[caption id="attachment_16876" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Jeff Bottari / Getty Images[/caption] As the count down for the 2013 NBA Draft is in full swing, we continue to take a look at the talent on offer this year. This time we take a look at the top five power forwards who nominated for this year's draft.
ANTHONY BENNETT - UNLVAge: 20 Height: 6'7" Weight: 239lbs Anthony Bennett is the best power forward on offer in this year's draft. He is a great rebounder to go along with his scoring abilities, averaging 15.8 ppg last season while shooting a very healthy 52.6 percent from the field. Bennett has an amazing intensity at such a young age which will serve him well when he enters the NBA. The weakness for Bennett is his defensive game. He still needs to work on his defensive positioning, which isn't helped by his lack of speed. He may be slightly undersized for a power forward but his large wingspan of 7'1" certainly helps him compete against larger opponents Any lottery team would love to have this man on their team. Anthony Bennett will most definitely go top 10, the only question is where exactly he will go. I'm predicting that he will go Phoenix with the fifth pick. The Wizards have also shown interest, they hold the third pick.
CODY ZELLER - INDIANAAge: 20 Height: 7'0" Weight: 230lbs Cody Zeller is the younger brother of Cleveland big man, Tyler Zeller. I'm sure Cody will be aiming to step out of the shadows of his older brother and show he can be his own man. Zeller is a fantastic athlete and is quicker than what you might expect from a 7-footer, he uses his speed to his advantage on as many fast breaks as he can. He is a very unselfish player, bringing his teammates into the match whenever possible, sometimes this can be a weakness, passing up easy opportunities for himself to score. Zeller can also play the center position, adding to his value. Cody Zeller could get drafted anywhere between seventh to mid teens. He is a likable prospect with large upside, in which case I think he will get taken by Philadelphia with the 11th pick. Who knows what will happen with Andrew Bynum in the off-season, so it is likely they will be looking for a big as an insurance policy.
TONY MITCHELL - NORTH TEXASAge: 21 Height: 6'9" Weight: 236lbs Tony Mitchell is a pure athlete. He possesses a massive wingspan of 7'3", one of the biggest in this years draft. Mitchell uses his length and athleticism to his advantage with a great ability to shot block and rebound. Mitchell only connected on 43.7 percent of his shots from the field in his last season with North Texas to go along with only 28.9 percent of shots from beyond the arc. These numbers are the major reasons he will find himself drifting out to late first round. Tony Mitchell will most likely get drafted in the mid-to-late 20s. He would be a nice pick-up for a solid team, allowing him time to develop his game with leaders around him. I think the Knicks will select him with their first pick, number 24.
JACKIE CARMICHAEL - ILLINOIS STATEAge: 23 Height: 6'9" Weight: 241lbs Jackie Carmichael is an interesting prospect. He put up great numbers of 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for Illinois State last season. While his team had a losing record, Carmichael continued to show that he could make it to the NBA, catching the eye of scouts with drives to the rim. He has a body that is close to NBA ready and he isn't afraid to use it, absorbing contact well, grabbing rebounds and finishing at the rim. Another strength Carmichael has is his ability to run all day. He has a great fitness level, which will only get better when he joins an NBA team. Jackie Carmichael will be selected late in the first round or early second round. I can see Oklahoma City selecting him, they hold the 29th and 32nd picks, so they will most likely have a shot at him.
LIVIO JEAN-CHARLES - VILLEURBANNEAge: 19 Height: 6'9" Weight: 217lbs Livio Jean-Charles has been a consistent performer in France for a while now, but what caught the attention of scouts was what he was able to do at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit in April. He proved that he can compete against other highly regarded young guns by posting the very impressive stat-line of 27 points and 13 rebounds against the USA Junior National Select Team. Jean-Charles is quite a solid defender for his size and isn't afraid to go for any rebound that is in his vicinity. He still needs to work on his ball handling skills, which I'm sure he and any team looking closely at him are aware of. Because scouts haven't seen all that much of Livio Jean-Charles, his draft stock is widely debatable. The Spurs have shown interest and they hold the 28th pick but I don't think they will use their first pick on him. Sacramento have the 36th pick, which I think will be the more likely suitor.
The 2013 NBA Draft will take place on Friday 28th June at 9:00am AEST. This years draft is being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Where do you think these players will be drafted? Do you want your favourite team to pick up any of these young guns? You can check out our top five point guards here, top five shooting guards here, and our top five small forwards here.