This is our list for the top centers in Laker history. Many great centers have played for the Lakers in their careers, and the majority of those centers are either hall-of-famers or future hall-of-famers. The Lakers had dominating big men starting in the Minneapolis era, and to this day, the Lakers have extremely talented big men. They say a championship team has to have a big men in the paint, well maybe that’s why there are 16 championship banners in Staples Center.
Honorable Mention: Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 NBA Draft and spent seven years wearing the purple and gold. During his time with the Lakers, Divac averaged 12.4 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Divac was a solid center at the time, and the Lakers were a fairly good team when he was on the roster. Unfortunately, Divac’s career ended when he was traded to then Charlotte Hornets. He would spend time in Charlotte and Sacramento before coming to the Lakers again in 2004-2005.
If Divac had stayed on the Lakers, he would have been very successful and would have helped the Lakers win many titles. Wait…if Divac stayed on the Lakers, then Kobe would have remained with the Hornets. Looking back on Divac’s career, I am very happy the Lakers traded him for Kobe Bryant.
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