Who is the NBA's second-best center?

Shaquille O'Neal is the best center in the NBA. But who's the second-best? Help us decide.

Updated: November 21, 2002, 5:55 PM ET

Here are 10 centers who deserve consideration as the second-best center in the NBA behind Shaquille O'Neal. And before you send us e-mails, Ben Wallace doesn't qualify because he's playing power forward next to Zeljko Rebraca. So ...

Read through the 10 candidates and cast your vote in the poll on the left-hand side of the page.

THE 10 CANDIDATES FOR SECOND-BEST CENTER

Shawn Bradley
Center
Dallas Mavericks
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
11 10.1 8.6 0.5 .615 .795
Shawn Bradley
Bradley's 10-year career has been full of ups and downs. Right now, we're seeing an upswing from the 7-foot-6 Bradley, who worked all offseason to become Dallas' much-needed presence in the middle. Worthy of the Most Improved award, Bradley ranks fifth in blocked shots (2.82).
Elden Campbell
Forward-Center
New Orleans Hornets
Profile
2001-2002 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
77 13.9 6.9 1.3 .484 .797
Elden Campbell
The 7-foot Campbell can do everything a center is supposed to do -- score, rebound and block shots -- and he's done it well for 12 seasons. However, this season, he has yet to take the court because of arthroscopic knee surgery.
Vlade Divac
Center
Sacramento Kings
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
12 11.0 8.2 4.6 .454 .733
Vlade Divac
The flopping against Shaq isn't a strike against Divac. It's just another part of the crafty Divac's game, which includes the flashy passing of a point guard and the feathery touch of a small forward. At 34 (or whatever his age is), Divac is still one of the league's best.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Center
Cleveland Cavaliers
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
11 18.9 9.4 2.5 .365 .787
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
The 7-3 Ilgauskas might be the game's best offensive force in the pivot next to Shaq -- that is, when his injury-prone feet allow him to be. Big Z leads all centers in scoring at 18.9 a game.
Brad Miller
Center
Indiana Pacers
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
10 14.5 8.6 3.6 .453 .855
Brad Miller
The 7-foot Miller annoyed Shaq so much in a game last season that he prompted a roundhouse right from the Diesel and lived to tell about it. Miller isn't just a bruiser, though. He has a nice touch from the outside, too.
Dikembe Mutombo
Center
New Jersey Nets
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
12 7.2 7.2 0.8 .360 .750
Dikembe Mutombo
The only four-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner in NBA history, the 7-2 Mutombo isn't as intimidating as he used to be during his prime finger-wagging days. He's still effective, though, and could be the final piece in the Nets' championship puzzle.
Michael Olowokandi
Center
Los Angeles Clippers
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
12 15.5 10.3 1.5 .488 .667
Michael Olowokandi
No one has more motivation to prove he's the second-best center than the 7-foot Olowokandi, who'll be seeking big bucks in free agency next summer. Kandi Man has driven up his price by averaging a double-double.
Theo Ratliff
Forward-Center
Atlanta Hawks
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
11 8.5 7.9 1.1 .482 .538
Theo Ratliff
After missing most of the past two seasons with an assortment of ailments, the 6-10 Ratliff appears to be back to his old self with a league-leading 3.73 blocks per game.
David Robinson
Center
San Antonio Spurs
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
12 8.8 10.3 1.1 .465 .676
David Robinson
Perhaps the Admiral should re-think his decision to retire after this season. The former MVP hasn't been this active in years, ranking tied for ninth in rebounds at 10.3 a game. Robinson can still shoot it, too.
Kurt Thomas
Forward-Center
New York Knicks
Profile
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
10 16.3 9.1 2.7 .500 .607
Kurt Thomas
With power-forward size, the 6-9 Thomas has proved he can play with the big boys. At one point this season, Thomas was the No. 1 scorer and rebounder among NBA centers.

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