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Basketball Centers are the tallest athletes on the team and typically the tallest athletes in the world. Centers can strike fear in opponents - and who wouldn't at more than 7' tall.

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Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens, who spurred the Celtics to two championships, was the second-leading rebounder in franchise history. He retired from professional play in 1980 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990. Read about Cowens's NBA career.


Moses Malone

 Moses Malone

Moses Malone played 21 seasons, won three NBA MVP's, and set a record for most career offensive rebounds. Learn about Moses Malone and his NBA career. See more »

 Elvin Hayes

Elvin Hayes tied for sixth best in NBA scoring history and had a nine-year run with the Bullets. Read more about Elvin Hayes and his greatest moments. See more »

Dave Cowens

 Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens, who spurred the Celtics to two championships, was the second-leading rebounder in franchise history. Read about Cowens’s NBA career. See more »

Patrick Ewing

 Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing, throughout his career, changed his basketball personality to an extent that few players do. Read about this basketball legend. See more »

Artis Gilmore

 Artis Gilmore

Artis Gilmore ranks as the most accurate shooter in professional basketball history. Read about this basketball legend. See more »

Wilt Chamberlain

 Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain, by his own reckoning, was the greatest basketball player who ever lived. Learn more about this Hall of Fame basketball player. See more »

Bill Walton

 Bill Walton

Bill Walton is considered one of the most versatile centers of all time, despite many injuries. Learn more about Bill Walton and his 14-year career. See more »

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played center in the NBA for a record 20 years. Learn more about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his signature shot, the 'sky hook.' See more »