A position in basketball usually reserved for the tallest player on the team. The center is also known as the "five" or the "pivot".
Because of his size, the center often positions himself near the basket or in the low post. On a zone defense, the center usually stands in the middle or below the basket. The center is typically chosen to take jump balls. Some of the greatest centers in the NBA include Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O'Neal.