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List Rules Vote up the best NBA centers that played in the 1960s

In the NBA, the best 60s centers were the most important part of their respective teams. The "big man" was even more important back in the 60s than it is today because the NBA used to be a distinctly less athletic league. If you had a true force in the middle, there was really no stopping you. It was a necessary component for a successful team, so naturally, the greatest NBA centers from the 60s makes for a great list to look through! Vote for your favorites on this list of the best 60s NBA centers and vote down the ones you don't think are among the greatest NBA centers from the 60s!

When discussing the top 1960s NBA centers, Wilt "The Stilt" has to be in the conversation. Connie Hawkins and Bill Russell are considered some of the best NBA Centers of the 1960s, and many more are in this list! If you don't think Bill Russell should be on this list then you probably shouldn't even be looking at this list. Seriously.

So take a look at this best NBA centers of the 60s list and vote for your favorites! 

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Bill Russell Boston Celtics

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32 13
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Willis Reed New York Knicks

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23 7
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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26 10
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Nate Thurmond Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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23 9
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

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22 9
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Wes Unseld Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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13 5
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
RobLein added Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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16 9
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Walt Bellamy Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz

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12 6
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

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9 7
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

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9 8
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtics

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8 7
Zelmo Beaty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Zelmo Beaty Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

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4 3
Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
rhystheepic added Mel Daniels Indiana Pacers, New York Nets

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8 9
Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Clyde Lovellette Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

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7 8
Rudy LaRusso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Rudy LaRusso Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors

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7 8
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Gus Johnson Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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5 6
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Bill Bridges Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

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5 9
Lucious Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Lucious Jackson Philadelphia 76ers

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4 8
Fred Hetzel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Fred Hetzel Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers

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3 8
Erwin Mueller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Erwin Mueller Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

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2 9
Jim Barnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Jim Barnes Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers