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The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

Updated June 14, 2019 3.9k votes 971 voters 22.7k 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
    586
    144

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2
    486
    112

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics
  • 3
    214
    75

    Nate Thurmond

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors
  • 4
    197
    76

    Willis Reed

    New York Knicks
  • 5
    152
    52

    Wes Unseld

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • 6
    161
    60

    Bob Pettit

    Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
  • 7
    143
    49

    Walt Bellamy

    Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets
  • 8
    156
    60

    Elvin Hayes

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • 9
    112
    43
    RobLein added

    Jerry Lucas

    Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks
  • 10
    80
    47

    Connie Hawkins

    Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks
  • 11
    61
    35
    rhystheepic added

    Mel Daniels

    Indiana Pacers, New York Nets
  • 12
    67
    43

    Dolph Schayes

    Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals
  • 13
    65
    43

    Zelmo Beaty

    Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 14
    40
    32

    Fred Hetzel

    Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals
  • 15
    46
    47

    Tom Heinsohn

    Boston Celtics
  • 16
    40
    40

    Gus Johnson

    Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets
  • 17
    33
    35

    Clyde Lovellette

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics
  • 18
    33
    37

    Rudy LaRusso

    Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors
  • 19
    35
    41

    Bill Bridges

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 20
    24
    32

    Lucious Jackson

    Philadelphia 76ers
  • 21
    17
    25

    Jim Barnes

    Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics
  • 22
    16
    37

    Erwin Mueller

    Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics