True Impact Rating 2014: Top Five Small Forwards

Jeremiah Short, Feature Writer

The Shooting Guard position wasn’t top heavy but had incredible depth. The Small Forward is the exact opposite…top heavy with just solid depth overall. Five of the top 14 True Impact Rating players are Small Forwards.

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Kyle Anderson/Google Images

Kyle Anderson/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Kyle Anderson  (6’9, 230)

College/International Team: UCLA
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Power Forward
2013-2014 Stats: 14.6 ppg., 8.8 rpg., 6.5 apg.

Talent: 6
Skill: 9
Versatility: 8.5
Length: 10
Offensive Impact: 8
Defensive Impact: 6.5
Production: 9
Basketball I.Q.: 9
NBA Ready: 7.5
Potential: 9
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 82.5
Overall Ranking: 3

Strengths
+ Basketball I.8.
+ Offensive Versatility
+ Perimeter Shooting

Weaknesses
– Conditioning
– Athleticism

Prospect Breakdown: Anderson, who’s been nicknamed “Slow Mo”, is one of the more versatile prospects in the draft. He’s 6’9 but sees the court like a point guard. He doesn’t possess the necessary athleticism to play the point guard position at the next level. But he could distribute just as well from the three or four position.

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-First Round
Best Value: Late Lottery
Best Team Fits: Mavericks, Knicks, Pelicans

Anderson Highlights

Jabari Parker/Google Images

Jabari Parker/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1b. Jabari Parker  (6’8, 241)

College/International Team: Duke
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Power Forward
2013-2014 Stats: 19.1 ppg., 8.7 rpg., 1.2 bpg.

Talent: 8
Skill: 9
Versatility: 8
Length: 7.5
Offensive Impact: 8.5
Defensive Impact: 6
Production: 10
Basketball I.Q.: 9
NBA Ready: 8
Potential: 8.5
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 82.5
Overall Ranking: 3

Strengths
+ Wiggle To Game
+ Explosive
+ Highly Skilled

Weaknesses
– Tweener
– Body
– Upside

Prospect Breakdown: Originally, I rated Parker as a Power Forward. But after some consideration, I decided to project him as small forward. He’s the classic “tweener” who doesn’t have a true position. The National Player of the Year should still get buckets at the next level. He won’t ever be the best player in the league or a multiple time All-Star. What he will do is score and score big. And that’s valuable in today’s NBA.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 3
Best Value: 6-10
Best Team Fits: Jazz, Wizards, 76ers

Parker Highlights

Damien Inglis/Google Images

Damien Inglis/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Damien Inglis  (6’9, 240)

College/International Team: France
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Power Forward
2013-2014 Stats: N/A

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 81.5
Overall Ranking: 5

Strengths
+ Versatile Offensive Talent
+ Freakish Length
+ Great Defensive Potential

Weaknesses
– Not a Shot Blocker

Prospect Breakdown: Inglis was a late find in my evaluation process. But he was a revelation. The versatile three man has the ability to play from the perimeter and the post–with an incredible vision as a passer. He ‘s the perfect fit for the “Triangle” offense as a passing big or small forward. Imagine a more athletic Anthony Mason…that’s Inglis.

Projected Draft Spot: Second Round to Undrafted
Best Value: Mid-First Round
Best Team Fits: Knicks, Suns, Raptors

Inglis Highlights

Andrew Wiggins/Google Images

Andrew Wiggins/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Andrew Wiggins  (6’8, 200)

College/International Team: Kansas
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Power Forward
2013-2014 Stats: 17.1 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 1.2 spg.

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

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 79.5
Overall Ranking: 9

Strengths
+ Explosive Leaper
+ Potential Elite Scorer
+ NBA Ready

Weaknesses
– Can’t Initiate Offense
– Lack of Positional Versatility
– Lateral Quickness

Prospect Breakdown: Wiggins was at one point the consensus top pick in the draft. Now he’s battling out to be the first pick. While I don’t have the same love affair with him as most analyst, he does possess incredible explosiveness in the open court. He won’t be the franchise player some think he can become. But he’ll make a few All-Star teams as an elite perimeter scorer.

Projected Draft Spot: Top 3
Best Value: 6-10
Best Team Fits: Cavaliers, Wizards, 76ers

Wiggins Highlights

Rodney Hood/Google Images

Rodney Hood/Google Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Rodney Hood  (6’9, 201)

College/International Team: Duke
Primary Position: Small Forward
Secondary Position: Shooting Guard
2013-2014 Stats: 16.1 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 2.1 apg., 42.0 3pp.

Talent: 7.5
Skill: 8.5
Versatility: 8.5
Length: 5
Offensive Impact: 8
Defensive Impact: 6.5
Production: 9
Basketball I.Q.: 9
NBA Ready: 7.5
Potential: 9
It Factor: No

True Impact Rating (T.I.R.): 78.5
Overall Ranking: 14

Strengths
+ Offensive Versatility
+ Perimeter Shooting
+ Can Initiate Offense

Weaknesses
– Needs to add 20 pounds
– Length

Prospect Breakdown: Hood wasn’t the most talked about Duke Blue Devil…playing second fiddle to Jabari Parker. But he has the most potential at the pro level. He’s a versatile offensive player who can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward. He doesn’t have the length to be a dominant defender at the small forward, though. He’s likely have to guard two’s and one’s in the NBA. But his basketball I.Q. will make up for some of physical deficiencies. He  possibly slips out  the lottery and provides great value for a team in the middle of the first round.

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

Hood Highlights

Overrated: None
Sleepers: LaQuinton Ross(77.5), 

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