In the third installment, we take a look at the small forwards. As in past years, the position is loaded with talent in the NBA Draft. Look for these four guys make an immediate impact on their respective franchises.
1.) Michael Porter Jr. – Missouri, Freshman
Michael Porter Jr. surprised a lot of people when he committed to Missouri, but his college career was almost over before it started. Porter Jr. suffered a back injury which ended up requiring surgery.
He appeared in just 3 games this past season, totaling 58 minutes. Sitting out virtually the entire season will likely cost him being the first overall pick of this year’s draft.
But despite his lack of playing time this past season, his talent is undeniable and his still expected to be a top-10 pick. The only question is — where in the top-10 will he land?
2.) Mikal Bridges – Villanova, Junior
Mikal Bridges was a huge part of this year’s Villanova National Championship run, where he averaged 17.7 ppg and shot 51.4% from the field.
Bridges value is in his versatility. This past season he showed that he can defend multiple positions while also scoring on the offensive end.
At 6’7”, Bridges can spread the floor and help an offense flow. He has the ability to shoot, while also putting it on the floor and getting to the basket.
3.) Kevin Knox – Kentucky, Freshman
Kevin Knox was part of an up-and-down Kentucky squad this year. But even with the rollercoaster season his team had, he found a way to average 15.6 ppg.
Knox is different from other freshman drafted out of Kentucky as he’s not as polished of a basketball player. But, as one of the top athletes in this year’s draft, his potential is through the roof.
Knox’s mid-range game is good and it will only get better once he gets to the NBA. However, he will need to get stronger, as he’ll have to be more physical at the next level.
4.) Miles Bridges – Michigan State, Sophomore
Miles Bridges burst out of the gate this season as one of the hottest players in college basketball, but he started to level off as the season went on.
Bridges went on to average 17.1 ppg, while also grabbing 7 boards per game in a disappointing season for Michigan State. But despite his top-level talent, he is surrounded by a lot of questions marks.
Many wonder what position Bridges will actually play. Also at 230 lbs, Bridges will need to trim a little bit of weight in order to remain competitive for the long, strenuous NBA season.
In spite of these questions, though, Bridges should be a lottery selection.
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