Basketball The Best Centers of the 70s  

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

2
112 29
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors

3
79 31
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

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69 31
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

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53 23
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Willis Reed New York Knicks

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51 22
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

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51 25
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Artis Gilmore Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Wes Unseld Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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35 15
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
RobLein added Dave Cowens Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

10
39 19
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Bob Lanier Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

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21 4
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Bill Russell Boston Celtics

12
22 16
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Jack Sikma Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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23 18
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

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24 20
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Darryl Dawkins Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

The Best Current NBA Centers

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Walt Bellamy Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz

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

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9 8
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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10 12
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Gus Johnson Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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9 11
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

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8 14
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Sam Lacey Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets

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7 15
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Bill Bridges Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

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6 14
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Tree Rollins Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

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5 16
Sidney Wicks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Sidney Wicks Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

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5 18
Kent Benson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Kent Benson Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks