NBA Draft 2015: Centers


Center / 7-0 / Kentucky / Freshman
10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg

The Timberwolves are not making it public but appear to have decided on their guy, the player we projected going first going into the college season. Towns has the ability to play on both ends, not to mention he fills a need for Minnesota. Despite Flip Saunders being a huge fan of Okafor, his superior mobility, defense and overall potential make him the choice.

Twitter: @KarlTowns
Comparison: Andrew Bogut
Salary: $4,753,000*
Center / 6-11 / Duke / Freshman
17.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 apg

Okafor has become the highly probable choice at 2, and while the league has certainly shifted, becoming more lead guard dominated, bigs retain a lot of value just because of the scarcity of high-level ones. The emergence of Jordan Clarkson as one of the top rookies and the team’s potential PG of the future probably makes this pick easier. Okafor and Towns both have Top 3-5 center in the league potential.

Twitter: @JahlilOkafor
Comparison: Brook Lopez
Salary: $4,252,600*
Center / 7-0 / Kentucky / Junior
8.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 apg

After moving Enes Kanter mid-season last year, the team is said to be looking for depth in the frontcourt. Myles Turner is a better pairing along with Rudy Gobert as he’s not so similar, however Cauley-Stein is well liked and it would be a surprise if he were available here. Utah has been said to be a team willing to move out of this pick if the right offer was presented to them.

Comparison: Chris Andersen
Salary: $1,866,500*
Center / 7-0 / Wisconsin / Senior
18.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.6 apg

Frank the Tank is well liked in the organization and after the surprising retirement of Larry Sanders, they are in need of a center. Kaminsky is a local guy so the team is obviously familiar and comfortable with him. They already have a lot of talent on the team so taking a player viewed as low risk, low upside at a position of need fits. Milwaukee is a team on the rise and Kaminsky should be able to contribute faster than some of the other options available.

Twitter: @FSKPart3
Comparison: Kelly Olynyk
Salary: $1,600,200*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2015-16.

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