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Who is the NBA's second-best center?

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.


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.