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Top 5 Power Forwards in 2014 NBA Draft

Top Power Forwards in the 2014 NBA Draft

Julius Randle
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A couple of these power forwards are probably on everyone’s top five list. One or two may not be, though. Still, all five have all of the talent in the world. Let’s take a look at the top five PFs in the 2014 NBA Draft. Spoiler alert: Three freshmen made the list.

5. Noah Vonleh, Indiana

Noah Vonleh
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5. Noah Vonleh, Indiana

Noah Vonleh
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Noah Vonleh will probably go in the top 10, so I am sure not many people would agree with him being No. 5. Regardless, his stock is based a lot on potential, rather than being NBA-ready. Still, Vonleh has the athleticism, he can defend, rebound and so much more. I wouldn’t blame a team for picking up Vonleh in the top five -- his potential is very high -- but he is the one big-name freshman who couldn’t lead his team to the tourney this year.

4. Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Adreian Payne
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4. Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Adreian Payne
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So what if Adreian Payne isn’t a freshman, he is one of the best players in this summer’s draft. He stands at 6-foot-10 and shot 42.3 percent from behind the arc this season. He also averaged 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. Plus, he is athletic.

3. Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Aaron Gordon
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3. Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Aaron Gordon
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Aaron Gordon at No. 3? Yes, Gordon at No. 3. Can Gordon be a superstar at the next level? Of course, he definitely has the potential for that. However, I have two players ahead of him. He is very athletic and a great defender, but his offensive game needs some work.

2. Mitch McGary, Michigan

Mitch McGary
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2. Mitch McGary, Michigan

Mitch McGary
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This is the one player who many people may disagree with. Mitch McGary’s stock took a hit this year, but the talent and potential is still there. He was so awesome in the 2013 NCAA tournament, is a rebounding machine, has a great motor and could be a force in the paint at the next level. Maybe I am steering the Mitch McGary train too high, but I still believe he has a bright future in the NBA.

1. Julius Randle, Kentucky

Julius Randle
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1. Julius Randle, Kentucky

Julius Randle
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This one is kind of hard to argue. Julius Randle is one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft, he is a double-double machine and like McGary, he could be a force in the paint. Randle was the best player on the most talented team in the country this year. That has to count for something.

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