NBA Mock Draft 2016: Small Forwards



Small Forward / 6-9 / Duke / Freshman
16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg

With length and shooting ability reminiscent of Kevin Durant, Ingram has played even better than expected. He had a solid high school career but never dominated like some of his peers and came into the season with a great deal of both promise and question marks. He has cashed in on the promise and answered the concerns, showing a level of focus and determination that has made him a highly effective player, on top of being such a high-level prospect. A kid who grew up as a skateboarder, Ingram has become one of Duke’s most consistent performers and leaders very quickly. While there’s little doubt about Simmons grabbing the No. 1 spot, Ingram has made a strong statement to be the second overall pick.

Twitter: @B_Ingram13
Comparison: Kevin Durant
Salary: $4,401,400*
Small Forward / 6-9 / Georgetown / Sophomore
11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Copeland is well liked by scouts for his shooting ability, versatility and size at the small forward ability. While not the most dynamic athlete, his 6-foot-9 size gives him an edge playing at the SF position. He lacks great length with a wingspan the same as his height, but has a mature game for an underclassman.

Comparison: Matt Harpring
Salary: $1,249,800*
Small Forward / 6-6 / Michigan State / Senior
18.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Valentine was the frontrunner for National Player of the Year honors with numerous triple doubles having lead Michigan State to an undefeated record, a month and a half into the season. But his knee required arthroscopic surgery forcing him to miss a few weeks of action. While his upside is limited due to his lack of size and athleticism, he’s a highly skilled player with a good chance to find a spot in the first round and league despite his athletic shortcomings.

Twitter: @denzelval45
Comparison: Jae Crowder
Salary: $1,105,800*
Small Forward / 6-8 / North Carolina / Sophomore
12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Jackson lacks a standout attribute but brings a high-level of intensity and solid all-around skills. He’s on the thin side and doesn’t have a fluid offensive game. But he finds ways to score and is an above average defender. His outside shooting and overall consistency has been disappointing this season, and he seems to be trending downward. If he can’t turn things around and become more consistent, he’ll likely be forced to return to school for his junior year.

Comparison: Rod Higgins
Salary: $1,026,300*
Small Forward / 6-7 / Mega Leks (Serbia) / 1995
15.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Luwawu has had a breakout season scoring 15 ppg in Serbia for Mega Leks and proving that he can knock down the three ball consistently at 36 percent on a high volume. He still needs to improve his mid-range game and consistency, but he’s a wing with promise as a defender due to his athleticism and length. Luwawu remains a bit of project but a player teams can target to draft and stash in Europe for a couple seasons.

Comparison: Thabo Sefolosha
Salary: $976,300*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2016-17.

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