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Top 12 young big men in the NBA

PER Diem: Dec. 10, 2009

Updated: December 10, 2009, 1:58 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Joakim Noah & Al HorfordScott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty ImagesFormer Florida teammates Joakim Noah and Al Horford are two of the best young centers in the NBA.

Lost in the rubble of the Hawks' blowout of the Bulls on Wednesday night and what it portends for Vinny Del Negro in Chicago was an always-compelling matchup at the center position. Al Horford and Joakim Noah are two of the many good young centers in the game and are especially fun to watch because they're both such team-oriented players.

However, the former Florida Gators teammates are having big individual years, too. Noah ranks fourth in the league in rebounding, at 11.6 per game, and is averaging double-figure scoring (10.2 ppg) for the first time in his career. Horford, meanwhile, rates seventh in the league with a 57.2 shooting percentage from the floor and is just shy of averaging a double-double himself, with 13.3 points and 9.5 boards per game.

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