Slam it Down, Big Man, Slam it Down!: Top Five Centers in the NBA

September 5th, 2010 by Phil G Leave a reply »
Finding true centers in the NBA is getting harder by the day. The blame should be targeted partly at the college game but the European influences has also played a factor in the dying breeds of true center. 

A true center should be able to play in the post, usually with their back to the basket. They should be able to control the paint (they don't have to be dominant) on offense and defense. Rebounding is crucial and if your center can block shots, that's an added plus. 

Many fans would tell you that they missed the old rivalries between centers. There was Bill Russell vs Wilt or Ewing vs. Olajuwon. Those were some legendary battles but you won't see that type of rivalry in the NBA today. 

It's unfortunate that the NBA has become more perimeter oriented but there still are some pretty good centers. Here is the list of the top 5 centers in the NBA today. 

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