2016 NBA Draft Positional Report
Center Mock Selections



This new tool condenses 2016 NBA Mock Draft content from around WalterFootball.com. Below are all the 2016 NBA Mock Draft selections for the center position from Paul Banks' and David Kay's 2016 NBA Mock Draft and a summary from the WalterFootball.com 2016 Mock NBA Draft Builder.




Dave's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 9 Raptors: Henry Ellenson, PF/C, Marquette
    Outside of Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors don't have a whole lot of depth or talent inside. Ellenson's multi-dimensional offensive attack would add some diversity and needed depth to the Raptors' frontcourt.

    Toronto owns the Nuggets' pick (via New York) from the Andrea Bargnani trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 10 Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
    With O.J. Mayo, Jarryd Bayless and Grevis Vazquez are all heading for free agency, guard play should be a priority for the Bucks this summer. I have had Denzel Valentine being the pick here for a while, but he is a bit of a reach at this point with so many post players available. Poeltl is a skilled big man, but also brings good size and physicality inside to provide some frontcourt depth in Milwaukee.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 18 Pistons: Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas
    Diallo struggled to find steady minutes at Kansas, but plays with terrific energy, attacking the glass and using his athleticism to his advantage on both ends. He is a project big man, but the Pistons could use some depth inside.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 19 Nuggets: Thon Maker, C, Australia
    The Nuggets can roll the dice with their third pick of the first round. Making his biggest presence on the defensive end, Maker is still a work in progress offensively and a high-risk/reward pick.

    Denver owns the Trail Blazers' first-round pick from the Arron Afflalo trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 20 Pacers: Ante Zizic, C, Cibona
    Zizic brings a solid combination of efficiency on the block and rebounding to the floor. He is likely to come to the NBA right away, which would be helpful for the Pacers, who have a couple of free agent big men this offseason and could use some depth as well as better talent inside.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 21 Hawks: Ivica Zubac, C, Cibona
    With Al Horford likely heading for free agency, the Hawks could use depth inside. Zubac has great size and a developing skill set to match.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 7 Rockets: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
    Stone is a skilled big man on the offensive end, but he needs to become more aggressive on the glass.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 9 Pelicans: Stephen Zimmerman, C, UNLV
    Zimmerman is a skilled 7-footer, though he needs to become more physical.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 14 Hawks: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville
    A shot-blocking, rebounding presence, Onuaku is still developing his offensive game.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 15 Celtics: Zhou Qi, C, China
    Qi's size alone is intriguing, but he is also skilled for a big man. Qi is rail thin though, which is a concern for his potential transition to the NBA.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 18 Bulls: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue
    Consistent effort has been a concern, but Hammons has the size and good skill on the block, yet can also step out on the perimeter and knock down jumpers.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 23 Nuggets: Georgios Papagiannis, C, Panathinaikos
    Papagiannis' size alone is attractive for the next level, but the Greek big man is a project.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 29 Kings: Joel Bolomboy, PF/C, Weber State
    Finishing third in the nation in rebounding this past season, Bolomboy also boasts a solid inside/outside game.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 30 Jazz: Zach Auguste, PF/C, Notre Dame
    After a breakout junior season, Auguste developed into a second-round prospect due to his size and skill.




Daves's 2016 NBA Mock Draft

Mike's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 1 Timberwolves: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
    Yes, Gorgui Dieng is a nice young center, but Okafor to me is the best prospect of this and the previous two drafts. Okafor will be an elite NBA franchise player and could team with Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio to give Minnesota a ridiculously talented Big Three. The organization would also have the No. 1 pick in three straight drafts, which is incredible. The Timberwolves already have the best young talent in the NBA, but with Okafor, they would be a title contender in two to three seasons.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 6 Celtics: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
    Cauley-Stein would give the Celtics a franchise center who is an efficient scorer and an excellent rebounder and defender. They have an excellent young roster, but they lack a star talent at center, so he is a perfect fit for Boston.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 9 Pacers: Myles Turner, C, Texas
    Roy Hibbert has a player option in the offseason, but assuming he stays a Pacer, Turner would be an excellent fit with him the frontcourt. Turner is an excellent offensive big man, who can shoot threes, and is an elite rebounder and shot-blocker. He is a 7-footer and a strong athlete, who can play power forward or center in the NBA.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 22 Lakers: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
    The Lakers would get a potential franchise center with this pick. There are so many talented big men in the 2015 NBA Draft that Poeltl could be there in the 20s for the Lakers. He is an athletic 7-footer who is a ridiculously efficient scorer, an elite rebounder and shot-blocker. Poeltl is only 19, so he can still get bigger and stronger. Pairing him with Julius Randle would make one excellent young big man duo for the Lakers.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 27 Mavericks: Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
    Tyson Chandler is a free agent in the offseason, but is in his 30s. Dallas also traded Brandon Wright, so the team could use a center. Johnson, like Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles isn't getting the playing time a player of his talents should, but Johnson is a strong scorer, shot-blocker and rebounder. He is also one big man at 7-feet and 255 pounds.




Mike's 2016 NBA Mock Draft


5 Most Commonly Picked Players
Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, Soph.
Appears on 175 mock drafts

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I believe that the Bucks should trade back, accumulate more assets, and draft Wade Baldwin later in the first - he just fits what the Bucks look for and need too well. However, if they stay here, I think that Poetl should be the target. They should take a long and hard look at Skal, but Poetl's production and higher floor makes him the selection here. Poetl doesn't have star potential, but is well-rounded and should be a solid starter in the NBA. To maximize his potential, Jakob needs to learn to play tougher when he gets to the NBA, especially because he's strictly a 5.
 
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Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, Fr.
Appears on 175 mock drafts

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Toronto needs a power forward who can score and preferably space the floor a bit. Ellenson fits the bill, but his 3 point shooting percentage at Marquette was very disappointing (below 30%). I believe that playing alongside an outstanding point guard like Kyle Lowry would help Ellenson's efficiency considerably. His lack of elite athleticism and defensive struggles have lowered his stock a bit lately, but I think his offensive game fits what Toronto needs them most: frontcourt scoring. Deyonta Davis and Skal are interesting picks that I could see at this venture, especially considering Ujiri's audacity when drafting. With that said, Ellenson has the most polished offensive game and best scoring track record of the three.
 
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Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas, Fr.
Appears on 151 mock drafts

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Toronto acquires an athletic energizer to replace Bismack Biyombo at this point. Some mocks have Diallo going higher than 27, so, in addition to providing depth and upside, this pick also offers good value. Although Diallo is still very raw, his work ethic and character should serve him well as he develops his overall game in Toronto. His shot blocking, rebounding, and overall energy should make him a useful reserve during his first year in Toronto.
 
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Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt, Jr.
Appears on 127 mock drafts

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The Celtics need a true rim protector and should address this need at some point during the draft. Damian Jones underwhelmed me for the most part as a collegiate player. After reviewing some game tape of his, I've come to the conclusion that he is the softest big man in this class. His athleticism and size would suggest otherwise, but I believe he busts. However, the Celtics have the ability to take a risk like Jones and hope he can develop into the basketball player his physical profile suggests.
 
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Diamond Stone, C, Maryland, Fr.
Appears on 122 mock drafts

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They didn't really get better. And it's going to take some time. The Magic to me are a cautionary tale of what the 76ers don't want to be. Sure beginning of the season...what nice young players you have is what they said...but they know ...the feel it...falling into mediocrity. Well here they are ...now what... My answer is Stone...they perhaps think they can move Vucevic to PF...and they just need a true 'C' which is a dated concept but they just trades away a solid stretch 4...so fits the bill.
 
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