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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.

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.

Moses Malone

Moses Malone played 21 seasons, won three NBA MVPs and set a record for most career offensive rebounds. He holds the record for going 1212 games without a disqualification. See more »

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 »

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. See more »

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 »

Artis Gilmore

Artis Gilmore ranks as the most accurate shooter in professional basketball history, but he was not elected to the NBA Hall of Fame -- which has puzzled many people, because his records stand to this day. See more »

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 »

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is considered one of the most versatile centers of all time, despite many injuries. Though his style didn't appeal to everyone, he was a leader to his teammates. Learn more about Bill Walton and his 14-year career. See more »

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played center in the NBA for a record 20 years. He is famous for holding the record for the most points scored in NBA history, with 38,387. Learn more about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his signature 'sky hook.' See more »