Best Centers in NBA History
The Top Ten
No one will never ever come close to his records, stamina, strength and dominance. He did things that no one might ever see again. There was really no way to stop him
Please list the other players who have had 60 point/40 rebound games, Wilt had 8 of them. His most amazing outing was a 78 point/43 rebound single game. I'll wait.
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.
Wilt is not the greatest big because of his 100 point game! Whoever makes that argument is dumb. He's the best due to the overall impact on the game. The widening of the lane, goaltending, free throw line rule, blocks being recorded as stats, etc all because of his dominance. The NBA and all of basketball wouldn't be what it is now if Wilt didn't exist!
NBA leading scorer what else perfected the skyhook. Even did it against an aging Wilt Chamberlain who was still 32 when he was drafted
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.
WHAT! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the GREATEST center ever. Actually he was the greatest player ever too! What the heck is he doing at number 5. When I was young I used to think mj was the greatest. Then I thought it was Wilt The Stilt. But now I Know it was inventor of the SKY HOOK KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR!
And he also have the most points made in his experience in nba, 38787 point!
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!
He improved in the playoffs, while Wilt and Kareem got worse statistically.
He outplayed all HOF centers during his prime in the post season, including Kareem 86', Parish 86', Ewing 94', Robinson 95' and Shaq 95'.
He is better than better than Russell defensively because he was a much better stealer, man defender (Wilt regularly destroyed him) and perimeter defender.
Russell also has an inflated defensive presence, due to favorable rules, like a smaller lane to patrol, no three second rule, stacked teams, lesser competition (athletically, skill-wise and economically) shorter playoff runs to a championship and one of the greatest coaches of all time in Red Auerbach. Olajuwon had no such advantages and is still close to Russell in defensive presence, which is why he is better overall.
He is the greatest two way center of all time and has absolutely no weakness in his game.
Few players have skills worthy of being the best at their position BOTH offensively and defensively. Virtually undefendable, won two championships with teams where one can barely remember who his teammates were. Also when has one superstar EVER dominated another superstar one on one to the extent that Olajuwon did to David Robinson immediately after Robinson was named MVP. Look at the lists of Scorers, Rebounders, Blocked shots. Then look at the list of steals - out of the top 20 in steals only one center on the list - Olajuwon.
1 on 1, he'd beat Wilt with his quickness and his basketball IQ, He'd beat shaq(i'm not going to explain why, just watch the 94 finals. ) He destroyed David Robinson, and I believe he'd beat Kareem. The only other player who might match him in defense, is Russell, in Offense, it's over. In my opinion he's 2nd in defense and 2nd in offense as a center. Wilt would be 1st in Offense and 3rd in d; far in 3rd, though. Russel would be like.. I don't know far in Offense but number 1 in D. With Hakeem close second in d and a near first in Offense (nobody touches Wilt in the regard) I'd put him overall number one. Check his Quadruple doubles
Wilt and Shaq were similar, except that Shaq was shorter, slower, weaker, fatter, had less vertical, and way less stamina than Wilt did. They were equally bad at free throws.
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.
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
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
Russell was a true center. He protected the basket better than anyone else, could run the ball up the floor, and didn't need to score much to make his presence felt
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
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
Greatest rebounder ever
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
At the "NBA 50 greatest players" ceremony, Wilt Chamberlain is standing next to Ewing, and makes Ewing look like a shrimp.
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
Invented the concept of "Big Man as Center".
Injuries (foot) were the bane of this phenom; Kareem once referred to him as Dr Scholl
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
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.
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
Timmy timmy are not CENTER
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
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
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
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
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.
At his peak (in Europe) he may have been the greatest ever
He is the goat#2
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.
No way - Madpoi
Are you high. I have him at #42 he only has 3 quality seasons - Madpoi
Pau Gasol is better
2014 DPOTY. Lead the bulls to a 48 win season while Rosé was injured. Best center currently along with Dwight Howard.
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
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
He should be number 1 he's much better tan Wilt if you ask me
No he is not
Not enough games under his belt. When he gets to 174 games played call me - Madpoi
The best and the hottest center in NBA history! Love him!
Are you kidding me the man had 2 quality seasons in 8 seasons - Madpoi
32? HE IS awesome!
I know some consider him a PF, but the fact that he is not listed in the top 20 is an insult.
Best all around center ever!
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.
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.
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
One he can shoot
two he can rebound almost every time
three can dunk
four just read his stats and every basketball-related thing about him (you will be amazed )
Maybe the best point guard ever but not the greatest center of all time because he did not even play center
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
Seeing him in his prime against the top centers (whether in playoffs or not) should convince anyone of his greatness.
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
Could be the #3 shot blocker of all time, behind Wilt and Bill Russell.
Great center in his prime
RIP big Nate.
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!
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