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The Top Ten Greatest NBA Centers of all Time

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10.) Patrick Ewing

  • Patrick Ewing played for the New York Knicks, the Seattle Super Sonics, and the Orlando Magic.
  • 11 Time NBA All Star (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
  • All NBA First Team (1990)
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All Time Team

9.) Willis Reed

  • Willis Reed played for the New York Knicks from 1964 to 1974.
  • 2 Time NBA Champion (1970, 1973)
  • 2 Time NBA Finals MVP Award (1970, 1973)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1970)

8.) David Robinson

  • David Robinson played for the San Antonio Spurs from 1989 to 2003.
  • 2 Time NBA Champion (1999, 2003)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1995)
  • NBA Scoring Champion (1994)

7.) George Mikan

  • George Mikan played for the Chicago American Gears and the Minneapolis Lakers.
  • 5 Time BAA / NBA Champion (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)
  • 2 Time NBL Champion (1947, 1948)
  • NBL Most Valuable Player Award (1948)

6.) Moses Malone

  • Moses Malone played for the Utah Stars, the Spirits of St. Louis, the Buffalo Braves, the Houston Rockets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Washington Bullets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the San Antonio Spurs.
  • NBA Champion in 1983
  • NBA Finals MVP Award in 1983
  • 3 Time NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1979, 1982, 1983)

5.) Shaquille O’Neal

  • Shaquille O’Neal played for the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics.
  • 4 Time NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
  • 3 Time NBA Finals MVP Award (2000, 2001, 2002)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2000

4.) Hakeem Olajuwon

  • Hakeem Olajuwon played for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.
  • 2 Time NBA Champion (1994, 1995)
  • 2 Time NBA Finals MVP Award (1994, 1995)
  • 3 Time NBA Blocks Leader (1990, 1991, 1993)

3.) Wilt Chamberlain

  • Wilt Chamberlain played for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 2 Time NBA Champion (1967, 1972)
  • NBA Finals MVP Award (1972)
  • 4 Time NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968)

2.) Bill Russell

  • Bill Russell played for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969.
  • 11 Time NBA Champion (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
  • 5 Time NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965)
  • 4 Time NBA Rebounding Champion (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965)

1.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 6 Time NBA Champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  • 2 Time NBA Finals MVP Award (1971, 1985)
  • 6 Time NBA Most Valuable Player Award (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)

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