Top 5 Centers in 2014 NBA Draft

Top Centers in the 2014 NBA Draft

Joel Embiid
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The 2014 NBA Draft may be one of the most potential-filled drafts in quite some time, but the center position probably doesn't offer the most talented group of prospects. Still, there is one solid big man who could go No. 1 overall in this draft and a few behind him who could make some noise.

Let’s take a look at the top five centers in this draft class.

5. Alex Kirk, New Mexico

Alex Kirk
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5. Alex Kirk, New Mexico

Alex Kirk
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Alex Kirk had a solid season for New Mexico. He put up 13.3 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. I doubt he becomes the scorer of Dwight Howard’s caliber, but he could still be a reliable player in the post because of his size and rebounding ability.

4. Isaiah Austin, Baylor

Isaiah Austin
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4. Isaiah Austin, Baylor

Isaiah Austin
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If Isaiah Austin finally plays like his talent suggests, he could be the biggest steal in the draft. We could say that about a bunch of players, though. Still, Austin stands at 7-foot-1 and he can shoot the long-ball. Improving his shot even more could make him unstoppable. No matter what the case, his size and athleticism are going to have NBA teams very interested.

3. Patric Young, Florida

Patric Young
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3. Patric Young, Florida

Patric Young
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Patric Young only stands at 6-foot-9 and his offensive game probably didn’t develop as much as some NBA scouts would have liked it to.

Young is one of the most physically gifted players in the draft, though, and he can play good defense. He was a workhorse at the college level and one NBA team is going to notice that right away.

2. Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia

Jusuf Nurkic
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2. Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia

Jusuf Nurkic
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Jusuf Nurkic is getting a lot of attention because he is only 19 and he stands at 6-foot-11. Oh yeah, he also weighs 280 pounds. Who knows how he will pan out in the NBA, but he definitely has the size to make it as a center.

1. Joel Embiid, Kansas

Joel Embiid
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1. Joel Embiid, Kansas

Joel Embiid
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Joel Embiid has by far the most potential out of any center in the draft. He could go No. 1 overall. That is because he stands at 7-foot-0, can handle the ball and is athletic. All of that aside, he is a great rebounder ( 8.1 boards per game) and shot-blocker (2.6 blocks per game). Back issues or not, he is the best center in the draft.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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