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. 10 Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
    With O.J. Mayo, Jarryd Bayless and Grevis Vazquez all heading for free agency, guard play should be a priority for the Bucks this summer. I 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. 13 Suns: Henry Ellenson, PF/C, Marquette
    Even though I have the Suns taking Chriss at No. 4, they have such a huge hole at power forward that they could use someone like Ellenson, whose multi-dimensional offensive attack would add some diversity and needed depth to the frontcourt.

    Phoenix owns the Wizards' first-round pick from the Markieff Morris trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 19 Nuggets: 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 Nuggets could roll the dice with their third first-round 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. 21 Hawks: Ante Zizic, C, Croatia
    Since I have the Hawks addressing their need for guard depth at No. 12, they turn to a big man here since Al Horford is a free agent. Zizic brings a solid combination of efficiency on the block and rebounding to the floor. He also is likely to come to the NBA right away, which would be helpful for the Hawks.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 23 Celtics: Ivica Zubac, C, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    The Celtics can roll the dice with their third pick of the first round. Zubac has great size and a developing skill set to match, though he likely isn't ready to contribute right away.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 28 Suns: Thon Maker, C, Australia
    Making his biggest presence on the defensive end, Maker is still a work in progress offensively and a high risk/reward pick. He would be worth the gamble for the Suns with their third first-round pick.

    Phoenix owns the Cavaliers' first-round pick (via Boston) from the Brandan Wright trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.


  • Rd. 2, Pk. 2 Lakers: 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. 7 Rockets: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville
    A shot-blocking, rebounding presence, Onuaku is still developing his offensive game.


  • 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. 15 Celtics: Georgios Papagiannis, C, Greece
    Papagiannis' size alone is attractive for the next level, but the Greek big man is a project.


  • Rd. 2, Pk. 19 Pistons: 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: 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. 28 Celtics: 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.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 11 Magic: Henry Ellenson, PF/C, Marquette.
    I think that Ellenson is one of the five best players in this draft, so this would be an excellent choice at No. 11. The Magic could use an offensive big man who can shoot, and Ellenson is a nice fit with their best player, center Nikola Vucevic. They have few needs, but power forward is their weakest position, so this works well for them.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 17 Grizzlies: Damontas Sabonis, PF/C, Gonzaga
    Sabonis is one of the best rebounders and scorers in the 2016 NBA Draft, is skilled and physical, and would fit the Grizzlies' style perfectly. He could also replace Zach Randolph when he is free agent, still giving Memphis an excellent big man to pair with Marc Gasol, the team's best player.



Daves's 2016 NBA Mock Draft

Mike's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 13 Suns: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah.
    The Suns have Alex Len and Tyson Chandler, but Len has just one season left on his rookie contract and the team is very likely to trade Chandler, so taking Jakob Poeltl would be smart, more so as he is easily the best prospect available - I have him ranked seventh. He is an excellent scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker who was one of the best players in the country this season. I just cannot find a fit for him in the No. 7-12 range.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 16 Celtics: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
    The one thing the Celtics lack after a superstar is a franchise center, and with so few centers in this draft, if they like one, they need to pick him. Stone is a stud offensive big man with elite scoring talent who can become that player for Boston.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 23 Celtics: Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas
    Diallo is a lottery talent to me, but he wasn't given a chance at Kansas. Diallo reminds me a lot of Bismack Biyombo and could become an elite defensive player, although offense isn't really in Diallo's game. I think a number of teams will be sorry they didn't pick him.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 29 Spurs: Thon Maker, C, Australia
    When it comes to talent, Maker is a lottery prospect, he just needs time, and the Spurs would be wise to draft a project with elite potential. Maker is a 7-foot teenager who is ridiculously thin, but he plays hard and can shoot, score, rebound and block shots. Again, Maker is a project though, and it may take years for him to be a viable role player, but the Spurs wouldn't need him next season, so it's a perfect fit for them.


  • Rd. 1, Pk. 30 Warriors: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt
    Jones is who he is, a solid true center who is an efficient and solid scorer, a strong rebounder and a very talented shot-blocker. He can play in the NBA as a rookie, and the Warriors need another center with Ezeli and Varejao free agents, plus is Bogut constantly injured. Although Jones might not a starter for the NBA, he gives the best team in the league depth and talent at a position where it is at its weakest.



Mike's 2016 NBA Mock Draft


5 Most Commonly Picked Players
Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, Soph.
Appears on 177 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 176 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 153 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 128 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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