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The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 3.8k votes 636 voters 15.1k views37 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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  • 1

    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...  more

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    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...  more

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  • 3

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

    Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball...  more

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  • 4

    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...  more

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    #39 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#124 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 5

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

    Pau Gasol Sáez (born July 6, 1980) is a retired Spanish professional basketball player for the...  more

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  • 6

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

    LeRoy Ellis (March 10, 1940 – June 2, 2012) was an American basketball player....  more
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    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#43 of 100 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • 8

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

    Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced [ʋlǎːde dǐːʋats]; born February 3,...  more

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  • 9

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

    Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player. He...  more

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    #6 of 19 Biggest Headcases in the NBA#85 of 121 The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

  • 10

    Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

    Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player and...  more

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    #7 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#14 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s

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    Mychal Thompson

    Mychal George Thompson (born January 30, 1955) is a Bahamian former basketball player. The No....  more
  • 12

    Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2001, 2000

    Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. He attended...  more

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    #37 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#59 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • 13

    Seasons: 2013, 2012

    Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    Clyde Lovellette

    Seasons: 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953

    Clyde Edward Lovellette ( loh-VEL-et; September 7, 1929 – March 9, 2016) was an American...  more
  • 15

    Seasons: 2018

    JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #32 of 40 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#26 of 67 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • 16

    Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975

    Cornell Warner (born August 12, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player. A...  more
  • 17
    Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #26 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#14 of 53 The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas

  • 18

    Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973

    Elmore Smith (born May 9, 1949) is an American retired professional basketball player born in...  more
  • 19

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

    Mel Grant Counts (born October 16, 1941) is an American retired basketball player who played...  more
  • 20

    Seasons: 1986, 1985

    Maurice Lucas (February 18, 1952 – October 31, 2010) was an American professional basketball...  more
  • 21
    Brook Robert Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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  • 22

    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...  more
  • 23

    Seasons: 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

    Lawrence Michael Foust (June 24, 1928 – October 27, 1984) was an American basketball player...  more
  • 24

    Seasons: 1981, 1980

    James Bernett “Bunny” Chones (born November 30, 1949) is an American former professional...  more
  • 25

    Seasons: 1957, 1956

    Walter F. Dukes (June 23, 1930 – March 13, 2001) was a center for the New York Knicks...  more