Brad’s daughter. Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Jim Chones. Anderson Varajao. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a long history of talented centers, big men occupying the middle and providing either rim protection or inside scoring. For decades, the most important position in the league was center, and while they didn’t produce all-time greats, they certainly contributed to the line of pivotal men.
That legacy appears to have been renewed with the addition of Jarrett Allen, the first true Cavs center to make an All-Star Game since Ilgauskas in 2005. With Allen also under contract for another four seasons, he should continue to supply the elite two-way production for the Cavs as they move from basement to NBA rooftop suite.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a deep, star-powered center rotation. Does that mean the Cavs have the best squad in the NBA?
What’s even more impressive is the depth the Cavs have built behind Allen. Kevin Love is a former All-Star and one of the best big players in the league. Robin Lopez is now the team’s third center and has been productive in numerous saves in the league. Evan Mobley is a rising defensive phenom and offensive star with the size to play center.
This begs the question: given their power and depth, do the Cavs have the best center rotation in the entire league? No one is suggesting Allen is the best center in the league, not with two-time MVP Nikola Jokic or runner-up Joel Embiid, but neither team has Cleveland’s depth.
Let’s take a look at all the centers on the roster and see what makes them successful, then compare them to the rest of the league. Would the Cavs come out first?