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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings – Centers

A list of the top centers to draft for the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season.

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1. DeMarcus Cousins  Sacramento Kings

2014-15 Projected Stats (per game)
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View DeMarcus Cousins's 2014-15 projected stats.

The 2013-14 season saw Cousins firmly establish himself among the league's elite frontcourt players. Coming off of a 2012-13 campaign in which he averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds, Cousins upped his all-around production, boosting his scoring more than five points per game (22.7) while averaging career-highs in rebounds (11.7) and assists (2.9). He also shot a career-best 50 percent from the field and converted nearly 70 percent of his attempts within three feet of the rim. Arguably the year's biggest All-Star snub, Cousins finished the season with the fifth-highest PER (26.1) in the league, and ranked among the top five in rebounds per game, total rebound percentage, defensive rebound percentage (first), and usage rate. Despite the vast all-around improvement, Cousins' career continues to be overshadowed by lingering character issues. It's well-known that he's among the league's most intense competitors, but he often draws criticism for allowing his emotions to spill over onto the court. Cousins ranked among the top four in personal fouls for the fourth straight season and picked up a league-high 16 technicals. Still, he hasn't let his emotions affect his production, and he figures to again be among the top fantasy forwards/centers this season. The Kings may be a few years away from contending, but after a strong summer with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, Cousins' stock is higher than ever.

2. Al Jefferson  Charlotte Hornets

2014-15 Projected Stats (per game)
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View Al Jefferson's 2014-15 projected stats.

After essentially putting up MVP-type numbers over the second half of last season, it's hard to forecast what Al Jefferson can do for an encore in his second season with Charlotte. After the All-Star break, he averaged 24.5 points and 11.2 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field to lead Charlotte to its first playoff appearance since 2010. Part of the reason for Jefferson's success was his ability to hit shots from mid-range and in. Jefferson made more field goals from inside of 16 feet than anybody last season, but the Hornets have more offensive weapons than they did last year, and Jefferson turns 30 in January. They'd be wise not to rely on the big man as much (despite his success) in 2014-15. The end is in no way near, but it's more than reasonable to suspect Jefferson's numbers to drop just a little this season. In fact, our projections call for him to drop off roughly three points per game from last season.

3. Marc Gasol  Memphis Grizzlies

2014-15 Projected Stats (per game)
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View Marc Gasol's 2014-15 projected stats.

Gasol is entering his seventh NBA season. Last season, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 33 minutes per game through 59 games. He shot 47 percent from the field on 12.1 attempts per game and 77 percent from the free-throw line on 4.1 attempts per game. Gasol missed time early in the year due to injury (knee) but came back with a vengeance, helping lead the Grizzlies to the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference. In seven playoff games versus the Thunder, he posted 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 43 minutes per game. He shot 41 percent from the field on 16.6 attempts per game and 79 percent from the charity stripe on 4.9 attempts per game.

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