A look at the top five small forwards on offer at the 2013 NBA Draft.[caption id="attachment_16832" align="aligncenter" width="403"] Hoop365.com[/caption] The 2012-13 NBA season is over, the next big event on the calendar is the 2013 NBA Draft, which is under a week away. We've already taken a look at the best guards in this years draft class, now we turn our attention to the best small forwards available.
OTTO PORTER - GEORGETOWNAge: 20 Height: 6'9" Weight: 198lbs Otto Porter is the premiere small forward in this years draft class. He is a consistent scorer, who shot a very solid 42.2 percent form beyond the arc last season for Georgetown. Porter is lacking explosive quickness, but he makes up for it with his good shot selection. He will need to add a lot more strength to his body if he is going to compete with the big guys in the NBA, but that will come with time. Porter is one player that you will rarely see flustered or over roared by a situation. Porter will be a top five pick. I can see him going to Washington with the 3rd pick, teaming up with an already great core of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Washington have also shown interest in power forward, Anthony Bennett, it will be interesting to see who they select.
SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD - UCLAAge: 20 Height: 6'6" Weight: 222lbs This time last year, Shabazz Muhammad was looking like he was going to be a real contender to go number one in the 2013 Draft. His stock has fallen dramatically since then and there is a real chance that he could drift out to the late teens. Muhammad has a disastrous start to his days at UCLA, he was suspended for the first three games of the season for 'amateurism violations'. Muhammad is a scorer, he can score in bunches and when he is on, he is very difficult to stop. He will need to work hard on his defensive game, with his awareness on the defensive end often lacking. Shabazz Muhammad could be worth taking a risk on in this year's draft. He could be a great player in the NBA and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets picked in the top 10, but he could also drift out to the early 20s. I think he will be chosen somewhere in between, by Utah or Milwaukee, who hold the 14th and 15th picks respectively.
SERGEY KARASEV - TRIUMPH MOSCOWAge: 19 Height: 6'7" Weight: 197lbs Sergey Karasev is one of the very best international players on offer in this year's draft. He is a good size for a small forward, but like many young players, still needs to put on some bulk to be ready for the NBA. Karasev has already represented his country, Russia, at the Olympic level in London last year. This was a great learning experience for him and he certainly grew from it. One area Karasev needs to improve on is his shot selection, he tends to spend too much time behind the three point line, instead of mixing it up and giving defenders something to think about. It is looking more and more likely that the Atlanta Hawks will select Sergey Karasev. The Hawks have both the 17th and 18th picks in this year's draft, so he could get picked up in either of those two spots.
GIANNIS ADETOKUNBO - FILATHLITIKOSAge: 18 Height: 6'9" Weight: 196lbs Giannis Adetokunbo is another top international prospect, hailing from Greece. He has a huge wingspan of 7'3", allowing him to play 4 different positions on the floor. Adetokunbo is a great passer and ball handler for a guy of his size, with great balance to go along with it. There is a big question mark on just how good he can be though, with the level of competition he has played against in Greece being lower than that of the college system in the US. Which ever team selects Giannis Adetokunbo, they will be taking a risk. Will it be a risk that pays off? Only time will tell. I think Brooklyn will pick up Adetokunbo with the 22nd pick. If they do, it will be interesting to see if new coach, Jason Kidd can help him reach his full potential.
TONY SNELL - NEW MEXICOAge: 21 Height: 6'7" Weight: 198lbs Tony Snell has a shooting technique that is as good as anyone else's in this year's draft. Snell prefers to be a spot up jump shooter, rather than creating his own shot. He lacks good ball handling skills but with his terrific jump shot you can take that if you're an NBA GM. One criticism of Snell's game has been his inability to be consistently aggressive, he has been able to show bursts of aggression, but is unable to keep it going. Snell is a decent defender, without being great. It is certainly something he will look to improve on once drafted to an NBA team. Tony Snell will most likely find himself being drafted in the mid-to-late 20s. Teams with picks around that area are mainly Championship contenders that could use one more good player to take that next step, Tony Snell could be that player. I wouldn't be surprised if the Nuggets or Spurs select him, they hold the 27th and 28th picks respectively.
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, and our top five shooting guards here.