25 Greatest Centers in NBA History

 

 20. Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo

Points Per Game Blocks Per Game             Offensive Rating
9.8 2.8        111

Like Ben Wallace who came after him, Mutombo was a defensive nightmare, with four Defensive Player of the Year Awards to prove it. Unlike Wallace however, Mutombo had a relatively serviceable game on the offensive end.

 

 19. Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning

Points Per Game Blocks Per Game             Offensive Rating
17.1 2.8        115

Though Mourning lacked a polished low post game, he was still an effective scorer in the paint. Combined with his impeccable sense of timing for rebounding and a string defensive game, Mourning was easily one of the best centers of his era or any era.

 

 18. Robert Parish
Robert Parish

Points Per Game Blocks Per Game             Offensive Rating
14.5 1.5        111*

Selected with the number one overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft by a now struggling Golden State Warriors franchise. After being traded to the Boston Celtics, he essentially became one of their three most important players alongside Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.

 

 17. Willis Reed
Willis Reed

Points Per Game Blocks Per Game             Offensive Rating
18.7 n/a        n/a

Reed was a scoring and rebounding force for much of his career and led the New York Knicks to two championships in the 1970s, an era remembered specifically for its parity.

 

 16. Wes Unseld
Wes Unseld

Points Per Game Blocks Per Game             Offensive Rating
10.8 n/a        n/a

Standing at just 6’7”, Wes Unseld was undersized at the center position, even for his time. Despite this however, he was a rebounding machine. Unseld managed to accumulate one NBA championship, an MVP, Finals MVP and had five All-Star selections.

 

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