Basketball The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s  

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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! 
list ordered by

1
234 54
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

2
209 45
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Boston Celtics

3
88 31
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

4
93 37
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
New York Knicks

5
79 28
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

6
71 25
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

7
64 22
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz

8
74 30
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

9
57 21
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
RobLein added Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

10
38 19
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

11
32 16
Zelmo Beaty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

12
28 13
Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
rhystheepic added Indiana Pacers, New York Nets

13
37 23
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

14
27 24
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Boston Celtics

15
22 19
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

16
22 20
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

17
20 19
Rudy LaRusso is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors

18
19 18
Lucious Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Philadelphia 76ers

19
21 22
Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

20
12 18
Jim Barnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

21
11 23
Erwin Mueller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

22
11 24
Fred Hetzel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s
Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers