NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers


NBA Mock Draft 2017: Centers



Center / 7-0 / Gonzaga / Freshman
10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Collins is the player that offers a great deal of upside at the Mavs’ pick. Lauri Markkanen is an intriguing prospect as the team could attempt to mold him into another Dirk, with Dirk’s tutelage. However, Collins shows more strength to carry weight and eventually impact both ends of the floor.

Twitter: @zcollins_33
Comparison: Brad Daugherty
Salary: $2,332,100*
Center / 6-10 / Texas / Freshman
13.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg

Charlotte has a solid big man in Frank Kaminsky, but adding a more defensive oriented athlete in Allen to pair with Frank could be more appealing than a power forward that duplicates his face-up game. Allen is still a few years away, but shows upside as a defender and athlete.

Comparison: Lorenzen Wright
Salary: $2,104,700*
Center / 7-1 / Creighton / Freshman
12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg

The Bucks are in solid shape in the backcourt and overall talent and would like to add a big man to compliment their nucleus of Greek Freak and Jabari Parker. They have handed the keys over to Giannis as their quarterback, so a young, skilled big would seem to fit the bill. GM John Hammond has had an outstanding recent track record, and seems to target length with his picks.

Comparison: Brendan Haywood
Salary: $1,547,100*
Center / 7-0 / North Carolina State / Freshman
5.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg

The Spurs always seem to be two steps ahead of everyone with their draft strategy. If a player that has no business falling to them does (DeJounte Murray, Kyle Anderson, etcetera) they jump all over them, and if no American players with value are available, they generally find value going International with a player they can stash and put into the right situation in Europe to facilitate their development. Yurtseven has a good deal of upside left to develop and at 29 there isn’t a lot of risk.

Comparison: Raef LaFrentz
Salary: $1,017,800*

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

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