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NBA Draft 2013: Grading Anthony Bennett and Top Small Forward Prospects

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NBA Draft 2013: Grading Anthony Bennett and Top Small Forward Prospects
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UNLV Running Rebels freshman Anthony Bennett has looked like one of the nation's best players all season. With no real consensus No. 1 pick, it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could ascend to that level.

I've included him as a small forward, but because of his strength, he could be an undersized power forward as well.

With Kentucky Wildcats big man Nerlens Noel suffering a torn ACL on Tuesday night (per ESPN.com), the top of the draft could be set for a reshuffle.

Currently, NBADraft.net has Bennett listed as No. 5 in its latest mock draft.

The Charlotte Bobcats have the league's worst record right now, but that, of course, doesn't assure them of the top pick in the draft. If you view Bennett as a small forward, it doesn't seem logical that they would select him, having chosen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 selection in 2012.

In any case, it is almost impossible for me to see a scenario where Bennett is around after the top five—barring some unforeseen future developments.

Here is a graded analysis of Bennett and a breakdown of the other top small forward prospects in the June draft.

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