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.

Bob Lanier

Bob Lanier played in eight All-Star Games, winning MVP honors at the 1974 renewal. He retired after having his eighth knee surgery in 1984. He entered the NBA Hall of Fame in 1991. Get details about Bob Lanier and his career totals.

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  • Patrick Ewing

    Patrick Ewing

    Patrick Ewing, throughout his career, changed his basketball personality to an extent that few players do. He was one of the most complete pivotmen in college and professional basketball history. See more »

  • Ralph Sampson

    Ralph Sampson

    Ralph Sampson won National Player of the Year honors three straight years, but enjoyed only brief success in the NBA. He was recruited heavily but suffered several knee problems. See more »

  • Robert Parish

    Robert Parish

    Robert Parish played more games than any player in history and won four championship rings. His career ended with the Chicago Bulls, who ironically were torn over whether or not to draft him 20 years earlier. See more »

  • Shaquille ONeal

    Shaquille ONeal

    Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominant figures in NBA history, earns millions a year as a movie/rap star. O'Neal ranks with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as one of the best centers to ever play the game. See more »

  • Willis Reed

    Willis Reed

    Willis Reed was the first player named MVP of the regular season All-Star Game and NBA Finals in the same season (1970). He retired in 1974 and went on to coach the Knicks and Nets. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1981. Read more about Willis Reed. See more »

  • Wilt Chamberlain

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Wilt Chamberlain by his own reckoning was the greatest basketball player who ever lived. He retired after 14 seasons in 1973 after having recorded 31419 points and 23924 rebounds. Learn more about this Hall of Fame basketball player. See more »

  • Elvin Hayes

    Elvin Hayes

    Elvin Hayes tied for sixth best in NBA scoring history and had a nine-year run with the Bullets. He played 1,303 games, a record at that time, and exactly 50,000 minutes. Read more about Elvin Hayes and his greatest moments. See more »

  • Meadowlark Lemon

    Meadowlark Lemon

    Meadowlark Lemon joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1954 and played several thousand games over the next 25 years. The highlights of his act included amazing ball-handling and hook-shots from half court. See more »

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