Expect Plenty of Centers in the First Round
However, this year’s draft didn’t get the memo.
There are more first-round centers available in this year’s class than in the last two drafts combined.
As many as 10 centers may go in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, which would be higher than any draft in recent memory. Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Steven Adams, Cody Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert, Lucas Nogueira and Jeff Withey are all projected as first-round picks.
That’s a ridiculous number, considering most drafts have just a handful of centers that are selected in the first round.
Not to mention, six or more centers could be drafted in the second round of this year’s draft including Mike Muscala, Colton Iverson, Marko Todorovic, Vitalis Chikoko, Bojan Dubljevic and DeWayne Dedmon.
By my count, the last draft that had 10 centers go in the first round was the 1996 NBA Draft, which featured Marcus Camby, Lorenzen Wright, Erick Dampier, Todd Fuller, Vitaly Potapenko, Jermaine O’Neal, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Efthimios Rentzias, Priest Lauderdale and Travis Knight as first-rounders.
Why did centers such as Willie Cauley-Stein, Isaiah Austin, Mitch McGary and Mouhammadou Jaiteh choose to pull out of the 2013 NBA Draft to enter the 2014 NBA Draft? Because even though next year’s class is loaded with talent, it’s mainly stacked with guards and forwards and there are significantly less big men.