On Wednesday, Patrick Ewing turned 53. The Jamaican transplant made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012 after 17 seasons at center in the NBA. He has acted as an assistant coach almost since his retirement and hopefully he gets a top spot sometime soon; he certainly deserves ones.
On Thursday, David Robinson turns 50. “The Admiral” played 14 NBA seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Both Hall-of-Famers and original Dream Teamers came into their own in the 1990s, a time when the five-spot was where the fireworks were happening. In a weird twist, during a decade when Michael Jordan’s Bulls claimed six NBA titles without a dominant center, it was actually a bit of a heyday for the big man down on the block, highlighted by the two birthday boys this week.
Since Gilbert Arenas got us thinking about different decades in the NBA, we thought it might be fun to rank the top five centers during that 10-year stretch preceding the new millennium. The 1990s were Michael Jordan’s decade, but the bruisers on the block came into their own, specifically these five players…
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dikembe Mutombo, Rik Smits, Vlade Divac, Brad Daugherty.