NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers


NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers



Center / 7-0 / Gonzaga / Freshman
10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Collins really could use a second year at Gonzaga. He came off the bench backing up Karnowski, to the tune of 10 points and 6 boards in just 17 minutes per game. He is extremely big, coordinated and mobile and has an excellent stroke. His shooting numbers were highly efficient at 65 percent from the floor, 75 percent from the line and 44 percent from three (8-18). While there’s still the chance that he will elect to return to Gonzaga to work on his skillset, word is that he is interested in leaving this year. If so, he will enter the league needing a lot of time, but the promise of being a center that can stretch the floor could be enough to see his name called in the late lottery.

Twitter: @zcollins_33
Comparison: Brook Lopez
Salary: $1,804,600*
Center / 7-1 / Creighton / Freshman
13.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Patton is a red-shirt freshman who had a surprisingly strong season and could parlay that into being a first rounder. While not the smoothest or most explosive athlete, he shows solid mobility and an excellent skillset for his age. He has very good size and played with decent consistency all year. His touch and post game are both at a good level for his age and he should have a chance to develop into a contributor at the NBA level over time.

Comparison: Brendan Haywood
Salary: $1,347,400*

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

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