NBA Draft 2021: Evan Mobley, Alperen Sengun among top five rim protectors

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Mobley, Sengun among top rim protectors in draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Here is a look at the five best three-point shooters in this year's class with analysis from NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes, Tyler Byrum and Mike DePrisco.

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1. Evan Mobley, PF/C (USC)

Age: 19

Height: 7-0

Weight: 215

Wingspan: 7-4

2020/21 stats: 33 G, 16.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.9 bpg, 57.8 FG% (6.0/10.3), 30.0 3PT% (0.4/1.2), 69.4 FT%

Player comparison: Clint Capela, Jonathan Isaac

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 3rd, Sports Illustrated 2nd, Ringer 2nd, NBADraft.net 2nd, Bleacher Report 3rd

Mobley is the highest-ranked big man prospect in this draft. He spent one season at USC and swept just about every award he could win: conference player of the year, conference defensive player of the year, consensus All-American, etc. He was the best player on a Trojans team that made it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament before losing to Gonzaga.

He is very agile for his size at 7-feet with good length. Mobley can run the floor, play above the rim and dart in and out of traffic in the midrange. He has the mobility of a slashing wing but at the size of a center. Mobley, though, will want to fill out his frame to get stronger around the rim. He's wiry and long, but could get pushed around by guys like Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. - Hughes

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2. Alperen Sengun, PF/C (International)

Age: 18 (19 on draft night)

Height: 6-10

Weight: 240

Wingspan: N/A

2020/21 stats: 29 G, 19.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.7 bpg, 64.6 FG% (7.0/10.8), 19.0 3PT% (0.1/0.7), 81.2 FT%

Player comparison: Al Horford, Goga Bitadze

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 16th, Sports Illustrated 17th, Ringer 9th, NBADraft.net 31st, Bleacher Report 15th

Sengun is the size of a power forward with a developed postgame and a strong track record as a rebounder. He's very crafty in the paint with spin moves and drop steps. He has good timing with his pump fakes and just generally seems to have a natural feel for the game. He will have to continue to develop counter moves to stay ahead of defenses at the NBA level.

One weakness for Sengun at this point would be his 3-point shooting. That will give teams some pause about his long-term ceiling, though the fact he shot over 80% from the free-throw line is encouraging. In addition to shooting a high clip from the line, he also got there often, averaging 6.2 attempts per game. Sengun also happens to score efficiently because he's so good at finishing around the basket. So, it may just be a matter of range and continuing to gain confidence further away from the rim. - Hughes

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3. Isaiah Jackson, C (Kentucky)

Age: 19

Height: 6-10

Weight: 206

Wingspan: 7-2

2020/21 stats: 25 G, 8.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 2.6 bpg, 54.0 FG% (3.0/5.5), 0.0 3PT% (0/2), 70.0 FT%

Player comparison: Nic Claxton

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 21st, Ringer 23rd, NBADraft.net 37th, Bleacher Report 15th

Analysis: Jackson is one of the most athletically gifted players in this draft. He has great size at 6'10" with a 7'2 wingspan, can jump out of the gym and run the floor like a forward. As of now, he uses those physical tools to block shots and deter opponents away from the rim. He averaged 2.6 blocks per game in his freshman season at Kentucky, and once he figures out how to play within an NBA defense, he could turn into a game-changing defensive presence. - DePrisco

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4. JT Thor, PF (Auburn)

Age: 18

Height: 6-9

Weight: 203

Wingspan: 7-3

2020/21 stats: 27 G, 9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.4 bpg, 44.0 FG% (3.1/7.1), 29.7 3PT% (0.8/2.7), 74.1 FT%

Player comparison: Al-Farouq Aminu

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 24th, Ringer N/A, NBADraft.net 35th, Bleacher Report 24th

Analysis: Thor is an overall defensive disruptor that possesses elite speed and agility to always be a step or two from every play. And he's a sneaky 7'3" defender that won't always guard the tallest player on the court, setting him up for some big help-side blocks. His per-40 minutes are impressive too at 2.4 blocks. One of his biggest assets is his basketball IQ on when to help off of his defender. - Byrum

5. Charles Bassey, C (Western Kentucky)

Age: 20

Height: 6-10

Weight: 230

Wingspan: 7-3

2020/21 stats: 28 G, 17.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.4 spg, 3.1 bpg, 59.0 FG% (6.9/11.8), 30.5 3PT% (0.6/2.1), 75.9 FT%

Player comparison: Gorgui Dieng

Projections: NBC Sports Washington N/A, Ringer N/A, NBADraft.net 32nd, Bleacher Report 38th

Analysis: As an uber-athletic rim-runner, most of Bassey's game comes right at the basket on both ends of the floor. With his athleticism, he's able to reject quick, agile guards as well as skilled big men on post-ups. Additionally, his burst in the air is elite that will make anyone think twice on a drive to the basket.  - Byrum