heard the talk about Shaq and his NBA
legacy so I decided to put my top five
centers in the NBA up for your comments.
Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors, 76ers, Lakers:
1959-1973) – The numbers
are astounding and he did more with less
than any other center on this list! Two-time
champion with two teams and many regard
them as two of the top five teams of all-time
(The 1967 76ers and 19'72 Lakers). Rookie
Of The Year (1960), Four time MVP (60,
67-68), NBA Finals MVP (72) They made
rules to stop his dominance while they
made rules to help players like Michael
Jordan! Career averages of 30.1 points,
and 22.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Led
league in total assists in 1968!
Skill or Move: Hard to tell.
He did it all being bigger, stronger and
could leap higher than the competition
as witnessed by the numbers! I'd think
his jumping ability.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Bucks, LA Lakers
1969-1989) - All-Time
leading scorer, six-time champion and
did it with two teams (Milwaukee 71' and
Los Angeles '80,'82, '85, '87 and '88)!
Rookie of the year (1970), Six-time regular
season MVP (71,72, 74, 76,77,80) and two-time
Finals MVP (71,85). Career averages of
24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Skill or Move: The Sky Hook,
One swooping shot that was virtually unblockable!
I only say Wilt knock it down in archived
Bill Russell (Celtics: 1956- 1969)
– He has 11 rings in 13 years (1957,
'59, '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66,
'68, '69) and made players better as witnessed
by his team full of hall of fame teammates
during his reign (8 to be exact)! He was
a player-coach on their last two championship
teams (68-69) and was the first African-American
to coach a NBA champion and the greatest
Boston Celtic ever by all who speak. Five
time regular season MVP (58, 61-63, 65).
Had career averages of 15.1 points, 22.5
rebounds and 4.3 assists
Skill or Move: The Blocked Shot.
Made it an art form before it was counted
as a stat! Usually kept the ball in play
and that led to the Celtics patented fastbreak!
Olajuwon (Rockets, Raptors: 1984- 2002)
– Brought the center out of the
paint especially in half court sets and
had plenty of moves to boot (just ask
David Robinson, Shaq and Ewing)! Two-time
champion with the his second hometown
Houston Rockets, one time regular season
MVP (1994) and two time Finals MVP (94-95).
Career averages of 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds
and 2.9 assists. Won defensive player
of the year, regular season and finals
MVP in same season (1994)
Skill or Move: The Dream Shake.
that got him to the hoop without the wear
and tear most center have to take. Also
a good jumper from 15 feet in!
O'Neal (Magic, LA Lakers, Heat: 1992-
Present) – Most
dominate center in this past decade (but
not as dominating as he could be! More
defensive and rebounding would up him
on the list! Four-time champion (1999-2001,
2006) and three time NBA Finals MVP (2000-2002)
. One-time regular season MVP (2000).
Took three teams to the NBA Finals! Career
averages of 26.3 points, 11.8 rebounds
and 2.8 assists.
Skill or Move: The Monster
Dunk! Usually coming a spin move he called
"The Black Tornado" this dunk
will break the hands of any attempts to