NBA Mock Draft 2016: Centers



Center / 7-1 / Utah / Sophomore
17.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg

Poeltl has been the most impressive center prospect this season. He struggled to some degree over the summer at the Nike Academy event, but has shown excellent improvement in his post skills. He’s added an effective up-and-under move and really commands the ball in the half court, when isolating against his man. 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: Andrew Bogut
Salary: $2,675,700*
Center / 7-0 / Vanderbilt / Junior
13.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg

Jones has elite level run-jump athleticism and intriguing potential as a shooter. His biggest obstacle has been his lack of consistency and focus. He seems to disappear for stretches of games, apparently forgetting that he’s the most talented kid on the court and it’s his duty to kick everyone’s butt. He’s got a great attitude off the floor and is certainly coachable, he just may be a kid that requires constant motivational support to maximize his abilities. On talent, he’s a Top 10 prospect, but there’s a good chance his happy-go-lucky nature and lack of intensity may scare some teams.

Twitter: @dameology
Comparison: Steven Adams
Salary: $1,835,200*
Center / 7-0 / Nevada-Las Vegas / Freshman
9.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg

Zimmerman has had an up-and-down, inconsistent freshman season at UNLV, but remains high on scouts’ lists due to his size, soft touch and ability to rebound. In limited minutes, his rebounding and shot blocking have been very productive. He has a good understanding of the game and should be able to put weight on and become stronger and more effective in the post.

Twitter: @BIGG_ZIMM
Comparison: Kosta Koufos
Salary: $1,494,800*
Center / 6-10 / Maryland / Freshman
13.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Stone isn’t the most explosive athlete but combines great length with a sturdy frame and solid body control. He has been one of the nation’s most productive freshmen and playing on a tTp 5 team has given him a good deal of exposure. His 39-point, 12-rebound outburst to help Maryland pull out their win against Penn State showed the type of explosive scoring ability he possesses.

Comparison: Kendrick Perkins
Salary: $1,301,900*

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

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