The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time Basketball Players
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The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

List Criteria: Professional basketball players in the center position

Throughout basketball history, having a franchise center has been a crucial part of building a championship team. A lot of teams spend years looking for a dominant center, but not too many graduate from project to an iconic, Hall of Fame big man. Some teams have had better luck than others when landing a great center. The Los Angeles Lakers has been the best NBA team at developing and trading for the best centers in the league. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan and Shaquille O'Neal are all center who have played for the Lakers.

Another team that's had a number great centers on its roster is the Houston Rockets. Counting Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming as its alumni, the Rockets now have Dwight Howard on their roster, a player who is considered by many to be the best center in the NBA right now and rapidly climbing the list of the greatest centers of all time. While a great center may not guarantee a championship, it certainly doesn't hurt to have any of the big men on this list on your team.

Many of these centers are the biggest names in basketball history. They have MVP awards, scoring titles and Defensive Player of the Year awards spread among them. Vote the center who you think deserves to be called the best center of all time
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    100
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    most listed
    Bill Russell

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    1936 More
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    1955 More
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    1965 More
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    Shaquille O'Neal

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    86
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    1924 More
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    1942 More
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    1952 More
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    1970 More
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    1946 More
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    1966 More
    60
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    1980 More
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    1985 More
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    1960 More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Walt Bellamy

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    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ben Wallace

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    47
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    Elvin Hayes

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    46
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    Robert Parrish

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    1957 More
    40
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    Amar'e Stoudemire

    1982 More
    39
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