#1 – Nikola Vucevic
A college Center is not automatically a NBA Center, primarily because of size (height/weight). After that we factor in skill-set - advantages and limitations. This particular draft year, there is no one dominant Center coming out of the colleges. Each of our ranked Centers has one requirement and, with some luck, the chance to develop a second requirement needed to be an effective NBA Center.
Vucevic is the type of Center to pair with a dominant Power Forward who can cover his defensive limitations. He is a seven-footer, with good shooting touch and ball-handling skills, enough to help facilitate an offense in the high post.
Still not convinced? Ponder the stats below and press play!
Out of 138 players:
· Nikola Vucevic is a first-round pick in only 1 of the 4 metrics, the one that measures overall production. Our projection is first round from 17 to 25.
· He has the size and the skill to be a solid pro.
· Considered as a whole (BPM), as well as for each specialty (PCM for Production; DIR for Defense; and TPA (Talent/Skill-set).