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View Poll Results: Who is the best defensive center ever?

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  • Bill Russell

    24 30.00%
  • Wilt Chamberlain

    3 3.75%
  • Wes Unseld

    0 0%
  • Nate Thurmond

    0 0%
  • MArk Eaton

    1 1.25%
  • Hakeem

    28 35.00%
  • David Robinson

    2 2.50%
  • Dikembe Mutumbo

    10 12.50%
  • Alonzo Mourning

    2 2.50%
  • Ben Wallace

    7 8.75%
  • Dwight Howard

    0 0%
  • Other, of course, you didn't include Shaq and KAJ!

    3 3.75%
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    Who is the greatest defensive center of all time?

    Who do you think the greatest defensive center of all time is? We are talking strictly defense here, so the offensive game doesn't come into play.

    I put a pole up, but there are only eleven guys. I've included an 'other' option for guys I didn't included (which is obviously a lot).

    Bill Russell
    Wilt Chamberlain
    Nate Thurmond
    Wes Unseld
    Hakeem Olajuwon
    David Robinson
    Mark Eaton
    Alonzo Mourning
    Dikembe Mutmbo
    Ben Wallace
    Dwight Howard
    Last edited by JasonJohnHorn; 06-26-2014 at 09:46 AM.
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    Homer pick Ben Wallace

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    Russel, Morning, Wallace

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    Unseld does not belong on this list. The guy was a 6'7" center who I don't believe ever made an all-defensive team in his entire career. I'd much rather have seen Kareem on this list than him.

    As for the other 10 guys, you can make a case for a lot of players. If we're talking defensive dominance within their own respective eras, I'd go with Russell. But if we're talking defense across any generation I'm taking Hakeem. There are other guys who might have played better one-on-one individual post defense like Thurmond or Deke, but Hakeem's athleticism allowed him to play elite help defense and defend opposing 4s at times. He also deserves so much credit for his ability to shut down other elite centers in the playoffs. His dominance of Ewing in the 94 Finals and Robinson in the 94 WCF is the stuff of legends.

    Obviously this is a bit of a homer pick, I'll admit. But I think you could make a strong case for 6-8 guys on this list if you tried hard enough. There have been so many great defensive big men in the NBA's history, and there are so many different parameters for judging defenders.
    Last edited by mightybosstone; 06-26-2014 at 10:48 AM. Reason: Typo


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    If we're basing this solely on defense, my vote's for Dikembe with Olajuwon a close second.

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    Hakeem.

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    Tyson Chandler
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cromedome View Post
    Tyson Chandler
    You can't be serious. Chandler isn't even the best defensive big man in the NBA right now, much less of all-time. He's a solid defensive anchor, but he doesn't offer nearly the versatility, the stout post defense, the shot blocking or the athleticism of other guys on this list. I don't think I'd even put the guy in my top 10-15 defensive centers of all-time. So what's your justification?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mightybosstone View Post
    . So what's your justification?
    The op asked a question and I gave an answer. That's my justification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cromedome View Post
    The op asked a question and I gave an answer. That's my justification.
    Well, it's a terrible answer. And what the hell is the point of posting on an Internet sports forum if you'r not going to discuss sports?


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    The best defenders tend to be guys who aren't all that elite at defending their position but defending the other 4 guys on the court.

    Dream-Russell are the first 2 the rest are fighting for 3rd place.

    "It’s absolutely ludicrous” (to judge players based on whether they’ve won a title.)

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    I picked Mutumbo
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    Russell, Wilt, Thurmond and then Hakeem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InRoseWeTrust:28680047
    Hakeem.
    Diddo!


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    ...For me a large part of it is that they were rivals. LeBron vs Wade was a great rivalry and for them to team up just doesn't sit right with me. It would've been cool if LeBron had gone to the Bulls.....
    and Bosh to the Heat to join Wade. That would've been awesome... I would've respected LeBron way more if he went there.
    Why have great rivals when you can join them and have none.... Lebron James where losing the spirit of competition happens!

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    Torn between Hakeem and Dikembe, but ended up going with Hakeem.
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