Have you ever wondered who the best NBA centers of all time were? Well this article is going to help you find the 5 most elite basketball centers of all time. Their greatness spans for more than 4 decades. You may disagree with our order but you have to agree the following 5 were among the great ones.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 basketball centers of all time:
5. Hakeem (The dream) Olajuwon
No other NBA center displayed finesse and strength the way that Olajuwon did. His quickness of feet and his huge reservoir of moves made him invincible under the basket, inspiring millions of kids to aspire to be an NBA center. But Olajuwon wasn’t just a force to reckon with in the paint; he was an excellent outside threat as well. Ever since his college days, Olajuwon struck fear in the hearts of opponents. From his college days on, Hakeem “The Dream” never missed a step, winning two consecutive NBA titles as a member of the Huston Rockets.
4. Shaquille O’Neil
Not only was Shaq an outstanding NBA player, he also displayed enormous versatility in other areas. He showed his singing talents by making a rap album, and he has also appeared in a couple of movies, showing the world that he’s not just all brawn and no brains. Yes, Shaq will probably be best remembered as a terror under the basket, a characteristic that earned him 3 NBA Championships with the L.A. Lakers and 1 with the Miami Heat.
3. Bill Russell
Bill Russell won more NBA championships than any player in NBA history. His storied career is marked by the number of championship banners hanging from the rafters of the Boston Garden. Russell, along with Bob Cousy and other Celtic greats, was an integral part of the dynasty that dominated the NBA during the ‘60s. During those days, Russell ruled the no-man zone called “the paint” making it almost impossible for others to score. In fact, only one man threatened Russell’s dominance on the hard court
2. Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlain
As you may have already guessed, that one player was none other than Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain. The fierce rivalry between him and Russell fueled the enthusiasm for basketball in those days and drew innumerous new fans and players alike to the sport. Chamberlain so dominated the game that he accomplished something that probably will never be equaled, let alone exceeded: he scored 100 points in a single game. However, Kobe Bryant did come close with an 81 point effort. Chamberlain’s strength, defense and offensive prowess, and every other skill that he embodied made him the quintessential NBA center.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Although all these guys were great players in their right, there can only be one no. 1. Like the others, Jabbar has many championship rings to his credit, and his amazing sky hook allowed him to set many scoring records, many of which still stand to this day. Starting with the Milwaukee Bucks and ending with the L.A. Lakers, Jabbar’s storied career is the epitome of hard work and ethics. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was not only a great player on the court, but he carried that uniqueness of character everywhere he went. Truly, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the greatest center to ever play the game and has 6 championship rings.