The NBA has had its share of great centers throughout the history of the league. People have many different perspectives on what they believe makes a great center.
I personally think the combination of scoring, rebounding and interior defense are the ingredients of the great ones. Along with those ingredients comes the ability to dominate the game.
The center position is said to be by many the key component of a successful team (try to tell that to Michael Jordan). Assuming you don’t have someone as special as Mr. Jordan was on your roster, it is very helpful to have a dominant center.
The center position has had its greats throughout time. Mikan is considered the first great center in NBA history.
He was followed by arguably two of the greatest all-time Russell and Chamberlin. They passed the crown to Lew Alcindor the great big man out of UCLA, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The best era for centers by far is the late 80’s going into 90’s with 6 out of my top 10 centers competing during that time period. I like to call this era the “Golden Age of Centers”.
In recent memory the dominating big man has died down for the most part. The center position has been no stranger to change over the years.
The evolution of the center position has been substantial over last 10 years. It went from the domination of centers like David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O’Neal to the more athletic centers like Amare Stoudemire and Dwight Howard.
People may argue with my Top 10, however after you read each player capsule you will understand why I ranked each player in that place. Please read and enjoy this article as I will be following this article with the top 10 power forwards of all-time. The ultimate NBA fans will certainly enjoy this post.
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