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

 Jeremiah Short, Feature Writer

There was a lot of depth in the small forward position–only rivaled by the point guard spot. If I could describe the players in this group, I would say that they are versatile, which is something that NBA teams value. Several of these guys got a first-round grade from me. Only five could make the cut,though. 

In my Top Five Small 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. Giannis Adetokounmbo (6’9 196)


Giannis Adetokounmbo/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College/International Team: Filathlitikos(Greece)
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Point Guard
2012-2013 Stats: 9.5 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 1.4 apg.

Talent: 8
Skill: 8.5
Versatility: 9
Length: 10
Offensive Impact: 7.5
Defensive Impact: 6
Production: 8
Basketball I.Q.: 8
NBA Ready: 6
Potential: 10
It Factor: Yes

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 91

Strengths
+ Upside
+ Versatility
+ Skill Set

Weaknesses
– Perimeter Shooting
– Has To Grow Into Body

Prospect Breakdown: Adetokounmbo or the “Greek Freak” has the most potential of any prospect in the NBA Draft. He’s 6’9 with the ability to play the point guard position. Due to his unique skill set, the 18-year prospect has been compared to Kevin Durant and Scottie Pippen. Lamar Odom is probably a fairer comparison, as he could eventually play some power forward in the NBA once he decides to come over from Europe.

If Adetokounmbo gets taken in the middle of first round, he will be one of biggest steals in recent memory.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 20
Best Value: Mid to Late Lottery
Best Team Fits: Atlanta, New Orleans, Portland

Adetokounmbo Highlights

2. Otto Porter (6’8 200)


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College/International Team: Georgetown
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Shooting Guard
2012-2013 Stats: 16.2 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 1.8 spg.

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 82.5

Strengths
+ Great Defender
+ Athleticism
+ Good Shooter

Weaknesses
– Strength
– Offense Creation
– Ball Handling

Prospect Breakdown: Porter is one the few prospects that can be defined as safe, while at the same time still possessing the potential to develop more as a player.

The former Hoya is an athletic wing player with great length, which makes it easy to project him as a potential elite perimeter defender. Along with his defensive prowess, Porter is a terrific perimeter shooter.

For Porter to reach his full potential, he will have to add 15 or 20 pounds. And work on his ball handling. Otherwise, he becomes another rangy small forward that can hit a spot up three.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 5
Best Value: Top 5
Best Team Fits: Cleveland, Washington, Sacramento

Porter Highlights

3. James Southerland (6’8 210)


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College/International Team: Syracuse
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Power Forward
2012-2013 Stats: 13.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 1.5 spg.

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 77

Strengths
+ Defensive Versatility
+ Length
+ 3-Point Shooting

Weaknesses
– Shot Creation
– Good, Not Great, Athlete

Prospect Breakdown: Through my evaluations, Southerland was a bit of a revelation. With a 7’1 wingspan and 8’10 standing reach, he brings tremendous value to the pro level. He can be a defensive stopper on the wing or slide over the power forward position in a small package. His ability to hit from three-point range will keep him from being a liability on the offensive end as well.

Southerland should have a career similar to that of Shane Battier. He just won’t get taken as highly as Battier did in 2001.

Projected Draft Spot: Early to Late Second Round
Best Value: Late Lattery To Mid First Round
Best Team Fits: Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago

Southerland Highlights

4. Dario Saric (6’10 223)


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College/International Team: Adriatic (Croatia)
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Power Forward
2012-2013 Stats: 7.7 ppg., 6.1 rpg.

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 76

Strengths
+ Perimeter Shooting
+ Passing
+ Solid Production

Weaknesses
– Foot Speed
– Strength

Prospect Breakdown: Saric puts me in the mind of a young Dirk Nowitski. He reminds me of Nowitski because he has the ability to play the three and four spots. And he can stroke it from three-point range like the Dallas Maverick. If Saric decides to stay in the draft (Reports suggest he may withdraw), whatever teams drafts him will have to wait a year. (Saric has stated that he will stay in Europe at least more season.)

I personally feel that teams should draft him anyway. Even if Saric never makes an All-Star game, he will score in bunches and stretch defenses.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 15
Best Value: Top 15
Best Team Fits: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cleveland

Saric Highlights

5. Maurice Kemp (6’8 176)


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College/International Team: East Carolina
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Shooting Guard
2012-2013 Stats: 19.1 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 2.3 apg., 1.6 spg., 1.1 bpg.

Talent: 8
Skill: 7
Versatility: 8
Length: 9
Offensive Impact: 6
Defensive Impact: 7.5
Production: 9.5
Basketball I.Q.: 6
NBA Ready: 6.5
Potential: 8
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 75.5

Strengths
+ High Flyer
+ Production
+ Length

Weaknesses
– Strength
– Perimeter Shooting

Prospect Breakdown: Kemp is a Corey Brewer clone, but is a little better athlete. He isn’t high on any draft boards but probably should be. His production, length and athleticism warrant it.

Kemp did play against mid-major competition. But numbers don’t lie. He does need to develop a jump shot and get locked in a weight room.

If a team is willing to draft him and let him grow, he could turn out to be a nice find.

Projected Draft Spot: Undrafted
Best Value: Early Second Round
Best Team Fits: Boston, Denver, LA Clippers

Kemp Highlights

Honorable Mention: James Ennis (74), Shabazz Muhammad (73.5), C.J. Aiken (73.5)

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