NBA Draft 2015: Power Forwards


Power Forward / 6-11 / Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain) / 1995
11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Many scouts in Europe see “Zinger” as a no-brainer Top 5 pick. He has a diverse skill set, and great length and would bring a much needed shooter to a lineup of defensive minded players. The Magic need talent, and Porzingis offers a player who if he adapts to American culture and the strength of the NBA game can be an offensive standout. This is a match made in heaven, and an environment (smaller market, lower expectations, more patient fan base) that would likely give Porzingis his best opportunity to fulfill his potential.

Twitter: @kporzee
Comparison: Andrea Bargnani
Salary: $3,117,900*
Power Forward / 6-10 / Kentucky / Freshman
8.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg

Detroit is prepared to let Greg Monroe walk in free agency and Lyles would be a good replacement, giving them a PF whose face-up skills would mesh well with Andre Drummond. Lyles’ personality as a blue-collar worker and shy, non-attention seeker would also blend well with the city of Detroit.

Comparison: Juwan Howard
Salary: $2,177,100*
Power Forward / 6-11 / Texas / Freshman
10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.6 apg

Miami has made some changes to get younger. With a reborn Hassan Whiteside looking like their future center, a player with higher skill, better shooting and the ability to play both frontcourt positions like Turner is more appealing than Cauley-Stein for them. Stanley Johnson is another real option if here. Devin Booker is another player who has been mentioned as a possibility with this pick.

Comparison: Erick Dampier
Salary: $2,068,100*
Power Forward / 6-10 / Arkansas / Sophomore
17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek raved about Portis following his workout. He would give the Suns another versatile frontcourt option, and he’s also more NBA ready than a number of other prospects. This is another pick that could be dealt and further complicate accurately projecting the draft.

Twitter: @BPortistime
Comparison: Greg Monroe
Salary: $1,773,200*
Power Forward / 6-8 / Louisville / Junior
15.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 apg

Washington could look to go in a number of directions here with players such as Kelly Oubre or Jerian Grant, if available. Harrell would give them a young banger inside along with the flexibility to let some of their higher-priced frontcourt pieces explore free agency and not overspend.

Comparison: JJ Hickson
Salary: $1,310,300*
Power Forward / 6-10 / LSU / Sophomore
16.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg

A number of NBA sources have indicated that they believe there is a promise in place between Martin and the Grizzlies. While we give him an early second round value, he could end up being an excellent fit for a team that has arguably the best frontcourt in the league.

Comparison: Kenny Thomas
Salary: $1,025,700*
Power Forward / 6-11 / Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain) / 1994
10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg

The Spurs are known for drafting system players, and in particular Europeans. They would like to have as much cap space as possible to make a big splash in free agency with players such as LaMarcus Aldridge or Marc Gasol, so moving this pick or taking a draft-and-stash guy makes a lot of sense. Willy would like to stay in Spain another two years and prove himself for Real Madrid, giving the Spurs the luxury of time to evaluate his progress.

Twitter: @willyhg94
Comparison: Felipe Reyes
Salary: $991,600*
Power Forward / 6-8 / LSU / Sophomore
15.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg

As with their 16th pick, it’s difficult to know if the Celtics will really be picking here. Boston has a real interest in Mickey, so if they keep the pick there’s a real chance he gets taken here. They also have the 33rd pick so it’s possible that Mickey ends up going there as well.

Twitter: @Jmickey_02
Comparison: Andre Roberson
Salary: $957,200*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2015-16.

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