Top 5 Centers of All Time

To conclude our all time NBA positional rankings, we decide to discuss probably the most heavily congested position, center.

1.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


The highest scorer in NBA history tops our list. Formerly Lew Alcindor, Kareem commanded the league with possibly the most unstoppable shot of all time, the skyhook. Cap was a six time NBA Champion, a six time NBA MVP, and a nineteen time NBA All-Star, making his sustained dominance something that still hasn’t been matched in NBA history. Kareem, obviously, takes number one.


2.) Shaquille O’Neal


Shaq Diesel takes the number two spot on our greatest centers of all time list. Although this may be a controversial selection to put Shaq all the way at number two, it’s hard to deny just how dominant he was during his prime. The Big Aristotle was a four time NBA Champion, a MVP, and a fifteen time NBA All-Star, making him a force to be reckoned with in the late 90’s and early 2000’s

3.) Hakeem Olajuwon


The Dream shook his way to the number three spot on our list. This African born center gave other big men such as Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Shaquille O’Neal huge problems throughout the 90’s as a member of the Houston Rockets. Hakeem was a two time NBA Champion, a NBA MVP, and a twelve time NBA All-Star. His versatility on the offensive and defensive sides make him one of the most unique, yet gifted players to ever play the game.

4.) Bill Russell


The winningest player in NBA history snags the number four spot on our list. The king of the Celtics dynasty in the 60’s, Bill Russell led the Celts to eleven titles while he personally won five MVP’s. In addition, he was a twelve time NBA All-Star and averaged 22.5 rebounds per game, a statistic unheard of in today’s game. Bill would of been ranked higher but the level of competition during his playing days hurts his stock a little. Nevertheless, he is one of the five greatest big men to ever live.

5.) Wilt Chamberlain


The Big Dipper rounds out our list of the greatest centers ever. Wilt’s almost mythical status was developed through unheard of statistics such as scoring one hundred points in a game or averaging fifty points over the course of a season. Regardless, his mythical lore was only substantiated by his phenomenal accolades. Wilt was a two time NBA Champion, a four time NBA MVP, and a thirteen time NBA All-Star. Although Wilt seemed to live under the shadow of the Celtics’ dynasty during his playing carer, he still forged his own path and became one of the greatest centers of all time.