2021 NBA Draft mock #11: Charlotte Hornets: Alperen Sengun
The Hornets are searching for a center this offseason. Both Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo are unrestricted free agents. They have Vernon Carey Jr. and Nick Richards at the position, but neither second-year player is ready for significant minutes. Charlotte is likely also searching for a guard that complements LaMelo Ball in the backcourt.
They fill their need at center by selecting Sengun. The 18-year-old produced monster numbers for Besiktas this season. He averaged 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 28.2 minutes per game. Sengun shot 63.2 percent from the field and 79.4 percent on his free throws. He dominated the paint in the Turkish League as he excelled on both ends of the floor.
In his three professional seasons, the 6’10 big man has shot just 22.7 percent on his 118 3-point attempts. His strong free throw percentage leads some to believe that Sengun can expand his range, but he will be limited to being a rim roller and lob threat early in his NBA career.
The 18-year-old’s ability to protect the rim and be a dominant rebounder will have teams in the late lottery lining up for his services. The Hornets fill a need and give LaMelo an exciting young pick and roll partner in Charlotte by taking Alperen Sengun.
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