Over his first eight campaigns, the number was 17.9. Gregory Cameron-December 13, 2010 7:28 am. Robinson lays claim to third highest scoring output in a single by a center when he erupted for 71 points against the Los Angeles Clipper on April 24th, 1994. He led his team to one NAIA title and three SAC Championships. There's certainly much more to the Chairman of the Boards than what he did on the glass, but it was the foundation of his greatness. Making matters worse Ewing was outplayed by fellow big man Hakeem Olajuwon in all seven games. By my metrics, no all-time great contributed a higher percentage of his overall value in the postseason than Russell. And if it wasn’t for Tim Duncan, Robinson might have been in the same category as Ewing. A lefty who excelled at both ends and could run the floor like a small forward. Wes as he was known, was a very good basketball playing coming out of high school. Moses Malone's cushion on the offensive rebound leaderboard is even bigger. Accomplishments: 11x NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team member, New York Knicks All-Time leading scorer, and has his #33 jersey retired by the Knicks. The Lead Sports Media (TLSM) is the ultimate destination for up-to-the-moment expert commentary on all trending NBA topics and headlines that other platforms undershadow. Wes received NBA Finals MVP honors for his performance for the Bullets. Russell would go on to win a mind-boggling 11 out of 13 NBA Championship in his thirteen-year NBA career. These two men dominated the game and their era like no others in history. Career Averages: 21.0 PPG 12.5 RPG 1.8 APG and 2.0 BPG. Reed was relatively an undersized player in an era which boasted the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. 23.1 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, .404 FG%, The player But even those regular seasons may not be Shaq's most impressive feats. In the 60’s it was all about Russell and Wilt. Wilt skills as a rebounder were unmatched and you could call him king of the boards, he secured 11 rebounding titles, from 1960-1963, 1966-1969, 1971-1971. Shaq is one of the last of a dying breed of dominant big men. on. He was a two-time NBA Final MVP in 1994 and 1995, NBA MVP in 1994, 12th time NBA All-Star, 1985-1990, 1992-1997, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year. More career points than anyone. Wilt was one of the best passing big men of his era and this is evident in the fact that he led the league in assist in 1968. Dubbed a warrior by many, Ewing was the leader of the blue and orange for 16 sweat-faced seasons. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 1983, was selected to 4 All-NBA First team in 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985. With that in mind, Bleacher Report compiled a ranking of the 10 best. Robinson was also a strong rebounder and he led the NBA in rebounding in 1991. ", The term "playmaker" is often reserved for guards and wings, or the occasional point center like Jokic. His defensive prowess allowed him to lead the NBA in block shots in 1990, 1991, 1993. Bill Russell was a decent scorer, an outstanding rebounder, and an impressive defender. -- Stein, Skilled enough to lead the league in scoring and one of the best defenders in the league, Robinson was a consummate team player and leader. ET. His individual ranks in a handful of stats are equally impressive: With his unstoppable skyhook and dominant defensive abilities, Kareem ruled the NBA over multiple eras. Bill Walton in his own unorthodox, hippie way, was the ultimate winner. One of the most talented post players in NBA history. He's fourth all-time in career box plus/minus, trailing only LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. Should The Grizzlies Push for the Playoffs? Hakeem frustrated opposing team centers as he had such quick feet, combined with a good shooting touch and so many fakes. Catch-all metrics like box plus/minus (available from the 1973-74 season on) and win shares per 48 minutes came into play. He led the Orlando Magic to their first NBA finals and actually made them a team anyone cared about for the first time during his four seasons there. Kareem was a product the famed New York City Playgrounds which produced many of the basketball legends of that era. He led the league in blocks four times, in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, led the league in rebounding once. The number that says it all about Russell was the number of rings – Eleven NBA championships, more than any other NBA player, all with the Celtics. Reed was a four-time All-NBA Second Team from 1967-1969, 1971. Drop steps, Over a 10-year statistical peak that spanned from 1993-94 to 2002-03, O'Neal, Over the course of his first seven playoff runs with the Los Angeles Lakers (100 games), O'Neal, You may not put him at the top of your list, but if Abdul-Jabbar is not part of the discussion, you’re having the wrong conversation. Olajuwon dominated Ewing, David Robinson & Shaq in three individual matchups & led the Rockets to back-to-back titles. MVP (1977-78), Finals MVP (1977), Sixth Man of the Year (1985-86), 2-time All-Star, 2-time All-NBA selection, 2-time All-D selection, Hall of Fame, Career stats Kareem is the second best center of all time, mainly because he stands first all-time in scoring at 38,387, which is not an easy feat considering the number of great players that have played in the NBA. But not until Phil Jackson arrived and Kobe Bryant shook off his growing pains did O’Neal win NBA titles. Walton played in only 10 NBA seasons, a total of 468 games, finishing with a career average of 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. Share. ", Robinson: 23.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.5 steals, 55.3 true shooting percentage, Olajuwon: 35.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.2 blocks, 1.3 steals, 59.0 true shooting percentage. Olajuwon was a combination of finesse, raw athleticism and a toughness that might be missed on the first look. LeBron has a bit more to do and earn before he passes him. He scored 100 points in a game (still an NBA record), he pulled down 55 boards in one game (still an NBA record) & he even somehow managed to lead the league in assists. Bill Russell didn't have the raw numbers Chamberlain put up, but he's one of the game's ultimate winners. He finished his career with 29,580 and with a scoring average of 20.6 ppg, and with rebounding total of 17,834 and averages of 12.2rpg. Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors(1959-65), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-68), Los Angeles Lakers (1968-74), Honors He starred on the Seneca High Team that went on to win back to back state championships in Kentucky. The result is our all-time NBA Top 100. He was named first-team All-Defensive in both 1976-77 and 1977-78. He finished his career averaging 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Regardless of the level of competition he faced, Russell's defensive instincts and abilities may be unmatched across history. Probably the NBA’s first superstar, Mikan was so dominant back in the day he caused rules to change, and not something like a “Mikan” rule for some violent foul. His excellent ability for crashing the boards, allowed him to lead the NBA in rebounding six times, 1979, 1981-1985. You may ridicule his multiple, late career pit-stops in effort to win another title but make no doubt about it he made most everyone he played with better. And he could play D, pass and hit his free throws, too. His selflessness allowed him to make the transition from the star he was in Portland to the towel twirling backup he became in Boston. Robinson had the most chiseled frames in the NBA to my recollection. So here is my list of the top 10 NBA Centers of All-Time. NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Centers. Bump the qualifying box plus/minus up to 3.0 and Duncan's all-time lead increases. 0 comments. Russell ‘s had an illustrious playing career as a Celtic, playing for the legendary Red Auerbach. There is no shortage of great centers in the NBA today. -- Doolittle, He has a shooting drill named after him. Wes played his college ball as a … Artis was not given the notoriety that he deserved during his career. 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 3.0 BPG, .518 FG%, The player No man had a greater impact on the early NBA than George Mikan. This was his only NBA title during his playing career, but he had made a previous trip to the NBA Finals with the Houston Rockets in 1981. What is most remarkable about him leading the NBA in rebounding is that he did it at a time while Wilt Chamberlain played which is just unfathomable. And that's actually pretty important here. # Over the years there have been some centers who played with great distinction and have left an unforgettable mark on the game. MJ was the only player in that stretch who had a box plus/minus better than Robinson's 8.6. That obviously wasn't up to Russell, though. Ewing never won a NBA Championship but he was apart of a few great Finals series including the 1994 Finals where the Knicks lost in seven games against the Houston Rockets, and Patrick Ewing battled another great center in Hakeem Olajuwon. We have seen great rookies, like the previously mentioned Patrick Ewing, but we have never seen a young talent quite like Elvin Hayes. Wilt Chamberlin Everyone Else, 50.4 PPG 37.1 PPG (Michael Jordan), 27.2 RPG 24.7 RPG (Bil Russell), 8.6 APG 14.5 APG (John Stockton).