Today, there are seven-footers in the NBA who can dribble like guards, jump like forwards, and shoots or drunks amazingly. Here are the top 5 best big-men right now, not counting those who missed the cut due to injury (Griffin, Rudy Gobert, etc.)
Drummond is strutting his stuff as a high-post passer and showing a massive improvement on the defensive end. His free throw percentage went from 38.6 last year to 64.8 this year. At 14-8, the Pistons are the surprise team of the NBA. Drummond eating the competition is what has made it all possible.
Here’s the guy who has made unicorn emojis fashionable again. Porzingis is today’s NBA tallest player and can play on both the power forward and center positions. The 22-year-old stretches the floor on one end with his three-point range and shrinks it for the opposition on the other end with his shot-blocking skills. After Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks, Porzingis has taken over the New York territory.
Calling himself “the Processor”, Embiid is averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds a game, with enough threes, blocks, and assists. The Cameroonian is known to trash talk his opponents. Recently, he said Andre Drummond is defensively too weak to stop him, calling himself the best big man in the league. Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid are now exchanging words. Drummond then did an interview on NBA TV, and he explained why he’s looking forward to the rematch.
The man whose arms were the inspiration for The Neverending Story, Davis continues to outdo himself. He is turning in by far his most efficient season (57.3 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from deep). The 2012 NBA draft’s first overall plays the power forward and center positions.
1. DeMarcus Cousins – New Orleans Pelicans (2.11 m & 122 kg)
Suicide mission comes when one tries to stand between the basket and this guy coming in with a head steam. Nicknamed “Boogie”, DeMarcus Cousins straight destroys lives. He is the only player in the top six in both scoring and rebounding this season. His 3.0 combined steals and blocks per game are helping him generate some serious All-Defensive team buzz.