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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

2
159 46
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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96 36
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

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96 37
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

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10 0
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Robert Parish Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors

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57 38
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Artis Gilmore Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

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57 38
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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51 38
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
34 25
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Brad Daugherty Cleveland Cavaliers

10
36 28
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Wes Unseld Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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45 36
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

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37 30
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Darryl Dawkins Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

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21 11
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 13 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.

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26 22
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bill Cartwright Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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33 30
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bob Lanier Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

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34 33
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

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21 21
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 17 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 ...

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29 31
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Arvydas Sabonis Portland Trail Blazers

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28 30
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

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Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Tree Rollins Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

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15 19
Kevin Duckworth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Kevin Duckworth Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks

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3 1
Mark Eaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Mark Eaton Utah Jazz

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7 18
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Sam Lacey Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets

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7 22
Caldwell Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s
Caldwell Jones Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets