The power forward position has been slowly evolving over the years, and this group may be the most versatile, and most diverse, class in years. The focus has started to move to more perimeter-based offensive players, but many teams still like to employ a strong power forward who can play physical around the basket. Luckily for teams, they should be able to find what they want in this group.

Here are the Top 5 Power Forwards:

Anthony Bennett, Freshman, UNLV – Offensively skilled with an NBA-ready body, Bennett impressed many wit his ability to score around the basket and hit his long-range jumper with some consistency. He is explosive enough to finish above the rim and he can use his strength to be a good rebounder on both ends of the court. Defense is where Bennett really suffers, and he is likely a couple of seasons away from being even an average defender, really needing to learn a lot of the fundamentals needed. Still, Bennett will be a good NBA scorer almost immediately and he has the potential to develop more rather quickly.

Cody Zeller, Sophomore, Indiana – Some may debate whether Zeller belongs here or with the centers, but in my mind it is clear that his NBA future is at the 4. His game is based on solid fundamentals, especially on offense where he has a variety of post moves to go with a good mid-range jumper. On the defensive side, Zeller has good awareness and uses skill more than strength to guard the post area. Where Zeller really shines in transition as he runs the court extremely well and can get out ahead of the pack and finish on the break.

Kelly Olynyk, Junior, Gonzaga – Similar to Zeller, I believe Olynyk would be most effective if played at the 4 in the NBA. Olynyk redshirted between his sophomore and junior seasons to work on his game and the result was a season which had him in some conversations for National Player of the Year. His perimeter game is where he saw the biggest change and his ability to start knocking down 17 footers consistently opened up the floor for the Zags’ offense. He has an average post-game, but he is not good against physical defenders. In fact, he tends to spend more time on the perimeter if you are going to play physical defense on him. Also, he needs to work on becoming a better defender in both the post and on the perimeter, but he certainly could help some teams right away on offense.