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The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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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 Criteria: Professional basketball players in the center position

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    1947 More
    98
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Wilt Chamberlain

    1936 More
    97
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bill Russell

    1934 More
    94
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    Hakeem Olajuwon

    1963 More
    94
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    1972 More
    90
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    1955 More
    87
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    1965 More
    82
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    1962 More
    77
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    1924 More
    70
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    1942 More
    69
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    1952 More
    65
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    1941 More
    62
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    1948 More
    61
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    Alonzo Mourning

    1970 More
    60
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    1949 More
    60
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    1946 More
    59
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    1966 More
    58
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    1948 More
    57
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    niche appeal
    Dwight Howard

    1985 More
    56
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    Robert Parish

    1953 More
    56
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    1980 More
    54
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    Ralph Sampson

    1960 More
    51
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    1939 More
    50
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    Robert Parrish

    49
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    1974 More
    47
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    Elvin Hayes

    1945 More
    43
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    1982 More
    42
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    1963 More
    42
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    1951 More
    39
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    Bill Laimbeer

    1957 More
    38
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    1955 More
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