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Alright, everyone knows Nikola Vucevic didn’t have his best year in 2021-22. But, was the year so bad that he deserved to fall out of the top 10 centers list? Absolutely no way. Even in a down year, Vucevic was still effective for the Chicago Bulls.

HoopsHype.com released its top 10 centers entering the 2022-23 NBA season. The list is strong, but not including Vucevic is downright disrespectful. Sure, Vucevic struggled from deep, but he was a key cog in the Bulls’ machine.

Last season among centers, Vucevic ranked 10th in PPG, eighth in RPG, ninth in APG, tied for eighth in SPG, and also averaged a block per game. Is he a superstar center? No. But he is still an effective veteran big who can win games for his team.

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People forget this is Vucevic’s first season not being the first option for his team. He had to take a backseat to Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan during his first full season with the Chicago Bulls.

When he’s the No. 1 option, he’s an All-Star. When fully healthy and comfortable, Nikola Vucevic is a top-six center in the NBA. Though he is getting older, he still plays effective ball and belongs on the top 10 centers list.