NBA The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s  

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List Rules 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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147 39
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

2
139 36
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

3
83 29
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Patrick Ewing Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

4
82 31
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

5
49 28
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

6
34 21
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Darryl Dawkins Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

7
46 33
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Artis Gilmore Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

8
41 30
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Ralph Sampson Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

9
16 5
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bball guy added Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons - The first center to incorporate the three into his game.

10
38 33
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

11
30 25
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bob Lanier Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

12
29 25
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Wes Unseld Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

13
27 23
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Brad Daugherty Cleveland Cavaliers

14
31 28
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

15
25 23
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

16
22 20
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bill Cartwright Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

17
27 27
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Arvydas Sabonis Portland Trail Blazers

18
16 16
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Keith Yamamoto added Jack Sikma 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 ...

19
13 16
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Tree Rollins Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

20
12 16
Kevin Duckworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Kevin Duckworth Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks

21
6 14
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Sam Lacey Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets

22
6 17
Caldwell Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Caldwell Jones Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets