Best Basketball Centers of All-time

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1Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Most points all-time in the NBA and the master of the sky hook - 2storm

2Wilt ChamberlainWilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . ...read more.

Only player to ever have a 40-40 game, which is known as a "Quadruple-Double"; 40 points/40 rebounds.

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3Shaquille O'NealShaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

Although not a shooter short or long distance, it's a big foot in the center

4Bill Russell

He is overrated but is very good - 2storm

5Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.
6George Mikan
7David RobinsonDavid Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.
8Moses Malone

Played the game in a very "Joe Lunchbucket" style, but got it done better than almost anybody. check the lifetime scoring and rebounding lists to see just how good Moses was.

9Dikembe Mutombo

I'm sorry if I spelled his name wrong but he is Mount Moutmbo - 2storm

10Bill Walton

He was the second-best college player of all time behind only Kareem, but his body just fell apart under the grueling NBA schedule. During the very few years he held together, he was brilliant.

He was injured most of his career but was pretty good - 2storm

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11Patrick Ewing
12Alonzo Mourning

One of the best Heat players all-time - 2storm

13Arvydas Sabonis

Spent his prime years in the USSR, and unseen by western basketball fans. We could have seen just how good he was in the 1980 Olympics, but the USA did not participate that year.
Scouts said that he was the second best center in the world that year, only behind Kareem.
Finally came into the NBA as an old man, nearly crippled, but his great basketball IQ and immense size still allowed him to be a decent NBA player.

The Cold War meant that US fans did not get to see the young and prime Sabonis; by the time the Soviet Union fell and he got to the NBA, he was old and nearly crippled. At his best, he was rated the second best center in the world at the time [behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar].

14Ben Wallace

Probably the best defender ever

15Yao Ming
16Nate Thurmond
17Willis Reed
18Bob Lanier
19Artis Gilmore

A truly great big man who was unfortunate to have his career right during the ABA/NBA rivalry and then merger, and playing his prime years in the ABA, not getting to the NBA until he was older.
He was slightly overshadowed by old Wilt and then young Kareem, but was far better than any center in the NBA today.

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