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Chronz
10-12-2012, 01:36 PM
Simple question but one I feel will be determined by age bracket. Still this is one I will likely agree on.


You can define era by 10 year spans, 5 year spans, or even a single season. When did the NBA have the best center wars?

dh144498
10-12-2012, 02:38 PM
90's.

P Harvy
10-12-2012, 02:42 PM
The 20s.

yaswaggin
10-12-2012, 02:44 PM
In about 10 years you'll have a center who is a Dwight Howard/mcgee athlete with the shooting touch of dirk/love

And many poor versions of this center

Hellcrooner
10-12-2012, 02:52 PM
Well.... if we are talking the PEAK rivalry the 60s with Wilt and Russell ( and to a a degree Thurmond and Reed).



If we are talking overall talent(centers and Pf that played some center too) id pick the 80-90 span.
Kareem, Robinson, Sampson,J B Carroll, Hakeem , Tarpley, Donaldson, Duckworth, Walton, Eaton,Issell, Sikma, D Dawkins, Ewing , Cartwright, Parish, Moses Malone, Lambieer, Mahorn, Edwards, Nance, Daugherty, Cowens, Smits, Lanier, Ruland, Unseld, Kevin Willis, Lister, Rassmussen, Manute Bol.............

Im_in_Mia_bish
10-12-2012, 03:01 PM
mutombo, ewing, shaq, robinson, hakeem, alonzo.

Def the 90s imo.

but i wasnt alive to witness any other era, so my view on this is very limited lol

HandPuppet
10-12-2012, 03:09 PM
Any era with Ahole "2013 MVP" Bynum in it

HandPuppet
10-12-2012, 03:10 PM
And then after that the 90s

Heediot
10-12-2012, 03:15 PM
mid 90's.

Shaq, Hakeem, Admiral, Ewing, Zo, Mutombo, Daughtery (injuries derailed him), Sabonis (played in Euro and injuries derailed him, could have been a legend), Rik Smits, Vlade Divac. 7'7 Muresan for a year or two lol.

IKnowHoops
10-12-2012, 03:16 PM
mutombo, ewing, shaq, robinson, hakeem, alonzo.

Def the 90s imo.

but i wasnt alive to witness any other era, so my view on this is very limited lol

I'll take Shaq, Robinson, Hakeem, and Ewing over any four centers that played at one time. They had at least 4 years where they were all pretty close to there prime years and playing against each other.

Hitman21
10-12-2012, 03:30 PM
I'll take Shaq, Robinson, Hakeem, and Ewing over any four centers that played at one time. They had at least 4 years where they were all pretty close to there prime years and playing against each other.

100% agreed. We may never again see 4 centers as dominant as them all playing at the same time.

abe_froman
10-12-2012, 03:34 PM
90's

JasonJohnHorn
10-12-2012, 05:49 PM
I'd say from 85-95
Hakeem
Kareem
Robinson
Shaq
Moses
Ewing
Mourning
Mutumbo

Then you also had guys like
Laimbeer
Kevin Willis
Daughtery
Cage
OP
Parish
McHale
Artis Gilmore
Duckworth
Tarpley (he'd be up there if he'd kept his nose clean)
Sam Perkins
Divac
Rick Smits
Campbell
Ron Sikley
PJ Brown (though he had't reach his potential yet and was more of a forward)
Jack Sikma
Buck Williams
Rampson (when healthy)
Bowie (when healthy)

I mean, you even take a guy like Benoit Benjamin and throw him into today's game, with the number's he got, they'd give him a max contract today. Larry Smith would get paid a fortune today!


And I mean, i'm leaving guys off this list.

Raph12
10-12-2012, 06:20 PM
I'd say from 85-95
Hakeem
Kareem
Robinson
Shaq
Moses
Ewing
Mourning
Mutumbo

Then you also had guys like
Laimbeer
Kevin Willis
Daughtery
Cage
OP
Parish
McHale
Artis Gilmore
Duckworth
Tarpley (he'd be up there if he'd kept his nose clean)
Sam Perkins
Divac
Rick Smits
Campbell
Ron Sikley
PJ Brown (though he had't reach his potential yet and was more of a forward)
Jack Sikma
Buck Williams
Rampson (when healthy)
Bowie (when healthy)

I mean, you even take a guy like Benoit Benjamin and throw him into today's game, with the number's he got, they'd give him a max contract today. Larry Smith would get paid a fortune today!


And I mean, i'm leaving guys off this list.

Sounds about right...

bagwell368
10-12-2012, 08:33 PM
yeah mid 80's thru mid 90's

pacersfan1967
10-12-2012, 08:50 PM
[QUOTE=JasonJohnHorn;23925049]I'd say from 85-95
Hakeem
Kareem
Robinson
Shaq
Moses
Ewing
Mourning
Mutumbo

Then you also had guys like
Laimbeer
Kevin Willis
Daughtery
Cage
OP
Parish
McHale
Artis Gilmore
Duckworth
Tarpley (he'd be up there if he'd kept his nose clean)
Sam Perkins
Divac
Rick Smits
Campbell
Ron Sikley
PJ Brown (though he had't reach his potential yet and was more of a forward)
Jack Sikma
Buck Williams
Rampson (when healthy)
Bowie (when healthy)

I mean, you even take a guy like Benoit Benjamin and throw him into today's game, with the number's he got, they'd give him a max contract today. Larry Smith would get paid a fortune today!


And I mean, i'm leaving guys off this list.[/QUO My top 5 center 5 ewing .4 robinson 3 hakeem 2 shaq 1 kareem...patric ewing got to the finals never won it though..

JasonJohnHorn
10-12-2012, 11:39 PM
There's certainly a case for 65-75 as well;
Wilt
Russell
Kareem
Reed
Thurmond
Elvin Hayes
Unsled
Lanier
Artis Gilmore
Cowens
Spencer Haywood
Kermit Washington
Swen Nater
Bill Walton
Paul Silas
Truck Robinson
Billy Cunningham
Bob Rule (who had a few great season in Seatle, then dropped off the map)
Neal Walk (who had a few great season in Phoenix, then dropped off the map)
Sam Lacey
Walt Bellamy
Jerry Lucas
Ray Scott
Bill Bridges
That era has a lot of guys like Bob Rule and Neal Walk who had like 5 or 6 amazing seasons and then just dropped of the face of the earth. Like Clyde Lee

Jint.
10-12-2012, 11:48 PM
the Hakeem, David Robinson & Ewing era

JordansBulls
10-13-2012, 12:22 AM
90's

Laker Legend42
10-13-2012, 08:04 AM
It has to be the 80's most teams had an above average center.
Kareem
Sampson
Laimbeer(whatever)
Parish
Gilmore
Dawkins
M. Malone
M. Eaton
Lanier
Hakeem
Just to name a few