Best Basketball Centers of All-time

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The Top Ten

1 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton 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.

The most unstoppable force in basketball history. Would have won more championships but Boston always had a deeper team.

That 40/40 game is known as a "Double-Quadruple", and Wilt's best of those was an incredible 78 point/43 rebound effort in a single game!

Take him in his prime, and put him one-on-one against any other player in their prime (James, Jordan, O'Neal, Bryant, and even Bill Russell) and Wilt comes out on top.

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2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem 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.

There are some incredible players on here and no one dominated the game like Wilt but he played against inferior talent compared to Kareem. Russel has more rings but I think his teammates had at least as much to do with that than he did. Most points, unstoppable sky hook, rebounded, played defense, great team player. When John Wooden says you're the best he's ever seen, you're the best.

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

3 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

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

4 Bill Russell Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.

He is overrated but is very good - 2storm

5 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.

Overrated.

6 David Robinson David Robinson David 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.
7 George Mikan George Mikan
8 Moses Malone Moses Malone Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection. ...read more.

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.

9 Bill 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

10 Dikembe Mutombo

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

The Contenders

11 Arvydas 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].

12 Patrick Ewing Patrick Ewing

Boards and ligit in 2k

13 Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Ben Camey Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the Washington Bullets as an undrafted free agent in 1996. In his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, ...read more.

Probably the best defender ever

14 Alonzo Mourning

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

15 Artis 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.

16 Yao Ming Yao Ming
17 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond

Much better than any center in the NBA today.

18 Willis Reed
19 Bob Lanier
20 Al Horford Al Horford
21 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
22 DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.
23 Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.
24 DeAndre Jordan DeAndre Jordan Hyland DeAndre Jordan, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.
25 Andre Drummond Andre Drummond Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.
26 Marc Gasol Marc Gasol
27 Rudy Gobert Rudy Gobert Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel Is a professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national basketball team in the international competitions. Standing at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall with a wingspan of 7 ft 9 (2.36 m) long, he plays at ...read more.
28 Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association.
29 Pau Gasol Pau Gasol Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
30 Zaza Pachulia Zaza Pachulia
31 Joakim Noah Joakim Noah Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.
32 Hassan Whiteside Hassan Whiteside Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
33 JaVale McGee JaVale McGee
34 Steven Adams Steven Adams
35 Kendrick Perkins Kendrick Perkins Kendrick La'Dale Perkins is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
36 Andrew Bogut Andrew Bogut Andrew Michael Bogut is an Australian professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 7-foot (2.13 m) center was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He earned All-NBA Third Team ...read more.
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