DAR Sports Roundtable: Top 5 NBA Centers Of All Time

As DAR Sports Week winds down and we finish the last few months of themed weeks, we decided to turn a bar conversation we had into an actual article. The NBA is heavily debated and likely one of the most fun sports to debate and discuss (it is the most fun to debate honestly). Today, we gathered everyone to discuss the top 5 NBA Centers of All Time. Let's get into this.

Top 5 Centers of all time? Here's my list.

1. Shaquille O'Neal

-One of the most popular players of all time in terms of his personality and relationship with the media aspect of the game, Shaq achieved it all. 4 rings and a 20 and 10 career stat line. A true great.

2. Wilt Chamberlain

-I really can't leave The Stilt off this list, even if I never watched him once. He scored a 100 points in a game. He AVERAGED 22 rebounds a game for his CAREER. At 7'1, he led the league in assists in 1968. This is a legend. R.I.P.

3. Hakeem Olajuwon

-I could say a lot more...but he got a quadruple double. I don't think more is needed.

4. Dikembe Mutumbo

-As a basketball lover first and as a fellow African second, I have to put Dikembe on this list. From the shots sent into row Z to the finger wag to the Cookie Monster voice, Mutumbo is a true great at the 5.

5. Ben Wallace

Mr. Consistent, at least on the defensive end, he won a ring in 2004 with THAT Pistons team and won 4 DPOY awards. He didn't have the longest run of success, but Big Ben definitely had one of the brightest. Not to mention he was undrafted! One of my favorite players. I know he went between PF and C, but I consider him a center.

My list is quite simple:

*Bill Russell

*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

*Wilt Chamberlain 

*Hakeem Olajuwon

*Shaquille O'Neal

This was slightly challenging, but I make magic happen, so here are my top 5 centers of all time.

*Patrick Ewing 

-He was an asset to the Knicks in the 90's. Ewing managed five straight years of 20+ points a game. It's crazy that this Hall of Famer, Rookie of the Year, and much more never got to hoist a championship trophy.

*Moses Malone

-He saw "MVP" attached to his name multiple times in his career. His legacy is one that won't go tarnished. Malone's only championship came with the 76ers. His technique stands as a model for many players to emulate.

*Shaquille O'Neal

-You really just can't talk centers without talking Shaquille O'Neal. Four championships, top ten player in the league (except those free throws), and an MVP award. Who can forget about Superman?

*David Robinson 

-David Robinson has two championships under his belt and 20,790 points in his pocket. He spent his entire career with the Spurs and that's a quality I admire. He was named Rookie of the Year and scoring champion four years apart. And don't forget the Wheaties box.

*Hakeem Olajuwon

-Hakeem Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to their first title. You have to respect the way this guy played. "The Dream" was number 1 in the same draft as Michael Jordan. His career showed why there was no issue with what transpired.

It was tough picking my top 5 centers. I wanted to include Moses and Bill Russell, but this is my personal top 5 and they don't make the cut for my personal top 5 honestly. Wilt Chamberlain is without a doubt a top 5 Center of all time in terms of success, dominance and everything, but that was a different era and before my time, and all of our time really, so I don't include him on my list personally, but I know he is a GOAT. Let me get into it.

*Shaquille O'Neal

-Shaq is hands down my all time favorite center. Dominant, one of the most solid players and initially one of the more well rounded centers when he was with the Magic, Shaq is the most dominant next to Wilt and Kareem.

*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

-I watch highlights of Kareem often. He's without a doubt the most dominant center I've ever watched. I was born around the end of his career, and when I was younger, I used to watch older tapes of him amazed at his dominance and the glorious hook shot he became known for. He is without a doubt a top 5 center.

*David Robinson

-The Admiral remains one of my all time favorite players to grace the game of basketball. He was without a doubt one of the most fluid centers and truly entertaining to watch. His scoring title, his 1995 MVP award, Rookie of The Year, 10 time All Star and two NBA championships are nothing to overlook. Robinson was one of the best to ever do it.

*Hakeem Olajuwon

-The Dream. There's so much I could say about Hakeem, but he was just flawless to watch play. During the Rockets championship years, Hakeem was the MAN. The MAN. Period.

*Patrick Ewing 

-Though as a Bulls fan, I was never the biggest fan of Ewing growing up, I always respected him and that Knicks team. Ewing was a beast and showcased amazing ability as a center. It is a shame that he never got a championship as he was always a model of consistency.

Who are your top 5 NBA Centers of All Time? Post your selections in the comments below.



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