True Impact Rating 2014: Top Five Power Forwards

Jeremiah Short, Feature Writer

The Power Forward is one of the more balanced groups–with a nice mix of skill and talent. There aren’t a lot of big names like the other position groups. But it’s a solid group overall.

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Julius Randle/Google Images

Julius Randle/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Julius Randle (6’9, 250)

College/International Team: Kentucky
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: None
2013-2014 Stats: 15.0 ppg., 10.4 rpg., 2.5 tpg.

Talent: 9
Skill: 9
Versatility: 8.5
Length: 6
Offensive Impact: 9
Defensive Impact: 7
Production: 9
Basketball I.Q.: 8
NBA Ready: 8.5
Potential: 9.5
It Factor: Yes

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 93.5
Overall Ranking: 2

Strengths
+ Dynamic Scorer
+ Great Athlete
+ Bull Mentality

Weaknesses
– Average Length
– Not Efficient On D

Prospect Breakdown: Randle is one of two “It Factor” prospects in the NBA Draft. He has his defensive issues, but his explosive talent and ability to score the basketball in so many dynamic ways. I’ve likened him to Zach Randolph with athleticism. He’ll be a double-double machine from day one. 

Projected Draft Spot: Top 10
Best Value: Top 3
Best Team Fits: Bucks, Lakers, Celtics

Randle Highlights

Noah Vonleh/Google Images

Noah Vonleh/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Noah Vonleh  (6’9, 247)

College/International Team: Indiana
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2013-2014 Stats: 11.3 ppg., 9.0 rpg., 1.4 bpg.

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 78.5
Overall Ranking: 13

Strengths
+ NBA Body
+ Good Skill Level
+ Rebounding

Weaknesses
– Stiff
– Good, Not Great Athlete

Prospect Breakdown: Vonleh is one of the more NBA-ready talents in the draft. He’s the type of big who can start from day one and eventually become a core piece to a contending team. With his lack of athleticism, I doubt he becomes a star. But he’ll have a nice ten year career.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 7
Best Value: 6-10
Best Team Fits: Suns, Wizards, Raptors

Vonleh Highlights

Clint Capela/Google Images

Clint Capela/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Clint Capela  (6’11, 222)

College/International Team: Chalon(France)
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2013-2014 Stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg., 1.5 bpg.

Tal
ent
: 9
Skill: 6.5
Versatility: 8
Length: 10
Offensive Impact: 6
Defensive Impact: 8.5
Production: 8
Basketball I.Q.: 6
NBA Ready: 7
Potential: 9
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 78
Overall Ranking: 15

Strengths
+ Explosive Athlete
+ Potential Defensive Anchor
+ Can Put Ball On Floor

Weaknesses
– Raw
– Body

Prospect Breakdown: Capela fits the Serge Ibaka mold–a big time shot blocker with incredible length and athleticism. He’s raw and will need seasoning…probably in Europe. But after he develops, he could be a defensive anchor.

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-First Round
Best Value: Late Lottery
Best Team Fits: Hornets, Nets, Raptors

Capela Highlights

Adreian Payne/Google Images

Adreian Payne/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Adreian Payne  (6’10, 239)

College/International Team: Michigan State
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2013-2014 Stats: 16.4 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 42.3 3pp.

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 77.5
Overall Ranking: 18

Strengths
+ Great Length
+ Explosive Athlete
+ 3-Point Shooting

Weaknesses
– Strength 
– Post Game

Prospect Breakdown: Payne is the classic stretch-four in today’s NBA. But he’s more than that–as he has the length to play Center and should be a good defender. He projected to go in the mid-to-late first round and that’s where he fits. 

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-First Round
Best Value: Mid-First Round
Best Team Fits: Raptors, Nets, Rockets

Payne Highlights

Norvel Pelle/Google Images

Norvel Pelle/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Norvel Pelle  (6’11, 210)

College/International Team: Delaware 87ers(D-League)
Primary Position: Power Forward
Secondary Position: Center
2013-2014 Stats: 5.5 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 1.4 bpg.

Talent: 9
Skill: 7
Versatility: 8
Length: 8.5
Offensive Impact: 7
Defensive Impact: 7
Production: 5
Basketball I.Q.: 6
NBA Ready: 6.5
Potential: 10
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 74
Overall Ranking: 36

Strengths
+ Upside
+ Defensive Potential
+ End-to-End Speed

Weaknesses
– Raw
– Size

Prospect Breakdown: I highlighted Pelle as one of the top prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft. But he withdrew due to an injury. He resurfaced in the D-League and is draft eligible. Still a big-time talent, the explosive forward could be a nice find for a team willing to take the time to develop him. 

Projected Draft Spot: Second Round to Undrafted
Best Value: Late First to Early Second Round
Best Team Fits: Pacers, Clippers, Rockets

Pelle Highlights

Overrated: Doug McDermott(67)
Sleepers: Jerrelle Benimon(73), Eric Moreland(70.5)

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