The 25 Greatest Centers in NBA History Malcolm Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

5. Hakeem Olajuwon

Team(s): Rockets, Raptors
Career Stats: 21.8 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.5 APG 1.7 SPG 3.1 BPG
Accomplishments: 12x All-Star, 1x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, 12x All-NBA, 9x All-Defense, 2x Champion, 2x Rebounding Leader, 3x Blocks Leader, Member of the Hall of Fame

At 50 years young, the Dream Shake is most likely still unstoppable as it was when he was in his late twenties. By far Hakeem had the best footwork of any center that has ever picked up a basketball. When Michael retired, it was Olajuwon who took the throne. He outplayed Patrick Ewing in the 1994 Finals and embarrassed a young Shaq in the 1995 Finals. He not only dominated on the offensive end, he also was second to none on the defensive side of the ball. The Dream won two consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards ('93 & '94) to go along with his consecutive Finals MVPs ('94 & '95). Nowadays he coaches low post moves to the game's best.

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