An NBA center is an integral position on the team. They're the last line of defense and have the best opportunity to create fast breaks and easy baskets. Offensively, they usually have the best shooting percentage and can get quick points with minimal effort. A high-level center can often be the difference between a playoff team and a team with an early vacation. Although there are tons of great centers such as DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Drummond, and Anthony Davis, there are all sorts of poor centers who can't put one foot in front of the other.
It's amazing that these players have found places where they can get 25 minutes per game. They often turn the ball over too much or can't even corral an entry pass in the first place. There's a multitude of ways that a center can perform poorly and this list is going to show all of them. If your team's starting center is on this list, you should probably hope that the front office is looking for a replacement. In this article, if a player was good before 2010, but declined drastically, they're eligible for this list. So, let's look at the NBA's 15 worst starting centers since 2010.
15 Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao is like the B+ version of Joakim Noah. Both players are great antagonizers and constantly do all the dirty work that other players won't. However, Varejao simply isn't a good basketball player and one of Tthe main reasons is that he flops entirely too often. I don't like seeing flopping in any sport, by any player. If my favorite player does it, then I want them penalized. Varejao is one of the premier floppers in the NBA and seems to try it on every possession. It's sad, it looks dumb, and it's an insult to the integrity of basketball. Varejao doesn't realize that if he flops and doesn't get a call, then the player he was defending gets a wide open shot! So it's a double whammy.
14 Tyler Zeller
13 Cody Zeller
12 Larry Sanders
11 Spencer Hawes
10 Miles Plumlee
9 Tiago Splitter
For a guy who measures in at just under seven feet and weighs 245 pounds, Tiago Splitter gets bullied around way too much in the post. It doesn't matter if it's at the offensive or defensive end. He'll get blocked attempting layups and isn't a great rebounder at the other end of the court. If you're the biggest guy on the court, you'd better be good at grabbing the ball! It's an essential skill to have. Splitter doesn't have to be leading the league in rebounds, but some improvement would be nice. He averages just over five per game for his career. That's kinda sad for such a big body.
8 Samuel Dalembert
Yet another entry on this list that falls into the "he's not a starter, but he'd be great off the bench" category. Samuel Dalembert had a long career in the NBA and some of it was surprisingly good, but the tail end of it was just rough. He was a starter all the way up to when he left the NBA after the 2014-2015 season. I definitely agree that he deserved to be a starter in the prime of his career (2006-2010), but, after that, he started getting hurt and his play declined as well as his health. However, Dalembert kept starting the majority of games and he simply wasn't the same person. He might have been more productive if he limited his starts and his minutes, but he consistently was playing around 20 minutes per game in the twilight of his career.
7 Gorgui Dieng
6 Bismack Biyombo
Oh my goodness, I can't believe that Biyombo is still getting starts for teams. He's still pulling in over 20 minutes per game. Obviously that's because he's an excellent rim protector and gobbles up rebounds like they're jelly beans. All of that is very good. Teams need at least one guy who can make opponents scared to drive the lane. For as strong as his rebounding and blocking are, his offensive game is the exact opposite. His hands are some sort of combination of a brick and a Butterfinger candy bar. Sure, he's improved offensively, but when you're the seventh overall pick in the draft, you're supposed to at least be acceptable. Biyombo doesn't need to go out and start putting up 15 points per game, but some sort of output would probably make his teams a little happier. He became a fan favorite in Toronto during last season's playoffs for his heart, but we're certain that Raptors fans will be a lot happier with Jonas Valanciunas patrolling the court next year.
5 Omer Asik
4 Timofey Mozgov
3 Andris Biedrins
2 Zaza Pachulia
1 Kendrick Perkins
Thankfully Kendrick Perkins isn't getting starters minutes on any team. He used to though and that boggles my mind. His post-up game is nonexistent, but that didn't stop him from trying. Whether he was moving so slowly that he would be called for a three-second violation or throwing up some hail mary hook shot, Perkins was always entertaining to watch. However, if you were a fan of the team he was on, there was probably a lot of screaming and cursing instead. Perkins is a big body, which is great for defending centers who want to post up. But, he's too slow to get out and stop centers who want to shoot from farther than 10 feet away. Since there are tons of guys who can shoot mid-range jumpers very well, it's strange that Perkins used to get 26 minutes per game. Many people say that stats don't tell the whole story and, while that is true, there aren't many fans who would choose to have Kendrick Perkins as a starter on their teams, especially since he's slowed down since 2010.
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