In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, College Basketball Talk's Scott Phillips and Bulls Talk contributor Mark Strotman are analyzing the top 5 players at each position.
Today the pair look at small forwards. Justise Winslow has separated himself from the rest of the pack, but past him there are four other players who all could be selected in front of each other. It's a difficult position to break down this year, but also an important one. With LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and others turning in dominating performances, finding a player who can either defend or score with the elite players at the position is a must for NBA front offices.
Here's a look at who Phillips and Strotman both rank in the top 5 of this year's shooting guard group.
1. Justise Winslow, Duke: A power wing coming off of a great freshman season at Duke, Winslow shot 41 percent from the 3-point line and can also attack defenders off the dribble. The multi-positional Winslow is also a plus defender who can rebound and push the ball.
2. Stanley Johnson, Arizona: At 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, Stanley Johnson is a bruising wing who can operate some pick and roll and improved as a 3-point shooter. Johnson also has a 6-foot-11 wingspan and can defend multiple positions thanks to his size and quickness.
3. Kelly Oubre, Kansas: After an up-and-down season at Kansas, Oubre opted to go pro and he has the potential to be really good. A prototypical wing with a smooth jumper and 7-foor-2 wingspan, Oubre is cable of being a two-way wing if he puts in the work to be great.
4. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin: Sam Dekker played his best basketball of the season -- and finally at full health -- during March. He's a better athlete than people give him credit for and he can make plays at the rim. Is his perimeter shooting good enough for an NBA wing?
5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona: A multi-positional defender who can rebound at his position with the best of them, Hollis-Jefferson is an athletic, high-motor guy who is best in the open floor. Hollis-Jefferson needs to work on his skill level on the offensive end to earn a bigger role.
1. Justise Winslow, Duke: What's not to like about the consensus top-5 pick? He's a potential franchise foundation with his ability to defend multiple positions and score in a variety of ways. He's got very few weaknesses and he's oozing with upside. In the right fit he very well could be the Rookie of the Year frontrunner.
2. Stanley Johnson, Arizona: Hes NBA-ready, touting a chiseled 6-foot-7 frame and a knack for scoring, leading the Wildcats with 17.6 points per game a year ago. He's got solid athleticism and quickness, which will help him as a versatile defender at the next level.
3. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin: Don't mistake Dekker for simply a shooter; he's going to be a versatile scorer at the next level, and if he finds some more consistency with his outside shot he's going to find a spot in an NBA rotation.
4. Kelly Oubre, Kansas: Oubre has the perfect build for an NBA small forward. He'll likely be a project in his first few seasons, but the potential is there for him to blossom into a real player.
5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona: One of the best defenders in the class, Hollis-Jefferson can guard multiple positions and plays well around the rim. If he ever develops a jumper (a big if) he could be a solid rotation guy. Still, there's little risk in drafting him because he's going to defend and defend well.