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Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and the 10 Greatest Centers in Houston Rockets History

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Hakeem Olajuwon, Yao Ming and the 10 Greatest Centers in Houston Rockets History
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Remember when the center position used to dominate the NBA?

Most of you probably don't because the last decade of professional basketball has been guard oriented. 

But way back when, it was the giants in the paint that often decided the outcome of each game, and the teams that had a premier big man stood at the front of the line. It's no wonder then why the Houston Rockets were one of the NBA's elite franchises from 1980-2000.

Hakeem Olajuwon was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Rockets in the 1984 draft and rose to such great heights that the public either forgot or deemed it unnecessary to chastise the organization for passing on Michael Jordan.

The Dream is simply the best center to ever don a Rockets uniform, and arguably the best that ever lived. It's no secret that he is No. 1 on this list, but what about Yao Ming? What about Ralph Sampson and Otis Thorpe?

Where do they rank on the list of the top 10 centers in the rich history of the Houston Rockets? Take a look.

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