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. 4 Cavaliers: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
    DeAndre Ayton could be one of the first two picks of the 2018 NBA Draft, so the value is excellent, which may be said a lot in this draft as there are at least a half-dozen elite, All-Star prospects. Ayton is the best pure center in the 2018 NBA Draft and like Bagley Jr. is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. Ayton is also a very strong shot-blocker and can shoot; his true value is in his offensive potential. The Cavaliers do not have anything resembling a franchise center, and Ayton would give a young piece to add to their championship-caliber roster or be the centerpiece of a different one if LeBron James walks, which I really doubt.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 7 76ers: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
    This pick was the Lakers', who it owe to the Celtics if it's No. 2-5 and to Philadelphia if No. 1 or No. 6-30, and it's looking like it will be a coin flip which franchise will get it. Bamba is probably the best defensive talent in the 2018 NBA Draft and another steal. He is one of the nation's best shot-blockers and rebounders, plus he can actually shoot a little. Bamba has to develop on the court and physically, and although I know the 76ers have Joel Embiid, they need a second center for Joel Embiid insurance. Additionally as Philadelphia does not have many needs, the team should take the best prospect, which is the Longhorn.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 20 Bucks: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
    This is the first time I have had Brandon McCoy in my mock, but he is going to stay. A legit 7-footer - actually 7-foot-1 -, he is an excellent and efficient scorer, although he isn't a shooter. McCoy is still one of the strongest rebounders in the country. Add monster shot-blocking numbers and you have the big man the Bucks need. They are desperate for a starting center, and McCoy is a nice fit for them.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 29 Hawks: Nick Richards, C, Kentucky
    The Hawks need a franchise center, and Nick Richards could be one. He is starting for Kentucky and is a big-time shot-blocker and rebounder with true center size. Richards isn't much of an offensive talent today, but he would be a nice investment for this franchise, which has three first-round picks.




Mike's 2016 NBA Mock Draft


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