We are almost halfway through the season (some teams have already played 39 games) so allow me to rank the 5 best centers for fantasy basketball right now. Looking at how the chips fall, only one player in this list can be considered a pleasant surprise but find out why I don’t think he will be able to sustain his pace.
1.) Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Davis is the measuring stick of the modern big man– can score, rebound, pass, and can stretch the floor a little bit. He may be the consensus No. 1 pick if we redo the draft all over again. That said, his durability remains a question mark, having missed 17% of his games in his previous six campaigns. AD’s lack of three-point shooting is also a bummer but I guess you just can’t have everything.
Currently, Davis owns elite averages– 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.6 blocks on 50% shooting from the floor and 80% at the line. He also owns some of the weirdest (in a good way) stat lines of the season.
Exhibit A: The first 5x5x5 game of the 2018-19 season.
Jusuf Nurkic had the latest one with seven assists, five blocks, and five steals the other day (on top of 24 points and 23 rebounds) but Davis had the first– a 6-assist, 5-steal, 5-block game on Nov. 21, 2018.
Exhibit B: One of three games with at least 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Davis and two other centers (they will be on this list for sure) boast the only 30-20-5 games of the season. The most impressive thing is, AD was not at his best this night of Dec. 21, 2018, when he reportedly vomited at the Staples Center restroom because of an apparent illness.
Exhibit C: The ONLY game with at least 48 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 assists.
AD has six 40-point games so far this season but on Dec. 28, 2018, he totaled his best effort of 48 points, adding 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks for good measure.
Yahoo! Fantasy currently ranks Davis the No. 1 player– not center, PLAYER– in fantasy basketball right now and the scary thing is, we may not have seen the best of him YET.
2.) Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
KAT is no Anthony Davis but boy, is he damn near close. After a relatively slow start to the season amidst the Jimmy Butler debacle, Towns was back to being a beast. He is now the 5th-ranked fantasy player in the whole world and the second best fantasy center behind the aforementioned Davis. KAT’s advantage over AD is that he never misses games in any of his three previous seasons. And while he is not the passer nor the defender Davis is, Towns is a 39% shooter from deep and makes almost two a game from distance.
As of now, his season numbers are not too shabby: 21.7 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks on a 49% shooting clip and 83% from the line.
Like Davis, Towns is also the owner of the most absurd stat lines this season. The case/s on point:
Exhibit A: The ONLY 35-23-6 game of the season.
Yeah, Chicago’s defense isn’t much but this performance stands alone as the only game of at least 35-23-6 of the 2018-19 season. Towns did not register any defensive stats on this one but I wouldn’t dare ask anything more out of my big man if he gives me that much