We're ranking the NBA's top 10 players at each position over five weeks, and this week we're evaluating the centers.
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, these rankings 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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Current team: Denver Nuggets
Height/weight: 6-11, 250
Age on Sept. 13, 2011: 29
Seasons with current team/in NBA:9/9
2010-11 regular-season stats: 75 G, 33.30 mpg, .61.5 fg%, .71.1 ft%, 14.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats*: .657 ts%, .615 efg%, 14.4 trb%, 123 ortg, 104 drtg, 20.1 PER
2011 postseason stats: 5 G, 32.4 mpg, .478 fg%, .563 ft%, 14.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.8 bpg
2011 advanced postseason stats*: .529 ts%, .478 efg%, 15.5 trb%, 107 ortg, 102 drtg, 17.1 PER
Contract status: Nene is a free agent, opting out of the final year of his deal that would have paid him $12 million this season. He will be highly attractive to teams needing a center.
Strengths: Nene is one of the league's most reliable centers, with terrific hands and feet. He runs the floor well, is unselfish and physical. He is a high-percentage finisher who shot 61.5 percent from the field. He is a crafty defender who had 84 steals last season.
Weaknesses: At this stage of his career, Nene is what he is. His post moves aren't polished, and he isn't a great rebounder or shot-blocker.
The future: Nene would leave a big hole for a team that already has traded Carmelo Anthony.
*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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