The 25 Greatest Centers in NBA History Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports

21. Dikembe Mutombo

Team(s): Nuggets, Hawks, Sixers, Nets, Knicks, Rockets
Career Stats: 9.8 PPG 10.3 RPG 1.0 APG 2.8 BPG
Accomplishments: 8x All-Star, 4x Defensive Player of the Year, 3x All-NBA, 6x All-Defense, 2x Rebounding Leader, 3x Blocks Leader

Like Alonzo and Patrick, Dikembe came up under the tutelage of John Thompson at Georgetown. Thompson turned Mutombo's raw talent into one of the greatest shot blockers in history. Dikembe was blocking shots well into the end of his career. He won four Defensive Player of the Year awards and made the Denver Nuggets relevant again. Mainly by helping them become the first eighth-seed to beat a first-seed in NBA history. That feat occurred in 1994 when the Nuggets knocked off the best team in the L in the 63-19 Sonics in five games. People still use Mutombo's finger wag after they send a shot into the stands. His offensive game was nothing to write home about, but it didn't matter because he rebounded with the best of them and was often the best defender in the game.

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