Rick Carlisle on A.J. Hammons

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle addresses the media after selecting A.J. Hammons with the 46th pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

The Mavericks have drafted center A.J. Hammons with the 46th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hammons, a senior from Purdue, averaged 15.0 points per game last season, adding 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

At 7 feet tall with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, the 250-pound Hammons has the physical makeup and skill set to compete in the NBA right away. He led the Big Ten in block percentage all four years in college. The 23-year-old also led the conference in PER, blocks per game, and defensive rating during his senior season.


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