2018 NBA Draft Positional Report
Center Mock Selections

This new tool condenses 2018 NBA Mock Draft content from around WalterFootball.com. Below are all the 2018 NBA Mock Draft selections for the center position from Paul Banks' and David Kay's 2018 NBA Mock Draft and a summary from the WalterFootball.com 2018 Mock NBA Draft Builder.

Dave's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 1 Suns: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
    With the ability to operate on the block or step out and knock down jumpers, Ayton possesses the ideal skill set for a franchise NBA big man. He can be a defensive liability, but there aren't many prospects with his combination of size, skill and athleticism. He would be a building block inside to complement the talented, young wings the Suns have on the perimeter.

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 5 Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
    A force in the paint as a rebounder and shot blocker, Bamba makes his biggest impact on the defensive end due to his crazy 7-foot-9 wingspan and athleticism. His all-around offensive game still needs to develop but has shown the ability to step out and knock down shots. With Dirk Nowitzki on his final legs in the NBA and no great big on the roster, a prospect like Bamba is needed on this team.

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 25 Lakers: Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky
    Instead of playing college ball, Robinson decided to spend this season preparing for the 2018 NBA Draft, which means his projectability is a bit of a question mark. Coming out of high school, Robinson was an athletic, explosive big man who ran the floor well but needed to fine tune his all-around offensive game. There have been rumblings that the Lakers promised Robinson at No. 25, but there are also questions about his maturity that could drop him into the second round.

  • Rd. 2, Pk. 4 Hawks: Mortiz Wagner, C, Michigan
    The German is an inside/outside threat who can stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting. Due to the lack of big man depth in this draft, I wouldn't be shocked if he gets snagged in the late first round though.

  • Rd. 2, Pk. 24 Mavericks: Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
    A physical and athletic presence in the paint, McCoy is a factor inside on both ends of the floor. He is a true center, which is viewed by some as a negative in today's NBA.

  • 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.

Daves's 2018 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. 19 Celtics: Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana
    The one thing the Celtics lack after a superstar is a franchise center, and with so many excellent centers in this draft and so many picks, they could find theirs. Bryant should probably go to school for a second season, as he would have a chance to play a bigger role for the Hoosiers and improve his stock, but that is doubtful. Regardless, the talent is there for a 17-point, 10-rebound per-game starting center with the ability to shoot the ball.

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 28 76ers: Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas
    This is just the Sixers taking the best prospect with one of their three (possibly four) first-round draft picks, and as Diallo started the season as a lottery pick, they would be smart and lucky to get him here. Diallo was hurt by a ridiculous NCAA investigation that cost him half the season, and the repercussions have caused him trouble getting into Kansas' stacked forward rotation. Regardless, he fits the Sixers as he is a power forward, which they really don't have - Nerlens Noel is a center - and would be a perfect fit with Jahlil Okafor because of his defense and athleticism.

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 30 Warriors: Jonathan Jeanne, C, France
    The Warriors don't have any needs, so taking a 7-foot-4 teenaged center to develop in Europe for a few seasons sounds smart. This is a Spurs type of move, and the Warriors just have no roster spots for a rookie. Jeanne would probably be the tallest NBA player right now and his game is a lot like Kristaps Porzingis, as he is a scoring and shooting big man with shot-blocking skills. Jeanne can also rebound which means he knows how to use his ridiculous size, and as he is just 18, he would give the Warriors an excellent project.

Mike's 2018 NBA Mock Draft

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