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The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

Updated June 14, 2019 3.9k votes 845 voters 18.9k 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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  • Wilt Chamberlain1
    538
    129

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Bill Russell2
    466
    104

    Bill Russell

    Boston Celtics
  • Nate Thurmond3
    203
    71

    Nate Thurmond

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors
  • Willis Reed4
    196
    77

    Willis Reed

    New York Knicks
  • Bob Pettit5
    167
    60

    Bob Pettit

    Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
  • Wes Unseld6
    149
    53

    Wes Unseld

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • Walt Bellamy7
    136
    50

    Walt Bellamy

    Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets
  • Elvin Hayes8
    155
    65

    Elvin Hayes

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • Jerry Lucas9
    117
    45

    Jerry Lucas

    Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks
  • Connie Hawkins10
    83
    47

    Connie Hawkins

    Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks
  • Mel Daniels11
    59
    35

    Mel Daniels

    Indiana Pacers, New York Nets
  • Dolph Schayes12
    70
    46

    Dolph Schayes

    Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals
  • Zelmo Beaty13
    65
    44

    Zelmo Beaty

    Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Tom Heinsohn14
    50
    49

    Tom Heinsohn

    Boston Celtics
  • Gus Johnson15
    43
    41

    Gus Johnson

    Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets
  • Rudy LaRusso16
    37
    35

    Rudy LaRusso

    Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors
  • Bill Bridges17
    38
    41

    Bill Bridges

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Clyde Lovellette18
    35
    37

    Clyde Lovellette

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics
  • Lucious Jackson19
    27
    33

    Lucious Jackson

    Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jim Barnes20
    19
    26

    Jim Barnes

    Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics
  • Fred Hetzel21
    19
    34

    Fred Hetzel

    Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals
  • Erwin Mueller22
    19
    37

    Erwin Mueller

    Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics