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The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.9k votes 738 voters 16.1k views 22 items

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! 
list ordered by
1
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
2
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Center from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America
3
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from Hico, Louisiana, United States of America
4
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from Akron, Ohio
5
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from Rayville, Louisiana
7
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Center from Louisville, Kentucky
8
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from New Bern, North Carolina
9
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
RobLein added Power forward and Center from Middletown, Ohio
10
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from New York City, New York
11
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from New York City, New York
12
Zelmo Beaty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Zelmo Beaty Center from Hillister, Texas, Texas
13
Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
rhystheepic added Mel Daniels Center from Detroit, Michigan
14
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Center from Jersey City, New Jersey
15
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Bill Bridges Power forward and Center from Hobbs, New Mexico, United States of America
16
Rudy LaRusso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Center from New York City, New York
17
Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Clyde Lovellette Power forward and Center from Petersburg, Washington Township, Indiana
18
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Small forward and Center from Akron, Ohio, United States of America
19
Lucious Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from San Marcos, Texas
20
Jim Barnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Center from Tuckerman, Arkansas
21
Fred Hetzel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Power forward and Center from Washington, D.C.
22
Erwin Mueller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s