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The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time 

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Updated April 16, 2020 2.8k votes 547 voters 13.4k views 35 items

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Big fan of Los Angeles basketball? Then check out this list of Los Angeles Lakers centers with photos and seasons played with the team. It includes almost every center from throughout Los Angeles Lakers history, including current centers and past ones. Featuring some of the greatest NBA centers of all time, the best Lakers Cs include Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, and Andrew Bynum.

In the 2017-18 NBA season, the current Los Angeles Lakers starting Cs and backup Cs are Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac, Thomas Bryant, and Andrew Bogut. 

Who are the best centers in Los Angeles Lakers history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Los Angeles Lakers center.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons:  2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the ...more

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played as a center and is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for ...more

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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1956, 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951, 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947

George Lawrence Mikan Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball ...more

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol]; born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers ...more

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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2005, 2004, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced [ʋlǎːde dǐːʋats]; born February 3, 1968) is a Serbian professional basketball executive and retired player, currently serving as the vice ...more

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Andrew Bynum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player. He played the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player and executive. Perkins was a three-time college All-American, was a member of the 1982 national champion ...more

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Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000

Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. He attended and played college basketball at Clemson University before playing professionally in the National ...more

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2013, 2012

Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time All-Star, ...more

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Elmore Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973

Elmore Smith (born May 9, 1949) is an American retired professional basketball player born in Macon, Georgia. A 7'0" center from Kentucky State University, he played in the National ...more
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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2018

JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 18th overall by the ...more

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time
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Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more

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Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time
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Seasons: 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953

Clyde Edward Lovellette ( loh-VEL-et; September 7, 1929 – March 9, 2016) was an American professional basketball player. He was the first basketball player in history to play on an NCAA ...more
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Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time
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Mychal George Thompson (born January 30, 1955) is a Bahamian former basketball player. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Thompson played the power forward and center positions for ...more

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LeRoy Ellis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1972, 1971, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962

LeRoy Ellis (March 10, 1940 – June 2, 2012) was an American basketball player.
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Mel Counts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1974, 1973, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

Mel Grant Counts (born October 16, 1941) is an American retired basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1964 to 1976. An excellent outside shooter for a 7 ...more
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Rick Roberson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1971, 1970, 1969

Rick Roberson (born July 7, 1947) is a retired professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers (1969–71), Cleveland Cavaliers (1971–73), Portland Trail Blazers ...more
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Jim Krebs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

James Krebs (September 8, 1935 – May 6, 1965) was an American basketball player. A 6'8" (2.03 m) power forward/center, he starred for the SMU Mustangs during the mid-1950s and later played ...more
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Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1986, 1985

Maurice Lucas (February 18, 1952 – October 31, 2010) was an American professional basketball player. The first two years of his postcollegiate career were spent in the American Basketball ...more
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Larry Foust is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

Lawrence Michael Foust (June 24, 1928 – October 27, 1984) was an American basketball player who spent 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was an 8-time All-Star.
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Darrall Imhoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

Darrall Tucker Imhoff (October 11, 1938 – June 30, 2017) was an American professional basketball player. He spent 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), playing for six teams ...more
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Ivica Zubac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

Ivica Zubac (born 18 March 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers ...more

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Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1981, 1980

James Bernett “Bunny” Chones (born November 30, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player, and current radio analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers. A 6'11" forward/center, ...more
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Seasons: 1957, 1956

Walter F. Dukes (June 23, 1930 – March 13, 2001) was a center for the New York Knicks (1955–1956), Minneapolis Lakers (1956–1957) and Detroit Pistons (1957–1963). Born in Rochester, New York, ...more