Best teams to play as center

The big men in under the rim NBA 2K23 have great responsibilities and expectations. In the past, they’ve always been asked to snatch rebounds and defend the color on defense and set screens on offense. This is still true in modern times, but the repertoire has expanded to include three-point shooting and playmaking.

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That makes the choice of a team in NBA 2K23 a big (pun intended) order. With so many tasks expected of players, they need a team that will pay off that investment. Only a select group of teams deserve this consideration.


Charlotte Hornets

position player valuation
PG LaMelo ball 87
SG Terry Rozier III 82
SF Gordon Hayward 80
PF PJ Washington 78
C Mason Plumlee 75

Ideally, players should try to find a team with a center under 80 while the rest of the team is over 80. Unfortunately, no team meets the criteria and only three teams have a center position below 80 with only one other weakness. The first of these are the Charlotte Hornets.

Mason Plumlee is the worst starter in the game by rating, so passing him to win the starting reel is a no-brainer. PJ Washington isn’t great at power forward either, but that can be a plus since players who love investing in elite defense and rebound badges get the inside all to themselves.

Brooklyn Networks

position player valuation
PG Kyrie Irving 89
SG Seth Curry 78
SF Kevin Durant 96
PF Ben Simmons 83
C Nicholas Claxton 76

Next up is the Brooklyn Nets, who have a center starter just one point from the lowest starter at the position. With Claxton replaced, the only real issue is Seth Curry as shooting guard, but bigs who love the popular build that uses top-tier shooting badges can help out at the perimeter.

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The biggest selling points are Kyrie Irving (89) at point guard and Kevin Durant (96) at small forward. With a strong center, they have a superstar on all three levels, giving the Nets a lineup that can easily contend for a title in the player’s first season.

Los Angeles Clippers

position player valuation
PG John Wall 78
SG Normal Powell 80
SF PaulGeorge 88
PF Kawhi Leonard 94
C Ivica Zubac 77

Finally, the third team with only one problem area next to the center are the Clippers, who have Ivica Zubac as their big man. John Wall is the team’s other problem as a point guard, but he has at least some slashing and goal-shooting skills.

To make the most of this team, do what two-time MVP winner Nikola Jokic does by fitting in with elite forwards from the inside. With the best playmaking badges, centers can rack up plenty of assists for the Clippers in addition to their usual rebounds and blocks.

Milwaukee Bucks

position player valuation
PG Jrue holiday 86
SG Wesley Matthews 72
SF Chris Middleton 86
PF Giannis Antetokounmpo 97
C Bach Lopez 80

There’s no getting around the fact that Wesley Matthews is the worst starter in the entire game at the shooting guard there. And Brook Lopez at 80 will need an extra week or two to replace him. But after those problems are overcome, the Bucks have a huge advantage.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is the highest rated player in the game with 97. This team is poised to win another championship with this roster if they can get some help scoring indoors. With a few ideal finishing touches, centers can make the Bucks a team that dominates the interior.

Los Angeles Lakers

position player valuation
PG Russell Westbrook 78
SG Patrick Beverly 78
SF Lebron James 96
PF Anthony Davis 90
C Thomas Bryant 76

Some players will stay away from the Los Angeles Lakers because of their sub-pat guards. But Thomas Bryant is a no-brainer to be replaced very quickly, and once that’s done the centers will play with the forward combination of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The Lakers are one of only two teams in the game to have two starters seated at 90+. Being the third Superstar for the team means total dominance on the inside. Stretch bigs will also be able to provide the squad with much-needed help from the perimeter.

NBA 2K23 is available now for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

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