Gary Gramling

NBA Positional Rankings: Centers

You can't go wrong with either, really.

1. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic: He's in a legendary battle with the red-hot Tim Duncan for the top spot, but Superman's unbelievable outing on Tuesday night -- 45 points, 19 rebounds, 8 blocks -- sealed his spot at Number 1 (for now).

2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: Who does this guy think he is challenging Dwight Howard, Krypto-Nate? Big Fun is playing his best ball on the offensive end in years, averaging 22.1 points to go along with 11.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 blocks. If the Spurs keep playing him 35-to-40 minutes per night (instead of the 30-to-35 he usually gets), he'll have a real shot at overtaking Howard.

3. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers: He sneaks under the radar while playing in Kobe's shadow, but Gasol has been great across the board lately. Over his past 15 games, he's averaging 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

4. David Lee, New York Knicks: Lee continues to be a double-double machine for the uptempo Knicks. Since January 1, Lee has posted 22 double-doubles in 23 games and is tied with Dwight Howard for the NBA lead with 42 on the season.

5. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets: He missed two games with a knee injury in late January, but since returning to the lineup Yao has looked healthy and dominant. In eight games since returning from the injury, Yao is averaging 20.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. Now the question is: How long can he stay healthy?

6. Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers: Murph has been magnificent this season, posting a career-best year for Indy. He's been particularly hot since New Year's, averaging 14.8 points and 11.2 rebounds over 24 games.

7. Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats: He may not be a star, but Okafor is emerging as a consistent force in the middle for Charlotte. Over his past 15 games, Oak is averaging 14.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks.

8. Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz: A case of the flu has been the only thing slowing down Memo lately. Since New Year's, the Utah big man has averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds.

9. Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors: Things continue to go downhill for CB4 and the Raps. He's missed four straight games with a knee injury (though Bosh is expected to return early next week at the latest), and Bosh continues to perform below superstar level. Over his past eight games, Bosh is averaging a good-but-not-great 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds.

10. Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns: He's been fantasy basketball's biggest disappointment this season. He's spent most of the past month at the center of trade rumors. But will things look up for Amar'e after an impressive All-Star showing? He came out firing in Tuesday's blowout win over the Clippers. Stat only played 20 minutes, but posted 23 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

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