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The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

Updated June 14, 2019 3.7k votes 823 voters 18.3k views22 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Wilt Chamberlain
    518
    125

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2
    Bill Russell
    443
    104

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics
  • 3
    Nate Thurmond
    189
    69

    Nate Thurmond

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors
  • 4
    Willis Reed
    184
    76

    Willis Reed

    New York Knicks
  • 5
    Bob Pettit
    157
    59

    Bob Pettit

    Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
  • 6
    Wes Unseld
    140
    52

    Wes Unseld

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • 7
    Elvin Hayes
    150
    62

    Elvin Hayes

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • 8
    Walt Bellamy
    130
    49

    Walt Bellamy

    Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets
  • 9
    Jerry Lucas
    114
    43

    Jerry Lucas

    Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks
  • 10
    Connie Hawkins
    81
    44

    Connie Hawkins

    Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks
  • 11
    Mel Daniels
    58
    33

    Mel Daniels

    Indiana Pacers, New York Nets
  • 12
    Dolph Schayes
    69
    46

    Dolph Schayes

    Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals
  • 13
    Zelmo Beaty
    64
    44

    Zelmo Beaty

    Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 14
    Tom Heinsohn
    50
    47

    Tom Heinsohn

    Boston Celtics
  • 15
    Rudy LaRusso
    37
    34

    Rudy LaRusso

    Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors
  • 16
    Gus Johnson
    40
    41

    Gus Johnson

    Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets
  • 17
    Bill Bridges
    38
    41

    Bill Bridges

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 18
    Clyde Lovellette
    35
    37

    Clyde Lovellette

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics
  • 19
    Lucious Jackson
    27
    33

    Lucious Jackson

    Philadelphia 76ers
  • 20
    Jim Barnes
    19
    26

    Jim Barnes

    Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics
  • 21
    Fred Hetzel
    19
    34

    Fred Hetzel

    Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals
  • 22
    Erwin Mueller
    19
    35

    Erwin Mueller

    Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics