NBA Draft 2011: Derrick Williams and the 10 Best Forward Prospects
With NBA Draft talk becoming louder and louder, it is fun to look at the top draft prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft.
With this said, let's take a look at the top 10 forwards entering the draft. This includes both forward positions.
Although Derrick Williams is arguably the best forward in the draft, there are a lot of other good prospects as well.
Here is a look at the top 10 forward prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft.
10. Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
Kenneth Faried led Morehead State to the Sweet 16 this year. Morehead State had a great run in the NCAA tournament that led to people noticing how good the team was—and how good Kenneth Faried is.
Faried averaged a double-double with 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.
Kenneth Faried is by far the best rebounder in the country and possibly one of the best rebounders of all time in college basketball.
Not to mention, Faried has the most rebounds in NCAA history with 1,673 rebounds.
9. Markieff Morris, Kansas
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Although Markieff Morris is not as good as his brother, he is still a very solid player. With more work on his offense in the NBA, he could become a very productive scorer.
Morris is already a great defender and rebounder. Not to mention he has good height at 6'10".
The 6'10" forward has great leaping ability that helps him a lot with rebounding. Markieff averaged 8.3 rebounds per game this year.
8. Marcus Morris, Kansas
Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Although Marcus Morris lacks size for his position, he makes up for it with skill.
Morris is a very versatile player who can post up or knock down shots from the perimeter. He is also a pretty good ball-handler, which makes him very good at attacking the basket.
7. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Harry How/Getty Images
Leonard is a very good rebounder due to his size and leaping ability. He can also be a very lethal scorer as he led San Diego State with 15.4 points per game.
Kawhi Leonard proved to be one of the best rebounders in all of college basketball in just two years at San Diego State. He averaged 10.6 RPG in his sophomore year.
Leonard has pretty good height at 6'7", but what makes him such a good rebounder is the fact that he is an explosive leaper and has extremely long arms.
6. Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania
Motiejunas is very athletic for his size. He runs the floor well, is a great passer and is very quick. He is also a very good shooter.
If Motiejunas can bulk up he will be very hard to cover in the post—and anywhere on the court for that matter.
5. Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
At 6'7" Hamilton plays more like a guard than a forward. However, this is what makes him such a good player at the forward position.
He is a very good passer and an even better scorer. Not to mention, Hamilton is a very good ball-handler.
Jordan Hamilton is an excellent shooter with very deep range.
4. Bismack Biyombo, Spain
Bismack Biyombo is a freak on the boards. He is 6'9", but his wingspan is 7'7".
Biyombo has great leaping ability, so you can only imagine how well that matches up with his size.
In the FIBA Americas U18 Championship against Team USA, Biyombo had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in just 28 minutes.
With this said, Biyombo is a great player on defense and offense.
3. Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Andy Lyons/Getty Images
For his size, Jones is a very good ball-handler who can score from anywhere on the court. Jones is a very good shooter, but sometimes he does a little more shooting than he should.
If Jones becomes more of an inside presence, he will be a very hard player to stop in the NBA. All in all, Jones is a very good player and a big reason why the Kentucky Wildcats made it to the Final Four.
2. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic
Vesely is a very lengthy forward who is currently playing small forward in the Euroleague, but can play power forward as well.
He stands at 6'11", and although he is known for his post presence, Vesely is a very good shooter and ball-handler.
Vesely is very athletic and capable of running the floor and shooting from behind the arc. Adding some bulk will only make Vesely a better player and a more dangerous presence in the post.
1. Derrick Williams, Arizona
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Derrick Williams showed the nation why he is one of the best players in all of college basketball in this year's NCAA tournament when he managed to lead the Arizona Wildcats to the Elite Eight.
Williams is a very solid power forward and can play small forward as well. He's the type of player a team can build around.