20. Alpreren Sengun, Rockets
The young Turkish big man Alpreren Sengun has shown he has the offensive potential to be one of the more versatile big men in the NBA. However, the Houston Rockets need him to improve on the defensive end this season. If he can’t, then the 6-foot-9 playmaking big might be best suited for a bench role moving forward.
19. Wendell Carter Jr., Magic
With Mo Bamba with the Philadelphia 76ers and Bol Bol with the Phoenix Suns this upcoming season, there’s little doubt that Wendell Carter Jr. is the future at the center position for the Orlando Magic. The 6-foot-10 big man is a reliable two-way center. The one area he needs to improve is his rebounding.
18. Chet Holmgren, Thunder
Considering that Chet Holmgren has never played a game, having him this high on the rankings is pretty generous. In two summer league seasons in a row, the 7-foot big man showed elite defensive talent, with flashes of versatile offensive skill. If Holmgren hits as a prospect, then the Oklahoma City Thunder will be a threat in the playoff race this season.
17. Nic Claxton, Nets
Nic Claxton became one of the best defenders last season with the Brooklyn Nets. Due to his lean 6-foot-11 frame, Claxton has become one of the most versatile defenders and one of the best-shot blockers. However, he can be bullied by bigger players which is an area
16. Steven Adams, Grizzlies
Steven Adams might be one of the strongest centers on this list. He’s an excellent defender and his physicality allows him to be an elite box-out player and screen setter. His problem is limited offensive skills and health as of late. If the Memphis Grizzlies want to take the next step, the 6-foot-11 big man will have to be healthy.