Let's just be up front right away: There's no suspense this time.
We're ranking the NBA's top 10 players at each position over five weeks, and this week we're evaluating the centers.
Yeah, we all know how this is going to end. So how does everyone fall in line behind Dwight Howard?
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, they are meant to capture where players rank at this moment.
We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.
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Center ranking: 3rd
Current team: Utah Jazz
Height/weight: 6-10, 265
Age on Jan. 4, 2011: 26
Seasons with current team/in NBA: 1/7
2010-11 regular-season stats: 82 G, 35.9 mpg, .496 fg%, .761 ft%, 118.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats*: .528 ts%, .496 efg%, 16.3 trb%, 111 ortg, 108 drtg, 20.7 PER
Contract status: Jefferson has two years, $29 million left on his deal.
Strengths: Jefferson is a workhorse, a prodigious scorer in the paint. He, in effect, replaced Carlos Boozer for the Jazz. He looks to have recovered from major knee surgery.
Weaknesses: Jefferson plays out of position at center. His feet aren't quick enough to be a factor defensively. All too often, when the ball goes into him, it never comes back out.
The future: He might be looking for another home in two more years --- or less.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
ortg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
PER: Developed by ESPN.com's John Hollinger, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.
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