2010 NBA Draft – Power Forwards
Need a power forward next season? You’re in luck.
The “bigger and better” trend we illustrated last week has continued on with the 2010 NBA Draft power forward class. This position is stacked with quality prospects, offering a wide array of skill packages. You’ve got the long, young, athletic types (Derrick Favors, Ed Davis), the skilled yet mysterious Europeans (Donatas Montiejunas, Jan Vesely) — even some “old” prospects who have improved their stock by staying in school (Patrick Patterson). So if your team is looking for a quality 4-man for next season, you’re in luck.
1) Derrick Favors | Georgia Tech | Freshman
The top-rated high school prospect in 2009 (yes, even ahead of John Wall), Derrick Favors is one of a handful of players in the running to go second overall in June. He’s extremely long and athletic and has proven to be one of the top rebounders in college this season. Should have a long NBA career with All-Star potential.
2) Ed Davis | North Carolina | Sophomore
Ed Davis’ stock has been rising and falling like the tide, with it now apparently on the rise again. The 6’9″ lefty (don’t underestimate the importance of left handedness) already has eight double-doubles this season and is posting a real impressive statline of 16 & 10 as well as three blocks a game. Should end up going in the top 10 or perhaps top five in the draft.
3) Patrick Patterson | Kentucky | Junior
Overshadowed by all the John Wall hoopla is the continued development of teammate Patrick Patterson’s game. The rugged power forward has wisely added an outside shot to his repertoire (he’s already in double-digits in three-pointers made this season after not hitting any his first two years) and has improved his stock so much that he now appears to be a legit top 10 prospect. See kids, staying in school can be cool!
4) Donatas Montiejunas | Benetton Treviso | 1990
Another lefty, 7-foot Lithuanian Donatas Montiejunas is still an intriguing prospect, despite his stock dropping a bit recently. He’s still a work in progress, but Montiejunas is a skilled offensive player with the ability to put the ball on the floor and take his man off the dribble or work in the low post. He’s currently getting valuable experience in the Italian pro league.
5) DeMarcus Cousins | Kentucky | Freshman
John Wall shouldn’t be the only Kentucky freshman to be drafted in the top 10 this June — DeMarcus Cousins is also projected to go before pick number 11 rolls around. Currently only playing about 20 minutes a game, Cousins is putting up ridiculous numbers — 15 points, 10 boards and two blocks a game. Accordingly, his stock is on the rise.
Next in line:Ekpe Udoh, Baylor; Greg Monroe, Georgetown; Larry Sanders, VCU; Jan Vesely, KK Partizan Belgrade; Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech.
Next up: Centers
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