Top 10 WNBA Centers 2023 Rankings
Ranking the best WNBA Centers of the 2023 WNBA season as A’ja Wilson lead the way. Also where Brittney Griner, Candace Parker, Aliyah Boston and more rank
By admin | July 13, 2023
The landscape of women’s basketball is continuing to evolve as the talent level on the floor continues to grow year over year. That is the case within the WNBA league as each of the 12 WNBA teams are loaded with talented WNBA players filling out their roster. This includes at the center position that features a dynamic duo atop the Top 10 WNBA Centers 2023 Rankings list while a nice young mix of the future stars of the WNBA as well.
Headlining the list of the top WNBA centers is the Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson who is currently ranked among the leaders in both scoring and rebounding per game.
Wilson entered mid-July ranked 7th in the WNBA in scoring averaging 19.4 points per game while ranking 5th in rebounding while averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. The Aces center is just one of the many centers performing at a high level including WNBA Rookie of the Year front runner Aliyah Boston who is currently averaging 15 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds per game.
Joining Boston and Wilson among the best centers in the WNBA in 2023 include Britney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, Ezi Magbegor of the Seattle Storm, and Shakira Austin of the Washington Mystics. Here is a look at the Top 10 WNBA Centers 2023 Rankings list.
Team: Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Stats: 7.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, .6 APG
Coming in just outside of the top 10 WNBA centers is the Los Angeles Sparks center and former UConn Huskies star Azura Stevens. Stevens, who is in her first regular season with the Sparks after spending the past three seasons with the Chicago Sky, has been strong for the Sparks at the center position.
Currently Stevens is averaging 7.7 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds while also adding 1.2 steals and nearly one blocked shot per game (.9). However, over her last four games, Stevens has posted at least 13 points in each contest to go along with at least five rebounds.
Team: Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Stats: 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, .2 APG
While you’re sitting behind one of the best centers in all of the WNBA in Britney Griner, it is hard to get on the floor and produce night in and night out. However, Megan Gustafson has been solid in her time on the floor while providing strength and depth to the Phoenix Mercury lineup.
The former Iowa Hawkeyes center is currently averaging career highs in minutes played per game (10.7) and points per game (4.4) while adding 2.8 rebounds per game across limited minutes played per game.
Top 10 WNBA Centers
10. Kalani Brown
Team: Dallas Wings
WNBA Stats: 7.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.2 APG
Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Centers 2023 Rankings list is one of two of the Dallas Wings talented centers in Kalani Brown. Brown was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks during the 2019 WNBA Draft but has bounced around since joining the Wings on a hardship contract before the season.
Brown has provided depth and talent at the position including averaging 7.9 points over 20.7 minutes per game. In addition, Brown has been strong on the defensive end of the floor for the Wings posting at least one blocked shot in eight of the 13 games played this season while averaging nearly one blocked shot per game.
9. Chiney Ogwumike
Team: Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Stats: 8.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG
The Los Angeles Sparks continue to build a solid following at the center position where Chiney Ogwumike has been strong at the center position all season while averaging 21.2 minutes per game.
The former 1st overall pick during the 2014 WNBA Draft has put together a solid WNBA resume including winning the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award that season as well as being named to two WNBA All-Star teams.
In 10 games this season with the Los Angeles Sparks, Ogwumike is averaging 8.4 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while providing depth on both ends of the hardwood.
8. Candace Parker
Team: Las Vegas Aces
WNBA Stats: 9.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.7 APG
Not the young chicken and elite talent she once was when she entered the WNBA in 2008, Candace Parker still ranks among the best centers in the game while also one of the best leaders in the game.
Parker, who has put together a stellar career including winning two WNBA championships, arrived with the Las Vegas Aces in hopes of helping the team repeat this season. Over the course of the season, Parker has done exactly that while playing solid on both ends of the floor.
In 18 games during the 2023 WNBA season, Parker is currently averaging nine points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Meanwhile Parker is adding nearly one blocked shot per game (.9) and 1.5 steals per contest on the defensive end of the floor.
7. Elizabeth Williams
Team: Chicago Sky
WNBA Stats: 9.3, 5.4 RPG, 2.2 APG
After a somewhat slow start to the season Elizabeth Williams is showcasing her talent level among the best centers in the WNBA over her past four games.
The 30 year old WNBA veteran and former Duke Blue Devils star is currently averaging 13.3points per game over that stretch while also adding 1.5 blocked shots per game, one steal per game, and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Overall, Williams is currently averaging 9.3 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and one steal for the Chicago Sky during the 2023 WNBA schedule.
6. Teaira McCowan
Teams: Dallas Wings
WNBA Stats: 9.8 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.4 APG)
A second member of the Dallas Wings center tandem is the 26 year old Teaira McCowan is averaging just one rebound short and .2 points shy of averaging a double double for the team over the course of nine games this season.
Entering mid-July, McCowan has posted three double doubles over those nine games while also adding at least even rebounds in five of the other six contests this season.
In addition, the former 3rd overall pick during the 2019 WNBA Draft has provided depth on the defensive end of the floor while averaging nearly one blocked shot (.9) and steal (.9) per game this season.
5. Shakira Austin
Teams: Washington Mystics
WNBA Stats: 11.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, .9 APG
Rounding out the top five centers in the WNBA is the Washington Mystics second year star Shakira Austin. Austin, who is out with an injury, was off to a strong start in her second season with the team averaging a career high 11.4 points per game to go along with 7.8 rebounds, and just below an assist per game.
Prior to going down with an injury Austin had posted five double doubles on the season including a season best performance 21 points and 11 assists in an early season loss to the Connecticut Sun.
4. Ezi Magbegor
Teams: Seattle Storm
WNBA Stats: 14.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.2 APG
If you are looking for an all around great WNBA player who can do it all while playing at a high level on both ends of the floor, Ezi Magbegor of the Seattle Storm is your player. The former 2019 1st round draft pick is currently putting together her best season of her young WNBA career in 2023.
In 18 games played this season, Magbegor is averaging 14.3 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds, 2.22 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.9 blocked shots per game. The Storm center is a defensive force while making it difficult for opposing players to score and get to the rim.
3. Aliyah Boston
Team: Indiana Fever
WNBA Stats: 15.0 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.3 APG
One of the most hyped players entering the 2023 WNBA Season is the former South Carolina Gamecocks All-American Aliyah Boston. Boston, who is coming off one of the most impressive NCAA women’s basketball careers, has not disappointed in her rookie season with the Indiana Fever.
The Fever rookie is currently ranked 3rd among centers in both rebounds (8.4) and scoring (15.0 PPG) while earning her first selection to the WNBA All-Star game.
In 19 games played this season, Boston has posted four double doubles, five double digit rebound performances, nine games with at least 15 points, and five games scoring at least 20 points. The future looks bright for the Fever as Boston emerged as one of the top centers in the WNBA.
2. Brittney Griner
Teams: Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Stats: 19.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.7 APG
After missing all of last season due to being detained in Russia, Brittney Griner is off to a great start during the 2023 WNBA Season. This includes posting her first dunk of the season and 25th career dunk while being a force for the Phoenix Mercury down low this season.
The former Baylor Bears star is currently averaging 19.9 points per game over her first 15 games of the season while also adding 6.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and two blocked shots per contest. Griner ranks among the best two-way players in the entire WNBA while adding defensive value to the Mercury roster.
1. A’ja Wilson
Teams: Las Vegas Aces
WNBA Stats: 19.4 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.3 APG
Coming off winning her 2nd WNBA MVP award last season, A’ja Wilson has continued her dominance for the Las Vegas Aces to start the 2023 WNBA schedule.
Wilson, who has spent her entire career with the Aces dating back to being drafted during the 2018 WNBA Draft, has yet to average less than 16 points per game over her career including averaging 19.4 points per game in 19 games to start the 2023 WNBA Season. Wilson currently leads all centers in scoring while averaging 19.4 points per game.
In addition, Wilson has added 12 double doubles this season as well as 11 games scoring at least 20 points. With Wilson at center the Aces are the front runners to repeat as WNBA Champions in 2023.
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