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Old 12-05-2006, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default Top centers for 07 draft

Who are they and what do you think of their respective games/ who do they most compare to? (not just oden and noah)
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:03 PM   #2
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Yi Jianlian. 7-footer from China who plays more like a SG. I'd compare him to a nimbler (but weaker) Gasol.
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Old 12-13-2006, 02:56 AM   #3
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This could be a solid center draft. I think Noah and Jianlian will be more like forwards, but you still have some solid players that could make NBA rosters. I like Roy Hibbert. If nothing you have a 7-2, 280 pound lane clogger. The other big guy in the Big East is Aaron Gray, who I think could be an okay starting center. I don't think he will ever be a scorer, but he is a very good rebounder and can play some defense. The problem with both is that they are not athletic enough to play with some of the "new era" centers in the NBA.

Some other potential first round picks that I haven't gotten to see, but could be future NBA players are Hasheem Thabeet, Spencer Hawes, and the Lopez brothers from Stanford. All four of these freshman could possibly be top 20 picks.

As always there are a ton of international big men, but the best seems to be Tiago Splitter, who I have liked in the past, and even though I thought he might be best at PF, he seems to be improving and developing to the point where he could play PF or C.

The other guy I like, even though he may not even get drafted, is Sean Williams from Boston College. He may be a little undersized, but he could come off the bench and give some guys problems on defense. Down the road I could see him being what Dikembe has been with the Rockets the past couple years.

Since the odds are low that all these guys enter this year, I would expect maybe 5 centers going in the first round this year. Oden, Splitter, Hawes, Gray, and Hibbert, and possibly Thabeet. Not the best center draft ever, but solid. Plus, with today's NBA positions not being so cut and dry as in the past, you do have to consider guys like Noah, Jianlian, Jamareo Davidson, Fazekas, and Heytvelt as potential part-time NBA centers that could go in the 1st round or early in the 2nd.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:07 AM   #4
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Al Horford, he's 6'9 just about 6'10 and plays huge..

Rebounds
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Plays defense
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:32 PM   #5
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Yi is scrawny, but has the best hops out of player out of China. Very agressive and scrappy for a CBA guy as well.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:36 PM   #6
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"Hasheem Thabeet"

He has improved a massive amount in a short time.
He will still be a project but a kid that is 7'3 with a good frame, decent coordination, and excellent work ethic is hard to pass up.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:37 PM   #7
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how about lorenzo mata? lol.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:29 PM   #8
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how about lorenzo mata? lol.

Late 2nd rounder if he enters, his game won't translate to the NBA, but have to love him in college.

Sidiki Sidibe = late 2nd round steal just due to his name
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:20 AM   #9
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I have watched Sean Williams (6'10") from Boston College grow into an outstanding shot blocker his past couple years. This guy is for real! He was fairly close to a triple double (19 pts, 15 rebs, 7 blocks) yesterday in a bad loss to Kansas. BC is my favorite college team so I know him well. He will really show his talents as long as he stays out of trouble off the court. He didn't even play much high school ball which makes him even more special. If this guy doesn't get drafted, I would be so shocked and whoever signs him will be very happy they did.
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Old 12-24-2006, 03:25 PM   #10
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greg oden . noah . and glen davis
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:50 PM   #11
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thabeet is a monster, he is probably third next to oden and noah.

glenn davis will be at best an othella harrington.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:07 PM   #12
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Hasheem Thabeet (probably spelled wrong) he's good. I really didnt hear about him untill i read some article, but ive been following him, he's good. Oden (i know e'reyone's sick of hearing about him) is the best center (and i'm sorry but) i have to give credit to noah. Tyler Hansborough Is deffinitley up there, i think he's one of the lotterry picks if he enters the draft. This class is full of big men
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:09 PM   #13
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I just realized, HAVE Y'ALL 4GOT ABOUT TY HANSBOROUGH!!!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:29 PM   #14
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I just realized, HAVE Y'ALL 4GOT ABOUT TY HANSBOROUGH!!!!!!!
i see him being somewhat like ike diogu...hes stock is dropping big time lately

i would rather have oden,wright,noah,thabeet,hawes and horford over him...I dont see him being a lottery pick
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Old 01-10-2007, 03:23 PM   #15
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i see him being somewhat like ike diogu...hes stock is dropping big time lately

i would rather have oden,wright,noah,thabeet,hawes and horford over him...I dont see him being a lottery pick

I know, but he just was a key player in beating Florida St., Cant u give him a lil more cred

PS I know im a big tarheels fan and that may have influenced what im saying but it's true
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