The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s

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Vote up the best NBA centers that played in the 1980s based on their performances during that decade.

In the NBA, the greatest NBA centers from the 80s were the missing piece of the puzzle on any team. 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 80s makes for a great list to look through! Vote for your favorites among the best 80s NBA centers and vote down the ones you don't think are among the best NBA centers!

When discussing the top 1980s NBA centers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has got to be in the conversation. Patrick Ewing and Hakeem "The Dream" are also considered some of the best NBA Centers of the 1980s.

So take a look at this best NBA centers 80s and vote for your favorites! 
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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    1
    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
    2
    Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors
  • Moses Malone
    3
    Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Robert Parish
    4
    Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors
  • Patrick Ewing
    5
    New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics
  • Artis Gilmore
    6
    Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls
  • Darryl Dawkins
    7
    Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets
  • Bob Lanier
    8
    Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons
  • Bob McAdoo
    9
    Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves
  • Jack Sikma
    10
    Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

    This discussion is about the best centers of the 80s.  During that decade Sikma was named to play in 6 All Star Games and posted one of the highest defensive rebounding percentages in the league. While not a great shot blocker he played solid man to man D and he was adept at sliding over to close off passing and driving lanes.  He was an outstanding passer with both the outlets and from both the high and low posts in a set offense. He was a clutch shooter who could score from both the low and midrange areas and his free throw shooting was superb.  Unseld, Lanier, Lacy, Gilmore, McAdoo and Walton were all fine centers in their primes but their primes were in the 70s. Rollins and Jones were both better shot blockers than Sikma, but they lagged behind him as rebounders, passers and scorers. Duckworth and Divacs had their moments but they never played up to Sikma's level.

  • Ralph Sampson
    11
    Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets
  • Bill Laimbeer
    12
    Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

    The first center to incorporate the three into his game.

  • Bill Cartwright
    13
    Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls
  • Brad Daugherty
    14
    Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Arvydas Sabonis
    15
    Portland Trail Blazers
  • Bill Walton
    16
    Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers
  • Wes Unseld
    17
    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • Mark Eaton
    18
    Utah Jazz
  • Tree Rollins
    19
    Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic
  • Vlade Divac
    20
    Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Kevin Duckworth
    21
    Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Caldwell Jones
    22
    Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets
  • Sam Lacey
    23
    Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets