Dallas Mavericks: Ranking the projected starting centers across the NBA
By Kohl Rast
16. Enes Kanter – BOS
Although Enes Kanter is not my favorite player in the league, I can’t help but recognize that he is a very effective player. He has never really been a guy that plays a ton of minutes for any of the teams he has represented, but when he is on the court he can hurt you with his scoring and rebounding abilities in a hurry.
With his new situation in Boston, I think Kanter is going to be leaned on a little more heavily for his offense. The Celtics will obviously be led by Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, but the Celtics really thrived behind the 1-2 punch that Kyrie Irving and Al Horford brought to the table the last few years. Kanter could step into that role and do it effectively.
15. Deandre Ayton -PHX
Even though Deandre Ayton quickly became the “I was also drafted this year” guy among the Rookie of the Year finalists last year, he really did have a solid season. Ayton was one of only 15 players last year that averaged a double-double while playing in more than 40 games. His numbers were not super glamorous and he was on the low end of those guys, but it is still impressive.
Ayton suffered a lot from lackadaisical play in his rookie season, looking visibly uninterested on multiple occasions throughout the season. His effort is going to be something that people keep an eye on this year as it will determine his spot among the centers in the league quickly. If he can up his effort, especially on the defensive side of the ball, the sky is the limit for the young man from the Bahamas.