NBA Draft 2013: LockerReport.com's Top Five Power Forwards

Jeremiah Short, Feature Writer

The Power Forward position doesn’t have a lot of depth, but the group is top heavy. Three of the players made it into top six of my upcoming Top 100 prospects. Norvel Pelle, a relative unknown to most who have been following the draft, comes out with the top spot.

In my Top Five Power Forwards, I will reveal their T.I.R.(True Impact Rating Explained), give a mini breakdown and detail where I think they fit best in the upcoming draft.

1. Norvel Pelle (6’11 207)


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College/International Team: LA City Prep
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2012-2013 Stats: N/A

Talent: 9
Skill: 8
Versatility: 8
Length: 8.5
Offensive Impact: 6.5
Defensive Impact: 7
Production: 5
Basketball I.Q.: 8
NBA Ready: 6.5
Potential: 9.5
It Factor: Yes

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 86

Strengths
+ Upside
+ Skill Set
+ Elite Talent

Weaknesses
– Inexperience
– NBA Readiness

Prospect Breakdown: I know you’re thinking: Who is Norvel Pelle? And my response would be the best big man in the draft. He was off the grid for the last two years due to academic issues, but his talent is unquestioned.

He’s an athletic power forward with a dynamic skill set–leading some to compare him to Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett. I don’t think I want to throw that on him yet. But he does have the talent to be the same type of Franchise cornerstone those players are.

No one is gutsy enough to take him in the first round, but he could be steal for any team that selects him in the second round.

Projected Draft Spot: Late 2nd Round to Undrafted
Best Value: Second Round
Best Team Fits: Boston, Chicago, Houston

Pelle Highlights

2. Nerlens Noel (6’11 206)


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College/International Team: Kentucky
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2012-2013 Stats: 10.5 ppg., 9.5 rpg., 4.4 bpg., 2.1 spg.

Talent: 8.5
Skill: 7
Versatility: 8
Length: 10
Offensive Impact: 6.5
Defensive Impact: 8
Production: 9
Basketball I.Q.: 8
NBA Ready: 7.5
Potential: 9
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 81.5

Strengths
+ Elite Shot Blocker
+ Athleticism
+ Production

Weaknesses
– Awkward
– Weight
– Raw Offensively

Prospect Breakdown: The best shot blocker in the draft. Point. Blank. Period.

Noel is coming off of a torn ACL, but that won’t deter teams from taking him in what most experts have deemed a weak draft. He will block shots at a high clip, albeit from the weak side. The 19-year old power forward was the heart and soul of this year’s Kentucky Wildcat team. That has to count for something, when speaking on intangibles.

The downside to Noel is that he will likely only be a great defensive player. Offensively, he’s very raw and I doubt he gets much better.

Just call him Marcus Camby circa 2013.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 5
Best Value: Mid Lottery
Best Team Fits: Phoenix, Cleveland, Washington

Noel Highlights

3. Anthony Bennett (6’7 240)


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College/International Team: UNLV
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Small Forward
2012-2013 Stats: 15.8 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 1.2 bpg., 38.3 3pp.

Talent: 8.5
Skill: 8.5
Versatility: 8.5
Length: 7.5
Offensive Impact: 8
Defensive Impact: 7
Production: 9
Basketball I.Q.: 7
NBA Ready: 8
Potential: 9
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 81

Strengths
+ Offensive Versatility
+ Strong Finisher
+ NBA Ready

Weaknesses
– Body Type
– Height

Prospect Breakdown: It’s apropos that Bennett went to UNLV–as he reminds me of Larry Johnson. He’s built like a power forward but has small forward skills, which should serve him well at the next level. And the freshman big man finishes with the best of them.

The two concerns I have about Bennett, though, is his height(6’6 without shoes) and body type. If he ever got a lazy during an offseason, I could see him throwing on 20 or 30 pounds easy.

With that being said, I think he should be taken top seven picks in the draft. He starts from day one and eventually makes a couple of All-Star games.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 7
Best Value: Top 7
Best Team Fits: Cleveland, Washington, Orlando

Bennett Highlights

4. Brandon Davies (6’10 234)


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College/International Team: BYU
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2012-2013 Stats: 17.7 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 2.4 apg.

Talent: 7.5
Skill: 8
Versatility: 8
Length: 8.5
Offensive Impact: 6.5
Defensive Impact: 7
Production: 8.5
Basketball I.Q.: 8
NBA Ready: 7.5
Potential: 8.5
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 78

Strengths
+ Post Skills
+ Passing
+ Length

Weaknesses
– Shot Blocking
– Range On Jump Shot

Prospect Breakdown: I have one question for talent evaluators: Why are you sleeping on this kid? He’s 6’10 big man with a post-game and good athleticism. And he has 9’0.5 standing reach. Big men with that combination don’t grow on trees.

Davies could stand to block a few more shots and extend the range on his jump shot, though.

Even with the flaws, Davies is a first-round talent.

Projected Draft Spot: Late Second Round To Undrafted
Best Value: Mid To Late First Round
Best Team Fits: LA Clippers, San Antonio, Oklahoma City

Davies Highlights

5. Jamelle Hagins (6’9 230)


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College/International Team: Delaware
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2012-2013 Stats: 11.6 ppg., 10.7 rpg., 2.4 bpg.

Talent: 7.5
Skill: 7
Versatility: 7.5
Length: 8
Offensive Impact: 6
Defensive Impact: 7.5
Production: 8.5
Basketball I.Q.: 8
NBA Ready: 7
Potential: 8
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 75

Strengths
+ Production
+ NBA Ready Body
+ Shot Blocking

Weaknesses
– Level Of Competition
– Good, Not Great, Athlete
– Jump Shot

Prospect Breakdown: Hagins is another underrated prospect. His stock has been rising, though, due to strong performances at the Portsmouh Invitational Tournament. It’s no surprise that Hagins is performing well. He has a solid post game, shot blocking skills and NBA ready body.

An understandable knock is that he didn’t play against the best competition at Delaware. Also, he needs to develop a reliable jump shot.

Hagins would provide good value for a championship caliber team looking to add depth to their front line.

Projected Draft Spot: Late Second Round to Undrafted
Best Value: Late First Round
Best Team Fits: San Antonio, LA Clippers, Chicago

Hagins Highlights

Honorable Mention: Vitalis Chikoko(74.5) Ryan Kelly(74), Tony Mitchell(74), Jackie Carmichael(74)

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