The 2012 NBA draft has arrived, and there are some intriguing young prospects at the center position. We’re here to keep you up to date on those prospects, how they rank and what you can expect to see in their games.
Andre Drummond has been touted as the best center in the draft, but there are at least 14 total centers who could be taken tonight. We have the scoop on each one.
Here are the best available centers.
Player, Team, Pick
1. Andre Drummond, Pistons, No. 9
2. Meyers Leonard, Trail Blazers, No. 11
3. Tyler Zeller, Mavericks, No. 17
4. Fab Melo, Celtics, No. 22
5. Miles Plumlee, Pacers, No. 26
6. Festus Ezeli, Warriors, No. 30
7. Bernard James, Cavaliers, No. 33
8. Justin Hamilton, 76ers, No. 45
9. Kyle O'Quinn, Magic, No. 49
10. Ognjen Kuzmic, Warriors, No. 52
11. Robert Sacre, Lakers, No. 60
Weight: 257 pounds
Stats: 11.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game
Strengths: Cantekin has great size and length, and he runs the court well. He also has a good jump hook and can finish at the hoop with either hand.
Weakness: He’s not a good rebounder or defender. He lacks toughness and his shooting is a concern.
Weight: 241 pounds
Stats: 11.6 points, 6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game
Strengths: Sims is long and athletic. He is very smooth on both ends of the floor and has great hands for someone his size.
Weakness: Sims isn’t a great rebounder and really needs to improve in that area. He also is a very late bloomer.
Weight: 252 pounds
Stats: 13.3 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block per game
Strengths: Stutz has a good frame and size, and he is a solid rebounder. He also has a good face-up game.
Weakness: He must get tougher if he is ever going to succeed in the NBA. His offensive game also needs some refinement.
Weight: 266 pounds
Stats: 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game
Strengths: Gibson is a big, athletic shot-blocker with a talented face-up game. He also has legitimate three-point range.
Weakness: His game is still pretty raw, and he needs to add strength and improve his low-post game. His aggression on the boards could be improved as well.