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My rankings of best center prospects in the draft

Discussion in 'NBA Draft' started by jopatmc, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. jopatmc

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    1. Anthony Davis - no need to say anything else

    2. Tyler Zeller - 7 footer with skills, very efficient offensively, can shoot it, solid rebounder and defender, not fancy but gets the job done. Will be a very good pro. Can step into an NBA rotation today and contribute positively.

    3. Cody Zeller - the younger brother to Tyler. May turn out to be better at some point, probably slightly better offensively, not as good defensively or on the glass.....yet.

    4. Arnett Moultrie - very athletic player, needs to add bulk to play center. Nice skillset especially shooting. Nice post moves. Needs more bulk for his post game to translate to the NBA. He may wind up playing more PF than C.

    5. Andre Drummond - Physical tools in abundance. But no discernable top notch skills. This guys reminds me of Nene with NO offensive game whatsoever. I fear he will be a bust if taken in the lottery. Will probably play a long time in the league simply because of his size but I see nothing to warrant taking a lottery chance on him.

    6. Leonard Myers - Good kid with good length. Cody Zeller busted him up pretty good in their head-to-head matchup. I suspect he is a career backup center. But he's young enough that he could develop into something more. This is the only reason I put him above Ezeli.

    7. Festus Ezeli - the 2nd coming of Deke.

    8. Fab Melo - Very athletic but appears to be dumber than dirt with no real drive or direction. Perhaps the Brazilian version of the Birdman.
     
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  2. Aruba77

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    He's Brazilian bro
     
  3. RudyTBag

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    Fab Melo is a bust. I would stay FAR away from that guy.


    Festus Ezeli on the other hand has some VERY interesting tools.
    *He has great, GREAT feet. His lateral quickness is fantastic for someone his size, and he is particularly adept at guarding the pick and roll. Way more intellectual on the court than Fab Melo in regards to his defensive and offensive awareness. He has the potential to be a solid scoring contributor in the NBA.
    *His jump hook is NBA ready.


    I am PRAYING that we can grab him with the Dallas pick, but I feel like he will move up in mocks before it is all said and done.
     
  4. jopatmc

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    fixed
     
  5. Aruba77

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    Really like your list. For me, it's:

    Davis
    Cody Zeller
    Drummund
    Moultrie
    T. Zeller
    Leonard
    Ezeli
     
  6. No Worries

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    Anthony Davis is a center? And here I thought that he was just a skinny, albeit super athletic 4.
     
  7. Fierguard

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    I completely disagree with Fab Melo being that low.

    Melo Versus Ezeli

    Look at what Ezeli has done over his career.
    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/38505/festus-ezeli

    Most of his improvement Statically, accept for points production his junior year, track directly to his increase in minutes. His rebounding doubled... hmmm so did his minutes. Blocks the same thing.

    We have a much smaller sample with Melo but look at his improvements.

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/51343/fab-melo

    2.33 times increase in minutes
    3.5 times increase in blocks.
    3.0 times increase in scoring
    2.7 times increase in rebounding

    All the other things he does on defense.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/luke_winn/02/07/Syracuse.defense/index.html

    Is he an offensive juggernaut... no... but he has improved... he seems to have the drive to get better. As far as a Center prospect I have Fab Melo at 5

    1.) Andre Drummond Mostly on Potential.
    2.) Cody Zeller Polished Offensive Player
    3.) Meyers Leonard Greatly improved.
    4.) Tyler Zeller Polished Offensive Player.
    5.) Fab Melo Polished Defensive player

    Moultrie and Davis I see as PF's. Davis I see like KG like.

    Just my two cents.

    Fierguard

    Bleed Red Rockets Red
     
  8. jscmedia

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    I would not waste any significant draft picks on the center position right now.

    Saying that, I swear by Morey's "take the best player available" creedo.
     
  9. jopatmc

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    I wouln't waste them either. I'd use them on Davis at #1, Tyler Zeller or Cody Zeller at 14 or 15, and Moultrie at 20.
     
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    Much too low on Drummond. Drummond's floor is basically Samuel Dalembert, his ceiling is (hopefully a healthier version of) Andrew Bynum. He should probably be second ranked on a list including these players, he has a higher ceiling than any of them except Davis, and his floor is at least as high as the younger Zeller.

    I still see Sullinger as a PF/C so I think he should be eligible for this list and I know you like him a lot
     
  11. Aruba77

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    agreed that Moultrie is a PF
     
  12. MourningWood

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    Cody Zeller will be long gone by 14.
     
  13. MONON

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    Cody's the 3rd of the Zeller bros. The other 2 stayed in college for 4 years & I haven't heard anything about Cody entering this year's draft. Cody may be gone "back the school" before the 1st pick.
     
  14. jopatmc

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    But he's right if Cody stays in.
     
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    Cody Zeller has already developed a polished post game. That's something many big men never achieve.
     
  16. MamboRock

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    Anthony Davis is great in the NCAA. The question is whether he has the bulk to play under the basket in NBA. He looks like a tweener to me.
     
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    He's 6'11, with great speed, timing, long arms, iq, and a great athlete


    tweener.. how so


    the zeller brothers will be major BUST

    Cody especially looks really SOFT... Tyler plays meaner( and has a better chance to succeed to me)


    Morey should target Drummond
     
  18. MamboRock

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    They used these attributes to describe Thabeet before the draft too (maybe except iq. How in the world can you tell Davis iq anyway?).
     
  19. Noob Cake

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    Most of those listed are PF prospects.

    Tyler Zeller is a mature 22 year old. His ceiling has already been reached. We should not touch him.
     
  20. coachbadlee

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    Arnett Moultrie = Jordan Hill?
     

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