2016 NBA Draft Positional Report
Power Forward Mock Selections



This new tool condenses 2016 NBA Mock Draft content from around WalterFootball.com. Below are all the 2016 NBA Mock Draft selections for the power forward position from Paul Banks' and David Kay's 2016 NBA Mock Draft and a summary from the WalterFootball.com 2016 Mock NBA Draft Builder.




Dave's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 4 Suns: Dragan Bender, PF, Maccabi Tel Aviv
    The Suns should be ecstatic if Bender drops to them at No. 4 since they have a glaring need at power forward, plus he is someone who can add versatility to the frontcourt since he is a multi-dimensional forward with great skill for his size. Marquese Chriss would be another option here.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 9 Raptors: Henry Ellenson, PF/C, Marquette
    Outside of Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors don't have a whole lot of depth or talent inside. Ellenson's multi-dimensional offensive attack would add some diversity and needed depth to the Raptors' frontcourt.

    Toronto owns the Nuggets' pick (via New York) from the Andrea Bargnani trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 11 Magic: Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky
    The Magic could use a boost in talent inside next to Nikola Vucevic. Labissiere is a still-developing big man who has the tools to be a major factor on both ends of the floor. He is a project and won't be a major contributor right away, but could pay huge dividends down the road.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 12 Jazz: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga
    With an already young core intact, the Jazz don't have any glaring needs, but could use some depth inside. The son of former NBA big man, Arvydas; Domantas Sabonis is an aggressive rebounder and fairly skilled offensive threat as well.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 16 Celtics: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State
    Since I have the Celtics going with Dunn at No. 3, they need to find size here since they have a few potential free agent bigs this summer. Davis possesses the physical attributes of a prototypical four-man in the NBA, but needs to become more well-rounded on the offensive end.

    Boston owns the Mavericks' first-round pick from the Rajon Rondo trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 25 Clippers: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina
    Johnson has blew up during his senior year thanks to his athleticism around the rim and improved jump shot. He could be a valuable contributor off the bench behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 28 Suns: Guerschon Yabusele, PF, Roanne
    An undersized, though physical, post presence, Yabusele is a potential draft-and-stash option for the Suns' third first-round pick. His ability to bang down low would some add future phsycality to the Phoenix frontcourt.

    Phoenix owns the Cavaliers' first-round pick (via Boston) from the Brandan Wright trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 29 Spurs: Ben Bentil, PF, Providence
    The Spurs have an aging frontcourt and could use some young options. Bentil was one of the most improved players in the country this past season as he can muscle down low in the paint, yet also step out and knock down jumpers.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 5 Celtics: Petr Cornelie, PF, Le Mans
    The Celtics enter the draft with five second-round picks, so expect the team to deal a few or draft some guys who can be kept overseas.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 10 Pelicans: Pascal Skiakam, PF, New Mexico State
    Flying under the radar nationally, Skiakam averaged 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds per game.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 11 Magic: Jarrod Uthoff, PF, Iowa
    Uthoff is a skilled forward with terrific range and touch on his outside shot.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 28 Celtics: Robert Carter, PF, Maryland
    Carter is an inside/outside threat who can stretch defenses with a nice face-up game.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 29 Kings: Joel Bolomboy, PF/C, Weber State
    Finishing third in the nation in rebounding this past season, Bolomboy also boasts a solid inside/outside game.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 30 Jazz: Zach Auguste, PF/C, Notre Dame
    After a breakout junior season, Auguste developed into a second-round prospect due to his size and skill.




Daves's 2016 NBA Mock Draft

Mike's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 6 Suns: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
    Williams should be in the NBA right now, but he stayed in school. Probably best as a NBA center, he is one of the best rebounders and shot-blockers in college, and an efficient scorer as well. The Suns could use a young center to groom, as Alex Len may not re-sign and Tyson Chandler might be traded this season.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 8 Knicks: Jaren Jackson, PF, Michigan State
    Jackson is the perfect modern power forward. He is a shooting big man, but also has athleticism and size, plus he would match well with Enes Kanter and Kristaps Porzignis, one of the league's best big man duos.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 22 Raptors: Wendell Carter, PF, Duke
    Carter's biggest weakness is that he isn't the most athletic talent, but he has skill and he works hard. The athleticism limits his potential some, but he is big and knows how to play the game, so he could still be a stud prospect. The Raptors have no real needs, so this is the best player approach for them, and Carter would fit as a Julius Randle type.




Mike's 2016 NBA Mock Draft


5 Most Commonly Picked Players
Dragan Bender, PF, Maccabi Tel Aviv, .
Appears on 175 mock drafts

Featured Writeup:
Knowing how deluded the Buss owners are, I could see them trying like hell to trade this pick for a star. That likely won't happen, so I see them going for the fences here. The Lakers have got to be kicking themselves for not taking the chance on Porzingis who is truly a unicorn playing basketball, so I see them trying to correct that mistake with this pick. Granted, I have not seen much tape on Bender (like most of us), but he seems to be nearly as talented as Porzingis. He has excellent stretch-4 potential, while also looking like a plus-defender at the next level. This pick really should be Ingram, but I think the Buss family throws us a curveball here.
 
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Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, Fr.
Appears on 175 mock drafts

Featured Writeup:
Toronto needs a power forward who can score and preferably space the floor a bit. Ellenson fits the bill, but his 3 point shooting percentage at Marquette was very disappointing (below 30%). I believe that playing alongside an outstanding point guard like Kyle Lowry would help Ellenson's efficiency considerably. His lack of elite athleticism and defensive struggles have lowered his stock a bit lately, but I think his offensive game fits what Toronto needs them most: frontcourt scoring. Deyonta Davis and Skal are interesting picks that I could see at this venture, especially considering Ujiri's audacity when drafting. With that said, Ellenson has the most polished offensive game and best scoring track record of the three.
 
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Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky, Fr.
Appears on 173 mock drafts

Featured Writeup:
The Bucks should trade back here and target Wade Baldwin, but I'm not projecting trades in this mock. If the Bucks stick here, I see them swinging for the fences with a true boom-or-bust selection with Skal. Skal is a skilled bigman with athleticism, but his lack of strength and experience really hurt him at Kentucky this past year. The Bucks don't have a true franchise big on their roster (Monroe should be traded, while Henson never seems to get consistent minutes) and if Skal pans out, Milwaukee will be one scary and long team.
 
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Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga, Soph.
Appears on 169 mock drafts

Featured Writeup:
The Raptors often buck prevailing trends and I expect them to do so again. There are PFs that seem to have higher ceilings than Sabonis but its hard to find a big who has had more success in his second year of college. The Raptors are betting on grit instead of upside, but sometimes one leads to the other. Rumors of Sabonis having a rapidly developing three point shot could prove well founded in his workouts. If the Raptors don't think his shot is broken, they get an NBA ready prospect that could both contribute on his rookie contract and mature into a star.
 
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Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina, Sr.
Appears on 140 mock drafts

Featured Writeup:
The Clippers desperately need front court depth and I think Brice Johnson could be a steal here. Johnson isn't a bruiser inside, but he gets the job done on the boards. He's not good offensively either. He's very athletic which help him possibly turn into an elite shot blocker and finisher at the rim.
 
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