The 25 Greatest Centers in NBA History USA TODAY Sports

20. Alonzo Mourning

Team(s): Hornets, Nets, Heat
Career Stats: 17.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 1.1 APG 2.8 BPG
Accomplishments: 7x All-Star, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, 2x All-NBA, 2x All-Defense, 1x Champion, 2x Blocks Leader

'Zo was one of the best defenders at the center position. If it weren't for his kidney problems, who knows what he would've accomplished. Coming from a lineage of Georgetown centers, Mourning made an immediate impact for the Charlotte Hornets after they drafted him No. 2 overall behind Shaq in 1992. During his rookie campaign, Alonzo averaged 21 points, 10 boards, and 3.5 blocks. He then hit the game winner that won their first playoff series versus an old and embattled Celtics team in the first round of the 1993 playoffs.

After beefing with Charlotte's other star, Larry Johnson, Mourning took his talents to South Beach and turned the Heat into perennial contenders. After a kidney transplant and a short stint with the New Jersey Nets, Alonzo returned to Miami and played a major role of the bench to help them win the 2006 championship versus the Dallas Mavericks.

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