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 power forwards.
Within the position is plenty of versatility, especially with the first rounders. There's a pair of stretch players with extended range, talented rebounders, both young and old players who will take longer or shorter to develop. More so than any other position there's a difference in skill sets, which is good news for teams picking in the late lottery and mid-first round.
Here's a look at who Phillips and Strotman both rank in the top 5 of this year's shooting guard group.
1. Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia: Standing at 7-feet tall and showing potential as both an athlete and shooter, Porzingis has a high upside and put up good numbers against very tough pro competition.
2. Trey Lyles, Kentucky: The Wildcats had a litany of front court options and Lyles often emerged as the most complete scorer thanks to his advanced mid-range presence. Lyles is intelligent enough to play in different systems and produced in limited minutes.
3. Bobby Portis, Arkansas: The reigning SEC Player of the Year, Portis produced against great competition and has a high motor as an offensive rebounder. If Portis gets more consistent as a defensive rebounder and stopper, he could be a nice rotation player.
4. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: The team that selects Harrell is getting an undersized but high-motor player who should be active near the hoop. Harrell also uses a 7-foot-4 wingspan to be a bigger presence on the defensive end and he's a very good rebounder.
5. Kevon Looney, UCLA: During his only season at UCLA, Looney showed great upside as a rebounder and has some tools to work with going forward. But his first step is not great and his finishing ability over length left a lot to be desired.
1. Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia: The fastest rising prospect in the draft, he's drawn comparisons to a young Dirk Nowitzki and has the athletic prowess to compete from Day 1 on a team. High upside here, and could go as early as No. 4.
2. Trey Lyles, Kentucky: An NBA-ready body with the most complete inside-out game of any power forward. Lyles will get to show off more of his versatile offensive game in the NBA.
3. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Looks more like a linebacker than an NBA power forward, but don't mistake him for just a bruiser. If he can consistently knock down a 15-footer he'll be a steal in the late first round.
4. Kevon Looney, UCLA: Led all freshmen in double-doubles this season, has excellent length and an improving offensive game. A project, but Looney could be a gem late in the lottery.
5. Bobby Portis, Arkansas: The Razorback will thrive in an up-tempo system that lets him flourish both inside and out offensively, but questions remain about his defense and poor rebounding numbers.