a play-finisher and defender of the paint.

2021/22 stats: 3.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 47.3 FG%, 42.6 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $4,000,000
Career earnings: $71,660,739
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

13
Luka Garza / Detroit

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Good nose for scoring in the paint but could stand to work on his three-point shot and rebounding defensively.

2021/22 stats: 5.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 44.9 FG%, 32.7 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $925,258
Career earnings: $925,258
Agent: Mike Kneisley

14
Udonis Haslem / Miami

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The oldest player in the league, will this finally be the summer he calls it quits on an astounding career for an undrafted player? A valued locker-room presence.

2021/22 stats: 2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.3 apg, 45.2 FG%, 25.0 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $2,641,691
Career earnings: $68,099,795
Agent: Mitch Nathan

15
Greg Monroe / Minnesota

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Veteran, reliable big man who can be trusted to do some scoring in spot minutes off the bench.

2021/22 stats: 5.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 56.1 FG%, 0.0 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $198,748
Career earnings: $77,421,378
Agent: Joel Bell

16
Moses Brown / Cleveland (Restricted)

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Athletic and mobile big man with potential as a shot-blocker.

2021/22 stats: 4.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 59.3 FG%, 0.0 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $232,316
Career earnings: $3,162,639
Agent: Mitchell Butler

17
Neemias Queta / Sacramento (Restricted)

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Athletic big man who can finish around the rim.

2021/22 stats: 3.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.4 apg, 44.7 FG%, 0.0 3PT%
2021/22 earnings: $462,629
Career earnings: $300,443
Agent: Bill Duffy

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