NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers


Center / 6-10 / Texas / Freshman

Allen is a long-term play. He’s a smart kid with a very long frame who can get out and run the floor well. His overall game is still raw but shows a lot of potential. He’s unlikely to have a huge freshman season, but the talent is there for him to be a starting NBA center down the line. UK’s Bam Adebayo came into college as the higher rated prospect, but Allen seems to have considerably more upside left to develop and could leapfrog him before the end of the season.

Comparison: Cole Aldrich
Salary: $1,714,200*
Center / 7-1 / Le Mans Sarthe (France) / 1997

Jeanne will look to add consistency and production playing for his French team Le Mans. He’s a specimen with great length and fluidity who remains very raw in terms of skills. He shows shot blocking ability and can become a force on the boards if he gets stronger and tougher. His ability to move and run the floor makes him intriguing and he’ll likely get first round looks if he enters, based on his upside.

Comparison: Clint Capela
Salary: $1,098,700*
Center / 6-10 / Arkansas / Senior

While not exactly an upside pick, Kingsley has a blue collar work ethic and it has equated to a steady development curve. While his fundamentals aren’t perfect, he beats opponents with his desire. Sort of a poor man’s Festus Ezeli, Kingsley doesn’t have the height or weight, but his length is very good. He crashes the glass hard and has steadily developed more confidence in his shooting. Look for him to surprise this year and possibly get late first round consideration.

Twitter: @KingMoses_
Comparison: Joel Anthony
Salary: $1,010,500*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2017-18.

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