Best Centers in NBA History

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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.

Greatest nba player to ever live. - Floxoll

Wilt the stilt. Gotta love him

The best player of all time

Anyone who thinks Chamberlain wasn't the greatest basketball player of all time not just center simply hasn't checked the numbers. Bill Russell who supposedly had Wilt's number managed to hold him to 40 points 28 rebounds who knows how many blocks they didn't count them and 12 assists avg. in their games. He would've fouled shaq out in the first quarter. He'd have averaged a triple double for a career if not quadruple if they kept all the stats.

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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.

And he also have the most points made in his experience in nba, 38787 point!

Not even close

Only one player in history could block "prime" Kareem's patented skyhook, and that was Wilt Chamberlain. He famously even blocked 2 skyhooks in a row during a key playoff game, which is viewable on YouTube.

Kareem had the most unstoppable shot in NBA history, the Sky Hook. Kareem hit many big shots over his illustious career, including game-winning shots against their bitter rival, the Boston Celtics. Kareem is also the NBA's All-time leading scorer. In his prime, nobody could even come close to stopping him. He is a true basketball legend.

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

He could do it all. He was like a perimeter player with the best footwork of all time but was a beast on both ends. Super underrated! Carried Houston in his second year and carried his team to the 1994 and 1995 championship!

Too small and too weak to handle Chamberlain.

So underrated!

So underrated he is better than mj and the best center of all time.

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4 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.

Prime Shaq was scary good and dominant. The Lakers Shaq was too big, strong, and powerful. I know that after Hakeem and Ewing retired, the competition at the five spot was a joke. However, Shaq the man for taking advantage of the lack of talent.

Shaq was the most dominant center in NBA history. No one could beat him. View move a man of 330 lbs like him was amazing. There were centers like Olajuwon that were better than Shaq moving their feet and technically but nobody could defend this man

If every NBA player in their primes lined up, and you could get the first pick to put one person on your team, you'd be a fool not to pick Shaquille O'Neal. No better teammate in the history of basketball. Who would you be more comfortable hitting the court with and being yourself, playing your game, knowing a guy like Shaq has your back... Nobody.

I think no center was dominant as shaq in lakers era early 2000, I doubt chamberlain could defend him, he was maybe quicker but not powerful enough to stop him, olajuwon got more skills easily but none can defend shaq in his prime! got to be number 1

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5 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.

Russell should be #1 because he was way more committed to the game than Wilt and Shaq ever will be. His defense would slaughter Kareem and would match up well with Hakeem. He was a very elite defensive leader and, unlike Shaq and Wilt, cared more about his team than the media. Russell wasn't known for his offense but could score in the post if he wanted to. - bishop.moore07

11 rings in 13 years.

he got 11 rings in 13 years he was the best shot blocker and rebounder... just sayin

You people underestimate the skill of Bill Russell. He was the best shot blocker in NBA history and he has the most rings in NBA history. He is so much better than Kareem and Shaq. Russell should be in the top 3

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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.

More speed and agility than people gave him credit for. Absolutely dominant on both ends of the court. Excellent on and off the court.

Love his game, and I'm not even a Spurs fan! No one brings up his name into conversation when debating the best bigs of all time, such a SHAME!

Best all around center on and off the court

He was real good

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7 Patrick Ewing Patrick Ewing Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current head coach of the Georgetown University men's basketball team.

At the "NBA 50 greatest players" ceremony, Wilt Chamberlain is standing next to Ewing, and makes Ewing look like a shrimp.

I have to say but this guy has a good three point shot that pretty much accurate, he's just missing a championship ring. But he so close against Olajuwon in 1994. He was owned by the Dream Shake

Ewing was awesome. Very underrated. Carried a very offensively mediocre team on his back for 15 years. Took the Knicks to the 2nd round or further 9 years in a row (maybe 10).

Very productive big and I liked his jumper it was probably the best from a center! He played with the knicks and never won a title, which prevents him from being top 5 in most peoples eyes

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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.

His only issue was that he played on so many teams, he doesn’t get much credit. The man finished in the top ten in scoring seven times and top ten in rebounds ten times. He was simply a consistent machine.

Moses won many times jabbar johnson don't forget 4-0 1983

Moses Malone is one of the greatest to play in nba.

Always overlooked (three time MVP) he was a complete player

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9 George Mikan George Mikan George Lawrence Mikan Jr., nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball Association.

Invented the concept of "Big Man as Center".
RIP.

10 Bill Walton Bill Walton

Injuries (foot) were the bane of this phenom; Kareem once referred to him as Dr Scholl

The Contenders

11 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association.

He's one of my favorite players right now

He shouldn't be in the top 10

This guy isn't good at all. He averages only 12 rebounds per game which is 1st in the league now but back then it would've been 10th. AND HE can't PLAY WITH OTHER GOOD PLAYERS

He is the best
He could shoot threes
He is the best three point shooter in the world
He is the goat

12 Yao Ming Yao Ming Yao Ming is a Chinese basketball executive and retired professional basketball player who played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

Who added this cupcake? He used to get skeeted on by Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant on a regular basis.

Seriously? he should be on the top 10 list! he shut down shaq on they're ever matchup - dcik

He was a beast but got lost due to injuries

Yao Ming is such a great player. See him play against other tall centers, he can dominate.

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13 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

Hi um just saying he is a power forward

He is a power forward for God's sake

In the discussion for G.O.A.T.! A career and approach to the game that may never be matched by a player of the same position

With 4 rings he show lots of talent

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14 Dikembe Mutombo

Defensively he was a god like Hakeem and Bill Russell!
4 time defensive player of the year baby!

He was a beast in his prime, but not that good after.

He is #2 in the all time block list!

Not in my house

15 Tyson Chandler Tyson Chandler Tyson Cleotis Chandler is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association.

Alonzo Mourning was better than Tyson Chandler, even though he is very talented.

Are you kidding me, he's not better than Alonzo Mourning!

Ben Wallace should be in this place.

Tru point god

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16 Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

He is a power forward people.

Again he's a freeking POWER FOWARD

I have him at #68 on my list because he only played like 5 seasons as center when he was clearly at the end of his career. - Madpoi

17 Alonzo Mourning

Because he's behind bums like Tyson Chandler, Yao Ming and Bill Walton. Those guys aren't better than the ZO. Nor are they better than Dikembe.

Why would someone put him in 19

Who the he'll put this guy at 19!

He is a top 10 player

18 Arvydas Sabonis

I have him at #80 on my list because he only had 5 quality seasons n the NBA.now in Europe he is top 10 - Madpoi

If not cold war and injuries he would've been the best off the best...

Best European center of all time.

A shooting guard in a body of a centre. Best centre of ever stepped Europe.

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19 Wes Unseld
20 Bob Pettit Bob Pettit Robert Lee Pettit Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA.

One of the earlier stars, Russell had placed him on his all time team

Power forward. What's with you people - mccabek

Who is this guy.

21 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.

He is the goat#2

22 DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.
23 JaVale McGee JaVale McGee JaVale Lindy McGee is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

No way - Madpoi

24 Dave Cowens
25 Joakim Noah Joakim Noah Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

Are you high. I have him at #42 he only has 3 quality seasons - Madpoi

Pau Gasol is better

Very weird fact: The first time he went back to his original home court (United Center) he had a standing ovation and Derrick Rose didn’t LMAO

2014 DPOTY. Lead the bulls to a 48 win season while Rosé was injured. Best center currently along with Dwight Howard.

26 Steven Adams Steven Adams Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.

Ah if you are being defended all you do is pass the ball to him and he will DUNK THE BALL RIGHT IN THE BASKET! '

Ahh Adams has a good gameplay that any shooters can't pass through it

Ahh you are a good dunker

27 Vlade Divac Vlade Divac

He should be number 1 he's much better tan Wilt if you ask me

No he is not

28 Joel Embiid Joel Embiid Joel Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association.

better

Not enough games under his belt. When he gets to 174 games played call me - Madpoi

29 Primož Brezec

Are you kidding me the man had 2 quality seasons in 8 seasons - Madpoi

The best and the hottest center in NBA history! Love him!

30 Al Horford Al Horford Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.
31 Marc Gasol Marc Gasol Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.

32? HE IS awesome!

Go grizz

32 Pau Gasol Pau Gasol Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

I know some consider him a PF, but the fact that he is not listed in the top 20 is an insult.

33 Artis Gilmore

A Train was very good on both ends of floor. Jabbar always says he played him the toughest. Great that he finally made Hall of Fame.

34 Jermaine O'Neal Jermaine O'Neal Jermaine Lee O'Neal is an American former professional basketball player. The 6 ft 11 in, 255 lb forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft straight out of high school.

Hibbert and Noah over o'neal no way. This dude was the most dominate low post defender for a stretch of time with the pacers

Yeah but back on the Pacer he was cold. He was known as a legend. He made 3s, dunks, and lovely double clutch layups. Nowadays he is the known for the GSW and for his shoes.

35 Robert Parish

I see 5 or 6 guys listed ahead of chief that should not be he was a champion more often than most of the centers listed ahead of him. He may have been 3rd option on offense but made big contributions during the the years the Celtics won titles he faced many of the top centers in history when he played and held his own

The chief did everything well great at the goal defender and was dependible scorer in the post. Would have had better stats if not for bird and mchale he made the perfect celtic

Very Very underrated centre

36 Darryl Dawkins Darryl Dawkins Darryl Dawkins was an American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz late in his career.
37 Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
38 Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association.
39 Nerlens Noel Nerlens Noel
40 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.

He could have played center if he wanted to, he should definitely count. No center can pass, shoot, steal like he can. So even if his official position is PG, he should be among the top Centers in NBA history.

That doesn't even make sense. Magic was point guard.

He's a point guard

He is point guard

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41 Roy Hibbert
42 Willis Reed

Seeing him in his prime against the top centers (whether in playoffs or not) should convince anyone of his greatness.

43 Joel Anthony

This guy was terrible! - RobertWisdom

I do not know who he is

2.2pts 2.8reb 0.2ast. In his career dude stop it. - Madpoi

44 Andrew Bynum Andrew Bynum Andrew Bynum is an American former professional basketball player. He played the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
45 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond Nathaniel Thurmond was an American basketball player who spent the majority of his 14-year career in the National Basketball Association with the Golden State Warriors. He played the center and power forward positions.

Could be the #3 shot blocker of all time, behind Wilt and Bill Russell.

Great center in his prime

46 Bob Lanier
47 Chris Bosh Chris Bosh Christopher Wesson Bosh is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

He is a power forward for pete sakes

Bosh is the BOSS, will help LeBron in leading the Miami Heat in its 3rd consecutive championships!

48 Manute Bol

He is not in my top 100 - Madpoi

He is not good

Your a dumb ass cause he 7 7

How does a guy who 7'9 not in top 20

49 Walt Bellamy
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