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Where Does Lopez Rank Among NBA Centers?

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The NBA's elite centers are few in number. Yao Ming is out for the season. Shaquille O'Neal will soon be 38. Dwight Howard is a given but is Al Jefferson a center...and isn't he returning from a torn ACL? So who's ahead of Brook Lopez? As a rookie, he averaged 13.0 and 8.1, finished ninth in the league in blocks and sixth in dunks? HoopsWorld suggests there are a few, but not many.