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The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time  

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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 is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his ...more
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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

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

Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; ...more
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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

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

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...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., nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers ...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 is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...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 is a retired Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator. Divac spent most of his career in the National Basketball Association. At 7 ft 1 in, he played ...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 is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Bynum has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Indiana Pacers of the National ...more
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Elmore Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973

Elmore Smith is a retired American professional basketball player born in Macon, Georgia. A 7'0" center from Kentucky State University, he played in the National Basketball Association from ...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 is a retired American basketball player. He attended and played college basketball at Clemson University, before playing professionally in the National Basketball ...more
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Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

Samuel "Sam" Perkins is a retired American professional basketball player. He won a gold medal with the US national team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Known by the nicknames ...more
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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2018

JaVale Lindy McGee is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the ...more
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Mel Counts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

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

Mel Grant Counts is a retired American basketball player who was in the NBA from 1964 to 1976. An excellent outside shooter for a 7 footer, he was on the United States Olympic basketball team ...more
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Rick Roberson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1971, 1970, 1969

Rick Roberson is a retired professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Jazz and Kansas City Kings. ...more
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Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953

Clyde Edward Lovellette is a retired professional basketball player. He is the first basketball player in history to play on an NCAA championship team, Olympics gold medal basketball team, and ...more
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Ivica Zubac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

Ivica Zubac is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected by the Lakers in the second round of the 2016 NBA
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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 was an American basketball player.
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Jim Krebs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

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

James Krebs was an American basketball player. A 6'8" power forward/center, he starred for the SMU Mustangs during the mid-1950s and later played with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers of ...more
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Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1986, 1985

Maurice Lucas was an American professional basketball player. The first two years of his postcollegiate career were spent in the American Basketball Association with the Spirits of St. Louis and ...more
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Larry Foust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957

Lawrence Michael "Larry" Foust was an American basketball player who spent 12 seasons in the NBA and was an 8-time All-Star. Foust attended South Catholic High School in Philadelphia, ...more
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Darrall Imhoff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

Darrall Tucker Imhoff is an American former professional basketball player. He spent twelve seasons in the NBA, playing for six teams. Imhoff was the starting center for the New York Knicks, and ...more
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Jordan Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Jordan Craig Hill is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Hill played college basketball for the ...more
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Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1981, 1980

James Bernett Chones is an American former professional basketball player, and current radio analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers. A 6'11" forward/center, Chones starred at Marquette ...more
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Ray Felix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 1962, 1961, 1960

Raymond Darlington Felix was an American professional basketball player. He was born in New York City. He played college basketball at Long Island University. A 6' 11" center from Long ...more
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Ed Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014

Edward Adam Davis is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by ...more
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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Seasons: 2013, 2012

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more