A look at where Sixers might gain some power

Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes. (Gerry Broome/AP)
Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes. (Gerry Broome/AP)
Posted: June 26, 2014

THE SIXERS could be tempted to add another presence in the post next to a healthy Nerlens Noel and Thaddeus Young, barring any trades on draft night.

Though their two first-round selections will be heavily relied on, the franchise holds five other picks, and there is plenty of value later in the draft, particularly the beginning of the second round. Here are the Daily News' expected top-five players at power forward, including how they fit with the team, based on the club's needs.

NOAH VONLEH

College: Indiana

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-9

2013-14 stats: 11.3 pts., 9.0 reb., 0.6 ast, 1.4 blk., 52.3 FG%, 48.5 3-PT%, 71.6 FT%

Comment: Vonleh is a little undersized for the "four," but makes up for it with incredible length and large hands. For the Sixers, he's a player who will run in transition very well following a rebound and add a piece to the transition offense that coach Brett Brown loves. He draws contact around the rim, is a capable shooter from midrange and rebounds well for his position. He compares to LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh, but the only glaring question is: Why didn't he really dominate at Indiana? He still needs to be taught a great deal at the next level to be elite, but his upside is very enticing, since he's still only 18.

JULIUS RANDLE

College: Kentucky

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-9

2013-14 stats: 15 pts., 10.4 reb., 1.4 ast., 19 double-doubles, 50.0 FG%, 70.6 FT%

Comment: He's lost some of his momentum headed toward the draft with concerns about his foot and whether he needs surgery, but Randle is still a physically imposing forward in the post area. He finishes around the rim with or without contact, and has a nice handle for a big man, with the potential to be a capable midrange jump-shooter. Combine this double-double machine on the other side of Noel and it's a match made in heaven. Compares to Paul Millsap from the Hawks, but lacks the size of a "four" and has limited length.

AARON GORDON

College: Arizona

Year: Freshman

Height: 6-9

2013-14 stats: 12.4 pts., 8.0 reb., 2.0 ast., 49.5 FG%, 35.6 3-PT%, 42.2 FT%

Comment: A very athletic and versatile big man who could potentially run the "three" and the "four" (primarily the "four") at the NBA level, depending on the lineup. Very explosive, with an outstanding first and second jump, and understands many defensive concepts, specifically defensive slides, rotation and help defense. But when it comes to his offensive tendencies, Gordon lacks many. He needs to improve his ballhandling, his comfort level with his back to the basket and his footwork; he picks up a lot of traveling calls. Gordon compares to Kenneth Faried, a high-energy player, and he can certainly be a role player in the league for a decade.

ADREIAN PAYNE

College: Michigan State

Year: Senior

Height: 6-10

2013-14 stats: 16.4 pts., 7.3 reb., 1.3 ast., 50.3 FG%, 42.3 3-PT%, 79.0 FT%

Comment: An explosive big guy who is very talented offensively and has greatly improved his perimeter shooting over the past year. Strong post player, and could be a great "pick-and-pop" guy in the NBA, and can spend a decade in the league as a role player. Even with his wingspan, he's not a smart shot-blocker and struggles with conditioning because of a reported lung problem and takes a while to shoot, because of a set shot. Compares to Drew Gooden and Markieff Morris.

JARNELL STOKES

College: Tennessee

Year: Junior

Height: 6-8

2013-14 stats: 15.1 pts., 10.6 reb., 2.0 ast., 53.1 FG%, 69.6 FT%

Comment: A hefty forward who will be a problem for opposing players to defend on the low block. He establishes position well around the basket and boxes out phenomenally, possibly the best rebounding big in the draft besides Randle, but plays with a high motor and high IQ. He draws a solid amount of contact to the rim, and, out of all the power forwards, he might play the best post defense of the bunch. The knocks on Stokes are that he's a bit closer to 6-7 than 6-8, though he combats his size with a 7-1 wingspan. Even with great post 'D,' he'll struggle against players who can face up and shoot the basketball, and he's a little limited offensively. That aside, Stokes is a quality big man who could be a good late first-round choice if the Sixers move up.

RANKINGS

1. Noah Vonleh

2. Julius Randle

3. Aaron Gordon

4. Adreian Payne

5. Jarnell Stokes


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