2016 NBA DRAFT POSITIONAL RANKINGS
TOP 10 POWER FORWARDS
The Power Forward class is very deep in players who have a lot of potential. Simmons should be the number 1 overall pick. Bender should be a top 5-7 pick at the least. After that there are 8 players in our top 10 who should be 1st round selections, meaning everyone on this list should be among the top 30 selections. In our opinion, there isn’t much separating each Power Forward ranked 3-10 from one another. They all have their negatives and positives. Click on each players’ name with their hyperlink to access their NBA Draft Profile.
We will list who we believe to be the top 10 Power Forwards available in the 2016 NBA Draft. We will also include what we think about each player. Some players are listed as PF/C, however we will only list the players we think will be primarily Power Forwards in the NBA. Here is our 2016 NBA Draft Positional Rankings for Power Forwards.
1.BEN SIMMONS: Simmons is perhaps the best NBA prospect since LeBron James over a decade ago. While there are rumors that the 76ers perhaps might not select Simmons 1st overall, don’t believe it. He is an extraordinary talent who just needs to develop a consistent jump-shot to be a perennial NBA All-Star. The sky is the limit with Ben Simmons.
2.DRAGAN BENDER: Bender is drawing comparisons to New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis. Bender has those same type of skills. He shouldn’t last past the 5th pick and can go high as number 3 to the Boston Celtics. There is always the case of uncertainty with international players, however, since they are very hard to gauge and scout.
3.DOMANTIS SABONIS: Sabonis is the son of former NBA player Arvydas Sabonis. He the the talent and size to play both the PF/C positions. He is also a very good passer just like his father. Sabonis plays with fearless aggression while on the court, which should endear him to a lot of NBA franchises.
4. MARQUESE CHRISS: Chriss is a player that seems to be rising up draft boards. He only played 1 year at the University of Washington. He is a “stretch-4” with great athletic ability. He has a chance to rise into the Top 10 come draft night.
5.HENRY ELLENSON: Ellenson had a fantastic freshmen season at Marquette. He has drawn comparisons to a young Kevin Love when he was at UCLA. Ellenson is a very talented youngster who should go in the top 10.
6. DEYONTA DAVIS: Davis came off the bench for the Spartans this past season, however scouts love his potential. He is another “stretch-4” type of player who shows an uncanny knack for blocking shots. It will take time for Davis to reach his ceiling, however his ceiling is very high.
7.STEPHEN ZIMMERMAN: Zimmerman is a player we have really liked since first seeing him last year in high school. While he needs to put on weight, he possesses very nice overall skills and in 3-4 years can be one of the better players that comes out of this draft.
8.CHEICK DIALLO: Diallo has had a lot go on in the past year. He was ruled ineligible to start the season. Once he was eligible, he had trouble getting minutes in a loaded Kansas front-court. However, that didn’t stop him from declaring for the draft. He will probably be drafted among the first 20 picks, although he is clearly not ready to play in the NBA.
9.BEN BENTIL: Bentil was part of a fantastic duo at Providence along with star PG Kris Dunn. He is an imposing presence and has an NBA ready body. His ability to play inside and out will make him a valuable commodity. He is just as talented as the players ahead of him on this list are. However, we have him at #9 because there have been real concerns about his character.
10.BRICE JOHNSON: Johnson had a monster season for the North Carolina Tarheels this past year. He finally put all the pieces together. In our early mock drafts we had him high up in the first round. However, as more players started declaring for the NBA Draft his stock started to slip because of the overall depth of the Power Forward position.
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This group of Power Forwards are very young with an abundance of potential. 6 freshmen are in our top 10. As previously stated, Simmons has a chance to be a phenomenal NBA player. The other 9 players we consider to be “boom or bust” types. We don’t believe anyone is a lock to have a great NBA career. However, the talent is all there for these 10 players to have good to very good NBA careers. It will be very interesting to see how things shake out during draft night.
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