For much of basketball history, the “big man” was the focal point of the team. And after reading this list, you’ll understand why.
On offense, the center could use his imposing size to bully his way to the basket, getting the easy buckets. On other end of the court, the center is the last line of defense, protecting the rim from those pesky guards who dared to challenge him in the paint. While the current landscape of the NBA seems to lack those legendary centers of days past, a few of today’s “bigs” could crack the conversation of the best centers of all time.