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The top 10 Centers in NBA History

The top 10 Centers in NBA History

When it comes to the game of basketball, the center position holds a special place of importance. These players are often the tallest and most physically dominant on the court, tasked with guarding the paint, rebounding, and scoring close to the basket. Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been many legendary centers who have left an indelible mark on the game. In this article, we will discuss the top 10 centers in NBA history, taking into account their impact on the game, their statistics, and their overall legacy.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is widely considered the greatest center in NBA history. Standing at 7 feet 2 inches tall, Abdul-Jabbar dominated the game with his signature skyhook shot. He won six NBA championships, six MVP awards, and is the all-time leading scorer in NBA history. His longevity and consistent performance make him a true legend of the game.

2. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain is another center who is often mentioned in the conversation for the greatest of all time. Standing at an incredible 7 feet 1 inch tall, Chamberlain was a dominant force on both ends of the court. He holds numerous records, including scoring 100 points in a single game, averaging 50 points per game in a season, and grabbing an astounding 55 rebounds in a single game.

3. Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal, often referred to as Shaq, was a force to be reckoned with during his playing days. Standing at 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighing over 300 pounds, Shaq used his size and strength to overpower opponents. He won four NBA championships, three Finals MVP awards, and was a 15-time NBA All-Star. His combination of power and finesse made him one of the most dominant centers of all time.

4. Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon, also known as "The Dream," was a master of both offense and defense. Standing at 7 feet tall, Olajuwon had incredible footwork and post moves that made him nearly unstoppable in the paint. He won two NBA championships, two Finals MVP awards, and was a 12-time NBA All-Star. Olajuwon's defensive prowess was equally impressive, as he holds the record for the most blocked shots in NBA history.

5. Bill Russell

Bill Russell is often regarded as one of the greatest winners in NBA history. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall, Russell led the Boston Celtics to a record 11 NBA championships during his career. His defensive skills and ability to impact the game without scoring made him a unique and influential player. Russell was a five-time MVP, a 12-time NBA All-Star, and his legacy will always be tied to his incredible championship success.

6. David Robinson

David Robinson, also known as "The Admiral," was a dominant force during his playing days. Standing at 7 feet 1 inch tall, Robinson had a unique combination of size, athleticism, and skill. He won two NBA championships, an MVP award, and was a 10-time NBA All-Star. Robinson's impact on the game went beyond his individual accomplishments, as he was known for his philanthropy and leadership off the court as well.

7. Moses Malone

Moses Malone was a dominant force in the paint during his career. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall, Malone had a relentless motor and a knack for rebounding. He won three MVP awards, was a 12-time NBA All-Star, and led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship in 1983. Malone's work ethic and determination made him one of the greatest centers of his era.

8. Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing was a force to be reckoned with during his playing days. Standing at 7 feet tall, Ewing had a smooth shooting touch and a strong defensive presence. He was an 11-time NBA All-Star and led the New York Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1994. Ewing's impact on the game extended beyond his playing career, as he became a successful coach in the NBA.

9. George Mikan

George Mikan is often regarded as the first dominant big man in NBA history. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall, Mikan was a pioneer of the center position. He won five NBA championships and was a four-time NBA All-Star. Mikan's impact on the game cannot be overstated, as he paved the way for future generations of centers.

10. Yao Ming

Yao Ming was a dominant center during his playing days. Standing at 7 feet 6 inches tall, Yao used his size and skill to become one of the most recognizable players in the NBA. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Yao's impact on the game extended beyond his individual accomplishments, as he helped popularize basketball in China and around the world.

The top 10 centers in NBA history have left an indelible mark on the game. These players have showcased their dominance, skill, and impact on both ends of the court. From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Yao Ming, each center on this list has contributed to the rich history of the NBA and will forever be remembered as legends of the game.


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