basketball players The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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List Rules Professional basketball players in the center position

Throughout basketball history, having a franchise center has been a crucial part of building a championship team. The best NBA centers have carried the success of many basketball teams. 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 NBA 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

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Bill Russell Boston Celtics

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Patrick Ewing Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
George Mikan Los Angeles Lakers

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Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Alonzo Mourning Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Willis Reed New York Knicks

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Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Robert Parrish Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Yao Ming Houston Rockets

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Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Artis Gilmore Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Nate Thurmond Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Wes Unseld Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Dwight Howard Orlando Magic

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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Dave Cowens Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Bob Lanier Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Ben Wallace Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Arvydas Sabonis Portland Trail Blazers

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies

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Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Ralph Sampson Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Walt Bellamy Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz

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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Brad Daugherty Cleveland Cavaliers

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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Jack Sikma Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Darryl Dawkins Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

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Mark Eaton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Mark Eaton Utah Jazz

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Chris Webber Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

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Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Rik Smits Indiana Pacers

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Manute Bol Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks

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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Cleveland Cavaliers

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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Tyson Chandler New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls

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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time
Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets