The 2010 NBA Draft is sneaking up on us. As we continue to inch closer to the biggest day for NBA teams trying to turn their franchises around, comes a series of the best players in the draft from each position.
Now we are on the power forward class. The power forward class this year is deep in some eyes. You have great players in this list like Monroe that can play virtually the four or five—same with Udoh and Sanders.
There are many versatile players coming out of this list and most of them are guaranteed lottery picks and almost all of them are guaranteed to be drafted.
That’s great seeing that half of the point guard could possibly go undrafted. All these players on the list are very defensive and can spark the post both on offense or defense, and in some cases both!
Here are my top prospects that are power forwards! Enjoy…
Craig Brackins is a great pro prospect that doesn't get enough credit for what he does. He is 6'10'' and has the ability to stretch the defense on offense. He has been blessed with a great shooting stroke that he shoots at high percentages.
His range can expand out to possibly 20 feet, and can get to as close as the NBA three point line with help.
Inside the paint he uses good footwork, rarely get's called for traveling and scores. His favorite move is the turn around jumper to his strong shoulder. But he can make tough shots off balance as he did plenty of times for Iowa State.
He has also been blessed with the vision of passing out of the double team and working as the guard of the offense. Meaning he never get's rattled by tight situations, he keeps composure and stays alert to kick it out to a teammate.
He shows some leadership qualities playing for Iowa State as he brought them to some close bouts with fierce competitors.
Along with that he is a average rebounder. He can pull down rebounds on both ends of the court. Not to mention he is an athletic big man that can run the floor and finish in transition.
Brackins can be a draft steal down the road, he just needs to stay consistent, add bulk to his frame and get more defensive.
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge (Raw)
Trevor Booker is a 6'7'' power forward from Clemson. Yes, I said he was 6'7'', and he is a power forward.
Even though he is well undersized, he is very bulky to make up for that. Weighing in about 245 pounds. With that small but big frame, he displays great explosiveness.
Another aspect to make up for his lack of size is his seven plus feet wingspan.
He uses that to finish strong around the rim, highlighted mostly by huge dunk attempts. Not to mention, he has the ability to clean up his mess with a put back or just simply a lay up.
You think contact rattles his shot? Well think again. Booker has the ability and strength to power over defenders and finish strong at the rim. Which translates well in the NBA because you see what DeJuan Blair did for the Spurs this season.
Booker is a very efficient shooter, with soft touch and displayed great hands in the post. Then when you think you can hold him inside the post that's when he steps outside and knocks down jumpers. They can range to about 20 feet which is very good considering he does play power forward.
He is also a good shot blocker for his size. He alters attempts and is committed to playing defense and rebounding the ball. Booker is the role player many need to relieve superstars.
Think: Dejuan Blair
Jarvis Varnado is the NCAA all-time leader in shot blocking. Telling you something already?
Jarvis Varnado is 6'9'' 210 power forward with a feel for the game on the defensive end. See the picture above? Nobody is getting anything easy when Varnado is in the paint, not even if your name is John Wall.
Varnado is said to have a 7'4'' wingspan which helps his cause for shot blocking in the NBA. Not only can he block shots but he can alter them as well. Have defenders change up there shot too much in mid-air and miss it.
With that 7'4'' wingspan he can also snatch down a lot of rebounds. He gets after them on both the offensive and defensive glass.
On the offensive side he can run the floor well in transition and finish the play. In the post he has a go to move in the hook shot, working with his back towards the basket.
He can also step out and hit jumpers but the range on his jump shot is not that deep and should look to expand that once in the NBA.
Think: Bo Outlaw
Larry Sanders another one of those defensive forwards in the draft. He is 6'10'' with the wingspan of 7'7''. If you didn't catch that or thought you read it wrong, I’ll type it again: Larry Sanders' wingspan is 7'7''!!!
He incorporates his length in his overall game very well. He is a great defensive presence in the post due to the fact that he is very long and can block and alter shots.
Not only does he block shots, but his footwork and ability to keep the opposition in front of him also will translate well into the NBA.
Not to mention, his defensive intensity could influence the mentality of a player. Ever see a team stop attacking after getting their shot denied? He has the ability to do exactly that.
His long arms also allow him to play above the rim, as well as snatch down a ton of rebounds. He has great upper body strength that he uses when snatching down a rebound or cleaning up his mess.
On offense, his skill set is still very raw but he can still get it done. He is a back to the basket kind of guy.
He doesn't have an arsenal of post moves but the move he goes to a lot is his turnaround jumper or the driving hook in the lane. He finishes well and strong with contact. He can dunk on you, or just overpower you for the score.
Don't second guess his ability to shoot though. He can knock down those mid-range jumpers, and with a little help from NBA coaches he can become a consistent jump shooter from mid-range.
Think: Ben Wallace with more offense
Ekpe Udoh was the spark to Baylor's frontcourt this season. Anything you wanted in a defensive forward Udoh did it.
He was very defensive at Baylor. Regardless the size Udoh was the spark you needed in your post. One-on-one Udoh slides his feet well in the post and keeps his defender in front him.
He has great shot-blocking skills. He alters’ attempts and he rarely let's anything come into the post easy. His timing and instincts on defense only makes him a greater defensive presence. His 6'10'', 240-pound frame will help this translate well into the NBA.
Not to mention, he has a 7'5" wingspan which allows him to challenge big men at the next level.
On offense, his game isn't that advanced. He displays good footwork with his post work but it still needs to be improved. He does have the ability to face up on the defender and attack the basket.
By the way, he plays above the rim.
He can also work outside the paint. He can hit those mid-range and turnaround jumpers outside the post area.
In the pros he will most likely played at both the forward and center position which shows you how versatile he can be.
Think: Tweener Al Horford, or LaMarcus Aldridge
I'm not as high as everyone else is on Motiejunas but the fact that he is an offensive mastermind can't scare too many teams away.
Motiejunas is 6'11'' power forward that could just as well play the small forward position if needed.
He has an excellent skill level and will be a mismatch to any defender at the next level. He has ball-handling skills of most guards, and for his height he has elite ball-handling skills.
Out on the perimeter not many four guys are going to be able to hold him because of his long body and quick first step. He only needs a few dribbles before he gets into the paint, and although the weak frame he can finish around the rim.
Also outside the paint he can knock down the three point jumper consistently. When you try to take away the three balls he likes to go to his pick and pop.
In the post area, he displays nice footwork, good hands and nice touch around the rim. He likes the turnaround jumper or the hook shot that he can get over the defender.
He is even-handed which an advantage in the NBA is, and he can run the floor in transition and knock down the jumper.
Think: Andrea Bargani or Baby Dirk Nowitzki
Patrick Patterson is the leader of the post. The efficient prospect that does everything right and rarely makes a mistake.
Patterson was a part of that wonderful Kentucky squad this year coached by Calipari. In that one season, Coach Cal helped tweak Patterson game and he has turned into a lottery pick as the result.
Patterson is a 6'8'' 230 pound power forward. He displays soft touch and soft hands around the rim.
He is the back to the basket kind of guy. He has an arsenal of post moves but his favorite would have to be his jump hook. He gets it off with ease and shoots a high percentage.
Although he does take it into the lane and can finish strong around the rim.
He thrives in transition. Playing at Kentucky kept him well conditioned and now he has the ability to run the lanes and finish the play off.
His jump shot is really picking up. He expanded it out to the mid-range I even got the chance to witness him hit a college three point jump shot in a clutch situation.
He has a very huge wingspan and with that he tracks down a lot of boards. His upper body strength also allows him to strip the ball away from the defender in mid-air to steal the rebound.
He is very smart, and determined. His work ethic will allow him to transform himself to an all around player at the next level.
Think: David West
Ed Davis the 6'9'' power forward out of the University of North Carolina.
Remember back when the Tarheels were National Champions? The X-factor definitely had to be Ed Davis. He came off the bench behind Hansbrough and sparked the Tarheels offensively and defensively. He could have came out last year and been selected as a lottery pick, but instead went back to school and is still considered a lottery pick.
One thing Davis' does well is executes offensively. He has that baby hook in the post that he shoots very proficiently.
Around the rim he displays soft hands, which allows the guard to throw the entry pass and expect him to catch it every time. Also he showcases nice touch around the rim as well.
He finishes strong around the rim, and when he misses his shot or a rebound comes off the rim Davis' is in hot pursuit. His wingspan allows him to snatch down a lot of balls off the glass and put it back for the score.
Defensively he displays very good footwork in the post. He slides his feet really well and keeps the defender in front of him. His defensive mechanics are amazing and he has the ability to lock down on defenders.
Ed Davis is committed to playing defense and he plays it well. He can be a defensive stopper or the ultimate protector of the paint where ever he goes.
Think: Al Horford or the Birdman
Derrick Favors name has been in the draft since he was a high schooler.
Everybody loves a project and that's exactly what Favors' is. Favors is a 6'10", 250-pound power forward, which is a NBA body.
Around the hoop he displays soft hands in the post, which are essential. Not only that but soft touch as well. He has quick moves in the post which he uses to fight off the defender and score.
Not to mention, he finishes well with contact and strong around the basket.
He is not just all about Favors' either; he is very unselfish on offense. Sometimes looking to set up his teammates rather than attacking the defense.
His activity level allows him to play strong throughout the whole game. That benefits well on the defensive side of the ball. He has great defensive intensity, fundamental and just the all-around defensive feel.
He has a huge upside and he is very young for the class. His skills are still very raw but give him a couple of years and he'll transform into a great NBA player.
Think: Amare Stoudemire
Greg Monroe the sophomore from Georgetown. He was going to come out to last year’s draft but scouts say too many flaws. With an extra season at Georgetown he fixed the majority of them and his draft stock has been on the rise every since.
Monroe is a 6'11'', 240-pound power forward. At 6'11'' he has superior handle for a player his size, showcasing it when facing up. Out of the face up he can either drive to the basket, or pull up for the jumper.
However, his first option is to look for his teammates. Kind of has a guard/forward mentality with his approach. He lets the game come to him, but he has the ability to score the ball consistently.
He has good court vision, a great passing skills that he improved over the year.
He has an excellent skill-set to go along with his versatility. You think it's impressive that Evan Turner can play three positions, IF Greg Monroe can increase his lateral quickness he could play the three, four and five position. This shows you how versatile he can be inside and outside the post area.
Monroe's is very comfortable taking shots away from the rim. He can knock down those mid-range jumpers if needed, and could possibly span out to the NBA three point line.
He runs well in transition and that's key now in the NBA. He is a very athletic big man that blossom into a great prospect down the road.
He can affect the game on the defensive side of the ball as well. He is very long and his body allows him to alter shots and challenge defenders. He makes smart decisions on defense, and can be an ultimate protector of the paint.
Monroe has great basketball instincts and the extra year at college helped him fix all of his flaws and in my opinion Greg Monroe will be off the board before Derrick Favors.
Think: Pau Gasol or Brad Miller