2014 NBA Draft: Top 5 Center Prospects

2014 NBA Draft: Top 5 Center Prospects

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Centers in today’s game are specialists more than anything else. There are a few big men who can still effectively play with their backs to the basket like they did back in the 80s and 90s. Here are the top five center prospects going into the 2014 NBA Draft.

5. Jordan Bachynski

5. Jordan Bachynski
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5. Jordan Bachynski

5. Jordan Bachynski
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Jordan Bachynski is one of the tallest players in the NBA draft at 7-foot-2’ and plays like a traditional big man. His production increased every year while at Arizona State, and he led the nation in blocked shots at four per game. Bachynski is efficient scoring the ball and plays solid defense in the post. He Would be a great pickup for any team in the second round.

4. Isaiah Austin

4. Isaiah Austin
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4. Isaiah Austin

4. Isaiah Austin
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Isaiah Austin is a 7-foot-1 stretch big who excels in the pick and pop game. While playing at Baylor, Austin displayed his ability to handle the ball in addition to being able to guard wings. Austin can play with his back to basket and will try to post players who are smaller than him. Austin’s game will transcend well to the NBA.

3. Adreian Payne

3. Adreian Payne
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3. Adreian Payne

3. Adreian Payne
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Adreian Payne is another big whose game extends beyond the 3-point line. Payne shot an impressive 42 percent from beyond the arc in addition to averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game. Payne has good post moves and surprising athleticism, both of which were on full display during the college slam-dunk contest. Payne is your typical Tom Izzo-type tough player.

2. Mitch McGary

2. Mitch McGary
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2. Mitch McGary

2. Mitch McGary
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Mitch McGary exploded onto the scene as a sophomore, helping lead Michigan to the 2013 national title game. McGary is quick for his size, and possesses a high basketball IQ that enables him to be a very effective offensive rebounder. McGary is not as athletically gifted as most of the other big men on this list, but has a solid post game and is great finisher around the rim. McGary’s game and demeanor will remind you Bill Laimbeer.

1. Joel Embiid

1. Joel Embiid
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1. Joel Embiid

1. Joel Embiid
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Despite the back injury, Joel Embiid has the potential to be the best player in this draft class. NBA executives are comparing Embiid to Tim Duncan and Hakeem Olajuwon due to his fundamentally sound post game. Embiid has the ability to finish with both hands and is a monster on the defensive end. The center position itself is in a major decline, but Embiid has the ability to change that immediately.

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