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View Poll Results: Who is the greatest NBA Center of all time?
Karim Abdul Jaabar 3 18.75%
Wilt Chamberlain 3 18.75%
Bill Russell 4 25.00%
Hakeem Olajuwon 1 6.25%
Shaquille O'neal 4 25.00%
Moses Malone 0 0%
David Robinson 0 0%
Patrick Ewing 0 0%
Bill Walton 0 0%
George Mikan 1 6.25%
Willis Reed 0 0%
Other ( name in thread) 0 0%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old October 21st, 2013, 16:17 Thread Starter
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Now we move to the center position, IMO this position is the most important. There is a reason why centers always get paid more then other position players. Defensively they are ones who protect the paint, rebound and block shots.
Most successful dynasties in NBA history always had great centers. Jordan & Lebron are really exceptions we talk about.


1 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He never was dominant like shaq or wilt, but what puts him at number 1 is his consistency. He is the all time leader in points scored, His sky hook shot is most unstoppable shot in nba history



2 - Bill Russell

There isnt much to say, other then he won 11 ****ing championships. He would also have record of finals mvp if the award was handed during all that stretch ( he just has 5 ).



3 - Wilt Chamberlain

He is the shaq of 1960's. Dominant , and more powerful then others.Was unstoppable.Holds record for most points in a game with 100. And he averaged in his first season 37 points per game and 27 rebounds.Just insane how dominant he was..



4 - Shaquille O'neal


Like wilt, he was stronger then others. Was simply dominant . What hindered his game was his poor free throw shooting.



5 - Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem the dream.Might be best all around defensive player. Great shot blocker, did many steals. His foot work was amazing , he had a great post up game...his post game is so great that he even teaches and works with alot of current day superstars.( Kobe bryant,lebron james and dwight howard all worked with hakeem).



6 - Moses Malone

3 time league MVP. led in rebounds 6 times. Him being sixth just shows how stacked the center position historically is.



7 - David Robinson

He was nicknamed the admiral. Along tim duncan they formed the twin towers. He had one game where he scored more then 70 points as well.And one of four players to have recorded quadraple double (with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 blocks against the Detroit Pistons on February 17, 1994) .



8 - Patrick Ewing

Missed out on winning a title, but remains one of the best ever to play in his position.



9 -George Mikan

He is the guy who pushed for the rule changes. Because of him , NBA began to enforce goaltending violations and also installed the 24-second shot clock and a wider 3-second lane.He would just camp beneath his basket to swat away jump shots!




10 - Bill Walton

The best passing center in the game , averaged 5 assists in 1977. He holds records for most missed games in nba history, and undergo like 20 surgeries. If not for injuries, this man would be much much higher on the list.In his only two healthy season in his prime (still only played 65 & 58 games) he managed to win league mvp and finals mvp.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old October 21st, 2013, 16:42
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George Mikan who is maybe the most dominant player in the league ever but also the most underrated one because of his era. :thmbup:

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Shaq over Hakeem? GTFO.
Feel free to disagree and argue back.

Hakeem did beat Shaq in a finals,and outplayed him. But that was a young shaq, Shaq got better and even won more rings then hakeem. The lakers shaq was stimply unstoppable monster, no one could stop.

I think its debatable, but not idiotic to put Shaq ahead of hakeem.
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Feel free to disagree and argue back.

Hakeem did beat Shaq in a finals,and outplayed him. But that was a young shaq, Shaq got better and even won more rings then hakeem. The lakers shaq was stimply unstoppable monster, no one could stop.

I think its debatable, but not idiotic to put Shaq ahead of hakeem.
Shaq won a lot more titles playing with one of the greatest players of all time next to him. If Hakeen had Jordan playing with him rather than a carnival staff he would have absolutely owned the NBA.

Hakeem was also one of the best defenders ever, not only leading the NBA in blocks but also having probably the most steals for big man.

Shaq was big, that's all he's got on Olajuwon. Hakeem was a better scorer in terms of having more moves on the block than Shaq, a better rebounder, a better defensive guy and a better passer.

Also Hakeem played in an era where NBA had plenty of good big men. Shaq played in an era (prime) where the best NBA center apart from him was a 52 year old Mutombo and a way past his best David Robinson.

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I voted for Hakeem. Maybe I am biased, because he is one of my favourite players. To be honest I used to watch his videos on youtube a lot and than copied his moves when I played basketball. Another big guy who I enjoyed watching was Kevin Mchale. Defensively it is not even close between Shaq and Hakeem, offensively in terms of skill same story, because Shaq didn't really have any moves, a fact that he often admits, however he was an absolute force of nature in his prime, one of the most if not the most dominating players ever.
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I'd go with Russell.

But this is a tough category.

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I think overall Shaq was more productive then Olajuwon. Hakeem is definetly the better player technically, but shaq was the more dominant. There are very few players who can come close to Shaq 2000 - 2001 season. I think that season Shaq > 93 - 95 Olajuwon.

Its not fair to say better scorer, because he can shoot better or technically was better. Shaq won two scoring title to Olajuwon 0 , he would score with his dominant power. Best ppg Olajuwon averaged in a season was 27.8, Shaq has done 5 better scoring seasons then that.

Shaq also faced a tough frontcourt line of robinson/duncan.Thats I think toughest frontline either Shaq or Olajuwon ever faced when it comes to competition.

Also Shaq did pretty well against Olajwuwon in the finals in just his 3rd year, the prime shaq was much better then 3rd year shaq.
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He played a very phyiscal and agressive game, during his tenure he helped his team be one of best defensive clubs always.


Robert Parish

Won 3 titles with the celtics and one with the bulls.Alongside Larry Bird, and Kevin Mchale the celtics big three formed the greatest frontcourt in history of NBA.



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Kareem and Hakeem. Two players with their own creative genius. Sky hook and dream shake.

Kareem was still killer around 39/40 years of age.
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Arvydas Sabonis should be added.
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Arvydas Sabonis should be added.
Agreed. What he did with the Blazers in his short time in the league is extraordinary when you consider how old he was when he finally came over. A prime Sabonis would've been up there with Hakeem/Shaq. I would also add Dan Issel and Bill Walton to the list of honorable mentions.

My pick is Shaq. In his prime (1999-2003) he was the most dominating center of all-time. The way he ran the league was akin to Ronaldinho taking out every one in his path. It may not have been the longest, most consistent prime, but the numbers are insane: 28-12-3-3blk, +16 +/-, .261 WS/48, 30.1 PER!!! (second only to Jordan). His usage rate was about the same as Hakeem's, but he had a much better PER, scored more points and had more WS.

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