- 5Up 19Down 14You know why he looks so bored in the picture? Because it was the 4th time he won it. He's an undersized center and he's offensively challenged, but his defensive presence and leadership are nearly unmatched. His emotions can get the best of him sometimes - Malace at The Palace - I think it's funny that he went undrafted. How could anybody ever pass up on him? He's 5x All-Defensive First Team. For 5 years he was the best defensive center in the NBA. That's special.
His career stats are 6.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg.
- 4Up 26Down 9It feels like a sin to place The Gentle Giant this low. I was a huge Rockets fan at one point, Yao was a contributing factor in that. When healthy, he can score, rebound, defend, block shots, and virtually lead his team to become better overall. Tragically he's been injured too many times and has played a mere 486 games in a 9 year career. He missed the entire 2009-2010 season and only played 5 games in the 2010-2011 season. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that he's going to end his career on that note.
His career stats are 19.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 bpg.
- 3Up 26Down 7He had more success before the 2000s but he still did pretty good in them. He played defense. he didn't care a whole lot about scoring, he just wanted to make sure his match up didn't. Even at 39 he still had 1.7 bpg. His rookie season he had 3.5 bpg! That's very good. At one point, he averaged 3.9 bpg. Unfortunately that was his only strong suit later on. His defense remained strong with age. His offense, not so much. Averaging around 11.0 ppg in the decade isn't that good. I suppose you've got to judge them for what they are. A 2x Defensive Player of the Year is known for his defense.
His career stats are 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 1.1 apg.
- 2Up 33Down 8Call me a criminal, call me an idiot, I think Dwight's an immensely talented center, he's just not as good as others. He's 25 and he's earned defensive player of the year 3x in a row. No doubt he's the best center in the NBA right now, he's just not among the top 3 centers of the decade, barely! There's no doubt in my mind that he will end as one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. For now, he's at number 4.
His career stats are 18.2 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg.
- 1Up 44Down 2This is kind of a no brainer. He's undoubtedly one of the top 3 centers ever to play the game. He's the most aggressive, most powerful, most talented, and most creative players ever to play the game as well. Throughout his career, he bullies his way to the top. In the early 2000s he was the best player in the game. Everybody knew it, there was not a doubt in anybody's mind. It's mentally challenged that people think Shaq couldn't have won without Kobe. Look what happened when Shaq left The Lakers. Kind of pathetic, isn't it?
He's a 15x All-Star, 8x All NBA first team, NBA MVP, 3x NBA Finals MVP, and he's hilarious. Best center of the decade, without a doubt.
His career stats are 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.3 bpg.
Honorable mentions: Vlade Divac, Andrew Bogut, Brad Miller .
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