NBA Mock Draft 2016: Centers



Center / 7-0 / Vanderbilt / Junior

Jones is a physical specimen with great size and athleticism. He’s a bit of a late bloomer as he enters his junior season without having completely broken out and performed to his ability. At the Nike Academy, he matched up with Jakob Poeltl and outperformed him in front of numerous scouts. His 7-foot frame and 7-foot-2 wingspan give him ideal center size. He just needs to develop a little more swagger and intensity on the court. Having him this high is certainly going out on a limb, but he has the talent to rise up into the Top 5 if he has the breakout season he’s capable of.

Twitter: @dameology
Comparison: DeAndre Jordan
Salary: $3,563,600*
Center / 7-1 / Utah / Sophomore

While Poeltl disappointed scouts, struggling over the summer at the Nike Academy event, look for him to bounce back quickly with a strong season in the Pac 12. He’s good at finishing plays in the open floor as he’s very fluid and has great feet. He still has a ways to go in polishing his offensive game. But his potential as a two-way player and ability to be a rim protector makes him very intriguing.

Comparison: Bill Wennington
Salary: $2,033,500*
Center / 7-1 / Le Mans (France) / 1997

Jeanne is still a couple years from being NBA ready from a physical standpoint, but has wiry strength and a willingness to play physical that you don’t normally see from skinny young guys. He’s got elite level size and athleticism and is extremely fluid even drawing some comparisons to a young Tyson Chandler. He is eligible to enter and has an aggressive agent but has stated he will wait until 2017 before entering his name. With lottery level talent, he may be too difficult for teams to pass and may receive a mid-first round promise and enter. Stay tuned.

Comparison: Samuel Dalembert
Salary: $1,656,200*
Center / 6-10 / Maryland / Freshman

Stone will get plenty of opportunities to impress scouts playing on a Big Ten squad picked by many as the No. 1 team heading into the season. Stone has a good understanding of the game with nice touch and footwork. He’s not the quickest or most athletic big, but he’s got great size and length with a big frame and the ability to move players around in the paint with his strength. His upside isn’t tremendous, but he shows an advanced all-around game for his age and should be able to be an instant impact freshman.

Comparison: Spencer Hawes
Salary: $1,061,600*
Center / 7-0 / Nevada-Las Vegas / Freshman

Zimmerman stayed home to play at UNLV and should have an instant impact for the Runnin’ Rebels. He’s got a solid offensive repertoire and a body that should allow him to continue to get stronger. He needs to become more aggressive and added strength should allow him to handle contact better. He’s got the touch to continue improving as a scorer, and a solid understanding of post play.

Twitter: @BIGG_ZIMM
Comparison: BJ Mullens
Salary: $1,026,300*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2016-17.

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