Charles Bassey's Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated 76ers Roster

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2021

Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey looks to make a pass during an NCAA college basketball game against Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals of the NIT, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The Philadelphia 76ers selected productive center Charles Bassey out of Western Kentucky with the No. 53 pick of the 2021 NBA draft.


Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

Player: Charles Bassey

Position: Center


Pro Comparison: Gorgui Dieng

Scouting ReportA shot-blocking machine, Bassey should also add value as a lob target and post scorer.


Tobias Harris, SF: $36M (2024)

Ben Simmons, PG: $35.4M (2025)

Joel Embiid, C: $29.5M (2023)

George Hill, PG: $9.6M (2022)

Seth Curry, SG: $8M (2023)

Matisse Thybulle, SF: $2.7M (2023)

Anthony Tolliver, PF: $2.6M (Team option)

Tyrese Maxey, PG: $2.5M (2024)

Shake Milton, PG: $1.7M (2023)

Jaden Springer, G: $1.6M (projected first-year salary, per RealGM)

Isaiah Joe, SG: $1.4M (2023)

Paul Reed, PF: $1.3M (2023)

Filip Petrusev, C (No. 50 overall pick)

Charles Bassey, C (No. 53 overall pick)


Danny Green, SG: UFA

Furkan Korkmaz, SG: UFA

Mike Scott, PF: UFA

Gary Clark, PF: RFA

Rayjon Tucker, SF: RFA


The Nigerian player entered college as a 5-star recruit and the No. 6 overall player in the 2018 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. A leg injury slowed him down in 2019-20, but he bounced back in 2020-21 with averages of 17.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Bassey finished with a player efficiency rating of 32.6, second-best in all of college basketball behind only consensus Player of the Year Luka Garza, per Sports Reference.

He joins a 76ers team that added Tennessee guard Jaden Springer (No. 28) and Mega Basket forward Filip Petrusev (No. 50) in the draft.