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The Best Los Angeles Lakers Centers of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 3.9k votes 642 voters 15.4k 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 player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los...  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 professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT. He...  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 player who played as a center and is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for the...  more

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    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 League...  more

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    #141 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players 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 Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a...  more

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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 and...  more

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

    LeRoy Ellis (March 10, 1940 – June 2, 2012) was an American basketball player....  more
  • 8

    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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  • 9

    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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  • 10

    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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    #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. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Thompson played the power forward and center positions for the...  more
  • 12

    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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    #14 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s#37 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • 13

    Seasons: 2013, 2012

    Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time All-Star,...  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 professional basketball player. He was the first basketball player in history to play on an NCAA championship...  more
  • 15
    Robert Allen McAdoo (born September 25, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was a...  more

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    Seasons: 2018

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

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  • 17

    Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975

    Cornell Warner (born August 12, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'9" forward/center from Jackson State University, Warner played seven seasons (1970–1977) in the...  more
  • 18

    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 Basketball...  more
  • 19

    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
  • 20

    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 with the...  more
  • 21

    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 Association...  more
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    Brook Robert Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 10th overall by the Nets in...  more

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  • 23

    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....  more
  • 24

    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, Chones...  more
  • 25

    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, Dukes...  more