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NBA Offseason: 2013-2014 Top 5 Centers

By Connor Paden
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Mar 4, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

4. Al Horford

2012-2013 per-game statistics: 17.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 19.8 PER

Listed at only 6’10”, Al Horford an undersized center, but the former Florida Gator produces as much as any center in the NBA. This past year he had a game against the Utah Jazz in which he scored 34 points and added 5 blocks. That is a dominant stat line that I expect to see much more of this next season, especially with the Atlanta Hawks losing Josh Smith. He has the ability to knock down open jumpers and has always been consistent from the charity stripe. Very few players have averaged the numbers Horford has at this point in their careers: only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard, and now Horford himself, have averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field threw 6 seasons. I expect his numbers to only improve over this next season.

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