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Best NBA Centers of All-Time

Can you name the best NBA players who played mostly center during their careers?
According to an NBA poll of experts. Full list of top players here.
Active players in bold.
Team = team with which they played the most games.
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Last updated: October 5, 2019
First submittedOctober 24, 2014
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Team
Player
1
Lakers
Kareem-Abdul Jabbar
2
Warriors
Wilt Chamberlain
3
Celtics
Bill Russell
4
Lakers
Shaquille O'Neal
5
Rockets
Hakeem Olajuwon
6
Rockets
Moses Malone
7
Spurs
David Robinson
8
Knicks
Patrick Ewing
9
Lakers
George Mikan
10
Trail Blazers
Bill Walton
11
Knicks`
Willis Reed
12
Braves
Bob McAdoo
13
Bullets
Wes Unseld
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Team
Player
14
Celtics
Dave Cowens
15
Grizzlies
Pau Gasol
16
Celtics
Robert Parish
17
Heat
Alonzo Mourning
18
Magic
Dwight Howard
19
Pistons
Bob Lanier
20
Bulls
Artis Gilmore
21
Nuggets
Dikembe Mutombo
22
Raptors
Chris Bosh
23
Rockets
Yao Ming
24
Warriors
Nate Thurmond
25
Grizzlies
Marc Gasol
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level 51
Oct 13, 2019
very nice list, agree with most of them, though I think Hakeem and Shaq are better than Bill and maybe Wilt
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level 68
Dec 3, 2019
Hard to compare eras. Look at Russell's rebounding stats, Wilt's scoring. Shaq was the most dominant player I've ever seen except for the foul line. That foul line problem, however, was a very big one. Hakeem was great, but #5 seems about right to me.
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level ∞
Dec 3, 2019
Wilt was actually worse than Shaq at free throws. Russell was extremely bad as well.
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level 59
Dec 10, 2019
Hakeem dominated Shaq in every head to head matchup.
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level 62
Dec 3, 2019
Placing Wilt Chamberlain above Bill Russell is an insult to the sport of basketball. Does 11 championships mean nothing to these "experts?"
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level 51
Dec 3, 2019
If they'd played horse, Wilt would have killed him. It takes a team.
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level 61
Dec 4, 2019
Player-wise Wilt is by far the superior player, Bill Russel had the best team in the league for 13 seasons
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level 74
Dec 4, 2019
Russell is a winner, it doesn't mean he is the best individual player. Chamberlain just wasn't a winner.
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level 25
Feb 1, 2020
Bosh was a power forward
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level 25
Mar 18, 2020
You should add Hawks for Mutombo because that's where a lot of people remember him