Great Basketball Centers

Bob Lanier
Bob Lanier had his jersey
number retired by two
different teams.

Some of basketball's most recognizable names show up on this list of the greatest centers of all time, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played for an astonishing twenty seasons, to high-scoring Wilt Chamberlain, known for his incredible 100-point game. And in addition to being great athletes, a few are great performers as well, as evidenced by Meadowlark Lemon's antics with the comedic Harlem Globetrotters or Shaquille O'Neal's multimedia appearances, which include film, music, video games, and television commercials.

Rap album or no, each of these centers thrilled crowds and broke records. Discover all you ever wanted to know about basketball's legendary centers, then continue on to the next page, where you can learn about the coaches who guided these players to glory.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Wilt Chamberlain
Dave Cowens
Patrick Ewing
Artis Gilmore
Elvin Hayes
Bob Lanier
Meadowlark Lemon
Moses Malone
George Mikan
Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O'Neal
Robert Parish
Willis Reed
David Robinson
Bill Russell
Ralph Sampson
Bill Walton