We've already been hard at work with the point guard rankings and shooting guard rankings , so it's time to take a look at small forwards. While Evan Turner could easily be considered a small forward, Wesley Johnson has to be the most "ideal" player to play the position out of this year's class, by leaps and bounds.
Read on to see who follows Johnson on a solid list of small forward prospects for the 2010 NBA Draft :
1. Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)
He has elite shooting ability to go along with excellent size and athleticism. Johnson is easily the best small forward prospect in this draft.
2. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
Aminu needs some refinement, but few prospects have this type of potential.
3. Gordon Hayward (Butler)
Hayward is a very cerebral game-manager with a great handle and feel for the game. He can create for himself and for others. He's also athletic and strong enough to make an impact on both sides of the court, but needs to develop a killer instinct.
4. Luke Babbitt (Nevada)
Babbitt is a very crafty player with very under-rated athleticism. He can hang with the big boys, and possesses the handle and fluidity of a guard. He has the size and toughness to take advantage of mismatches inside, and the range to hit from outside. Babbitt is a truly special offensive talent. His only set-back could be defensive ability.
5. Devin Ebanks (West Virginia)
He can be a rough read, but appears to have the strength and athleticism to erase most doubts. He needs to improve his consistency and outside shot.
6. Damion James (Texas)
James is an extremely athletic and explosive player in the open break, and brings a nice shot and offensive flow to the table. He's not the best ball handler, however, and needs to hone his overall offensive mentality and decision-making.
7. Paul George (Fresno State)
George definitely has the potential to be one of the best at his position (out of this class) in a few years. He can be all over the floor, and though his shot is spotty, it's already at an excellent spot. He really struggled with his shot down the stretch last year, so consistency and toughness are areas he needs to work on.
8. Quincy Pondexter (Washington)
Pondexter is a very well-balanced offensive player with solid size and nice athleticism. He needs to work on his outside game, not just as a shooter, but from an awareness and shot selection stand-point. He could be a nice find in the second round or late first.
9. Stanley Robinson (UConn)
Robinson has amazing length and athleticism. He has vast potential, but doesn't seem to be on the level many were hoping he'd be. He needs to get stronger and work on his court awareness.
10. Raymar Morgan (Michigan State)
He has great athleticism. Morgan is a hustle player and can fill an energy role off the bench. He has the potential to develop a currently average offensive game, but has a very inconsistent outside shot, and a raw overall game.