Basketball The Best Centers of the 70s  

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List Rules Vote up the best NBA centers that played in the 1970s

In the NBA, the top 1970s NBA centers were the most important part of the team. The man in the middle dominated that particular era of basketball. The "big man" is normally the tallest man on the team, with a lot of strength and body mass. It's a necessary component for a successful team, so naturally, the greatest NBA centers from the 70s makes for a great list to look through! Vote for your favorites among the best 70s NBA centers and vote down the players you don't think are among the greatest NBA centers from the 70s!

When discussing the best 70s centers, Wilt "The Stilt" will never be far from people's thoughts. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton are considered some of the best NBA centers of the 1970s, and many more are in this list! 

So take a look at this best NBA centers 70s and vote for your favorites! 
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184 46
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks
2
163 40
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors
3
115 40
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
4
99 48
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers
5
74 31
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
New York Knicks
6
65 25
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons
7
73 31
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls
8
74 32
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves
9
63 28
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
10
53 24
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
RobLein added Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks
11
41 20
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Boston Celtics
12
32 24
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz
13
28 22
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers
14
29 24
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks
15
35 31
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets
16
32 28
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics
17
24 26
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors
18
14 19
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets
19
13 18
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic
20
15 21
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets
21
21 32
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers
22
10 20
Sidney Wicks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers
23
10 21
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
24
7 22
Kent Benson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks