Los Angeles Lakers: Top 3 centers of the 2010s

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) /
1 of 4
Los Angeles Lakers
(Photo by Evan Gole/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The 2010s have been very up-and-down for the Los Angeles Lakers. We take a look at the top 3 centers of the 2010s era.

The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t enjoyed much success over the last six seasons. They have missed the playoffs in all six years and are only averaging 27 wins over that stretch. The last time they made the playoffs was in the 2012-13 season when Kobe Bryant willed them in and then suffered a torn Achilles tendon against the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers‘ last championship was in 2010, but since it was the 2009-10 season it is considered to be in the 2000’s decade. So we take a look at the list starting with the 2010-11 season. Although there have been some struggles, the Lakers have had some good centers that have worn the purple and gold.

It’s far from the Shaquille O’Neal days, but let’s face it, there aren’t many people mirroring O’Neal in the first place. This list consists of three different types of centers that all played different games in their own ways.

Each player played for the Lakers through some good times and each played in some dismal seasons. So we got to see how they fared through each of those and how they handled success compared to adversity. Some thrive in both settings, others don’t, some get second chances and some don’t.

As we go through this list it’s important to note that Pau Gasol was considered more of a power forward then a natural center so he was not included on the list. So without further ado, let’s get started as we take a ride through the 2010s with the top three centers.