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NBA Draft 2015: Small Forwards

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS

Small Forward / 6-7 / Arizona / Freshman
13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg

Johnson offers the Pistons a lot of value with both upside and the ability to contribute now at 8. They have a lot of needs and with a GM/coach (Stan Van Gundy) will likely opt for someone that won’t take forever to produce on the court. Hezonja and his connection with new front office person Arn Tellem is the dream scenario, however Hezonja is not expected to get to them.

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Comparison: Metta World Peace
Salary: $2,368,300*
Small Forward / 6-9 / Wisconsin / Freshman
13.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg

Dekker has been mentioned as a possible lottery pick and could easily end up going before teammate Frank Kaminsky. It’s no secret the Celtics are pushing hard to move up, using Marcus Smart and both of their picks (16 and 28) to get into the Top 10. This pick becomes difficult to project considering that the odds are strong that Boston won’t be selecting here.

Twitter: @dekker
Comparison: Chandler Parsons
Salary: $1,520,300*
Small Forward / 6-7 / Arizona / Sophomore
11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has proven that he’s willing to think outside the box and take a player off the radar, as he did last year drafting Bruno Caboclo. He loves athletes and Hollis-Jefferson is a tremendous athlete with length and good strength as well. He has had impressive workouts and with a green room invite, may be gone before this pick.

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Comparison: Bruce Bowen
Salary: $1,257,800*
Small Forward / 6-9 / UCLA / Freshman
11.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 apg

With his tenuous health, the Bulls could look for a back up PG for Rose and opt for one of the group potentially available (Grant, Jones, Wright, Rozier). they also have some decisions to make with their frontcourt members coming up on free agency. Looney is a solid kid with a lot of potential, but some concerns related to position and health (sports asthma), seem to have his stock slipping.

Twitter: @Loon_Rebel5
Comparison: Al-Farouq Aminu
Salary: $1,159,300*

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

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