By Daron Grandberry on August 31, 2014
Los Angeles Lakers fans have had the luxury of cheering for some of the NBA's greatest post players. From Mikan to O'Neal, the Lakers have dominated in the post for decades with talented Hall-of-Fame centers. Here are the top five centers in franchise history.
Although bad knees and a bad attitude are to blame for his separation from the Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bynum was an important anchor in the middle for the Lakers during their back-to-back championships. During his seven seasons in Los Angeles, Bynum averaged 11.7 PPG. 7.8 RPG and 1.6 BPG. Bynum was named to one All-Star game during the 2011-12 season when he averaged a career-high 18.7 PPG and 11.8 RPG.
Wilt Chamberlain was one of the NBA's greatest players and a pioneer at the center position. After an historic 10 seasons in Philadelphia and San Francisco, Chamberlain was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he won his second NBA championship during the 1971-72 season. During his five seasons with the Lakers. Chamberlain averaged 17.7 PPG, 19.2 RPG and 4.3 APG. One of the NBA's most dominating players, Chamberlain was a 13-time All-Star.
Like Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the NBA's most dominating centers. During his eight seasons in Los Angeles, O'Neal led the Lakers to three NBA championships using his rare combination of size and talent in the post. While in Los Angeles, O'Neal averaged 27.0 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 3.1 APG and 2.5 BPG and was a three-time Finals MVP. O'Neal was named to 15 NBA All-Star games and eight All-NBA First Teams.
One of the NBA's original centers, George Mikan was the cornerstone of the Minneapolis Lakers franchise that won five championships from 1949-54 and won three consecutive from 1952-54. During his six seasons in the NBA, Mikan averaged 22.3 PPG, 13.4 RPG and 2.8 APG while being named to four NBA All-Star games.
With his unstoppable skyhook and ability to score anywhere around the basket, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest players in NBA history. The NBA's all-time scoring leader spent 14 seasons in Los Angeles helping the Lakers win five NBA titles. The six-time NBA MVP averaged 22.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.6 APG and 2.6 BPG as a Laker and is fourth all-time in the NBA in rebounds. Abdul-Jabbar was a 19-time All-Star and two-time Finals MVP.
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