By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on June 16, 2014
Small forward may be one of the deepest positions in the NBA. Particularly at the top with LeBron James and Kevin Durant, there’s a ton of talent at the small forward in the league already. The 2014 NBA Draft will only bring more talent to the positions. These 10 guys are the best small forwards in the draft class.
Though Robinson felt the negative effects of no longer having Trey Burke alongside him this season, he was still productive and still exudes talent. He’s got length, size, and youth all on his side as he enters the pro ranks and should wind up being
Had it not been for Wichita State’s undefeated run, Cleanthony Early might’ve flown way under the radar. However, the run happened and now people have seen how talented the forward is. He has NBA size and a ton of skill on both ends of the floor. His upside is limited, but he should fit right in when he gets to the Association.
After a productive junior season with Clemson, there’s so much to like about McDaniels as a prospect. He has NBA-ready size, athleticism, ball-handling and instincts. If he can further develop his outside shot, he could be a force in the NBA in the coming years.
Grant’s numbers in his sophomore season at Syracuse weren’t staggering by any measure, but he showed that he’s able to do a number of things well. When you couple that with youth and NBA-ready size, Grant’s an intriguing prospect when you consider the development that lies ahead of him.
Hood is one of the hardest prospects to rank simply because we don’t know just how good he can be. He was productive in his sophomore season at Duke, but was playing second-fiddle to Jabari Parker in their offense. He’s extremely talented all over the floor, but there’s still the unknown that raises some question with him moving forward.
Warren was a monster in his sophomore season at NC State, averaging just under 25 points for the Wolfpack and basically being an offensive monster. It’s clear that the NBA skill is there, but you have to wonder if this past season was him being heavily featured in the offense and a tad bit of lightning in a bottle. Regardless, he should be able to succeed in the NBA.
While Anderson is not projected to go ahead of some of the guys he’s ahead of on this list, but there’s so much to like about him as a prospect. He has size and strength ready for the NBA. More importantly, he’s a player who can impact the game all over the box score. Still just 20 years old and with the skills he has, I like Anderson a great deal in this draft class.
Doug McDermott put concerns about his athleticism to rest at the Draft Combine by showing impressive measurable numbers. McDermott is a flat-out offensive monster on top of that, which should almost positively translate to the NBA. There are still some concerns about him, but I think he’s going to be a high-quality player at the next level.
There’s still some question about whether or not Saric will stay in the draft, but if he does he’s one of the most intriguing prospects. Though he has the size and length of a four, he plays the game like a three and has the offensive arsenal of a three. If he comes over, Saric could develop into a fantastic player in the NBA.
If you haven’t heard about what Andrew Wiggins has to offer at this point, you must have been living under a rock for quite a while. Though he’s still young and needs development, his potential is unreal, as are his natural gifts. There’s good reason many consider him to be the best prospect in this draft.
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