NBA Mock Draft 2017: Power Forwards


Power Forward / 6-10 / Freshman / Duke

Giles is a gregarious, fun-loving kid who has a rare combination of strength, athleticism and shooting ability. After suffering major injuries to both knees in the past three seasons, there is understandable concern about his ability to both stay healthy and gain back 100 percent of his explosiveness. If he bounces back with the same type of speed and athleticism he showed following his first knee injury, he could easily be in the mix to be the top pick. Giles headlines a banner Duke recruiting class that includes other elite recruits like Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson and Marques Boldin.

Twitter: @HGizzle1
Comparison: Derrick Favors
Salary: $4,090,900*
Power Forward / 6-10 / California / Sophomore

Rabb made the surprising decision to return to Cal after a productive freshman year in which he was widely projected to be a lottery pick. He is a cerebral kid who despite not having elite level speed and agility, possesses a great feel for the game and developing post skills. He has really embraced the college experience and the team that ends up drafting him will be getting a mature, strong character guy who competes hard and seems to understand how to put the team ahead of personal accolades.

Twitter: @YoungIvee
Comparison: Tom Gugliotta
Salary: $2,215,400*
Power Forward / 6-11 / Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) / 1998

Hartenstein shows a lot of potential but has run into the injury bug over the past year essentially missing a year of development. He’ll look to get back on track this season. He’s a very good athlete by European standards and plays with good energy and desire. His offensive game shows a lot of intrigue as he can get the basket as well as knock down mid-range shots. His ability to get out in transition and make plays at his size also gives him a lot of intrigue.

Twitter: @Ipjh55
Comparison: Donatas Motiejunas
Salary: $1,999,500*
Power Forward / 6-10 / Kentucky / Freshman

For Bam apologists, he’s a smaller Dwight Howard. He’s a physically imposing big man who can affect games on both ends with his rebounding and all-around athleticism. He should be able to come in and be a force on the boards right away. Where he figures to struggle is with his offensive game as he doesn’t possess great touch or a legitimate set of post skills to this point.

Twitter: @IAmBam13_
Comparison: Markieff Morris
Salary: $1,899,500*
Power Forward / 6-7 / Michigan State / Freshman

Bridges is a powerful forward. Despite his lack length and height, he has been rated amongst the top prospects in his class. He’s a big-time leaper who plays with confidence and aggressiveness. Due to deficiencies in his shooting form, he may struggle some to score outside of garbage baskets around the rim and drawing fouls. Whether he can maintain a solid FT% will also be a good barometer for his draft stock.

Comparison: Trevor Booker
Salary: $1,144,500*
Power Forward / 6-8 / Syracuse / Senior

Roberson fits the mold of today’s undersized "energy" power forward. He understands his role and plays to his strengths well. While some NBA teams prefer to stay away from Syracuse players due to the defensive deficiencies they often enter the league with, Roberson has the length, foot speed and athleticism to evolve into an excellent defender in time. He still has a ways to go offensively, but his physical attributes and athleticism give him intrigue.

Twitter: @TRoberson21
Comparison: Montrezl Harrell
Salary: $1,017,800*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2017-18.

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