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The Best Centers of the 70s 

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Updated May 19, 2020 2.9k votes 601 voters 13.1k views 27 items

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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from New York City, New York, United States of America
2
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
3
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Virginia
4
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from La Mesa, California, United States of America
5
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Chipley, Florida
6
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Louisville, Kentucky
7
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina
8
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Hico, Louisiana, United States of America
9
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
RobLein added Power forward and Center from Newport, Kentucky
10
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Buffalo, New York
11
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Center from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America
12
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Orlando, Florida
13
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Kankakee, Illinois
14
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from New Bern, North Carolina
15
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Silver City, Mississippi, United States of America
16
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Indianola, Mississippi
17
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from New York City, New York
18
Alvan Adams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Lawrence, Kansas
19
Tom Boerwinkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Rodrigo Tisnés added Center from Cleveland, Ohio
20
Swen Nater is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Rodrigo Tisnés added Power forward and Center from Den Helder, Kingdom of the Netherlands
21
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
whoisjtaylorr added Center from Lagos, Nigeria
22
Sidney Wicks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Power forward and Center from Los Angeles, California
23
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Center from Winter Haven, Florida
24
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Small forward and Center from Akron, Ohio, United States of America
25
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Centers of the 70s
Bill Bridges Power forward and Center from Hobbs, New Mexico, United States of America