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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1
165 37
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

2
145 34
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

3
103 37
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

4
89 41
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
67 29
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
New York Knicks

6
68 30
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

7
68 30
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

8
57 24
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

9
49 21
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
RobLein added Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

10
57 28
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

11
35 14
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Boston Celtics

12
29 22
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz

13
32 26
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

14
31 26
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

15
27 22
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

16
24 20
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

17
18 20
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

18
14 18
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

19
12 17
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets

20
11 17
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

21
10 18
Sidney Wicks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

22
16 27
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

23
9 19
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

24
6 20
Kent Benson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks