2011 Draft Preview: SMALL FORWARDS

With Cleveland poised to make a big splash in the 2011 Draft, the Cavaliers could look to improve the wing position.

Here's a quintet of small forwards who could be available when the Wine and Gold goes on the clock on
June 23....

Tobias Harris6-8, 223 – Born: July 15, 1992 (Dix Hill, NY) – College: Tennessee – Can rotate between forward positions, is extremely versatile; low-risk, high reward prospect; high basketball IQ; 6-8 with great handle for his size; not a consistent jumper yet; was impressive at the Combine in Chicago whose stock is rising; very consistent as a freshman at Tennessee – scored double-figures in every game but three; didn’t get big exposure in the Tourney after getting ousted in first round by Michigan; doesn’t have elite athleticism; maturity uncommon for a player who doesn’t turn 19 until July; broad shoulders with plenty of room to fill out; tireless worker; must become more consistent on the perimeter.

Kawhi Leonard6-7, 227 – Born: June 29, 1991 (Riverside, CA) – College: San Diego State – Former Aztec star had some of the most unique measureables at this year’s combines – with huge hands that rank among 7-foot centers and a 7-3 wingspan, the largest ever for a player 6-7 or under; has the size, athleticism and instincts to defend at least two positions at the next level; high-motor player; high release but unusual motion on his jumper; NBA-ready body; good in the open floor, solid ball-handler who can run off a rebound; underrated passer; excellent rebounder for his size – averaging 9.9 and 10.6 boards per game in his freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively; tends to fall in love with perimeter game; not great going left with his dribble; does a lot of things well, but doesn’t have a signature offensive move; one of the youngest players in his class.

Marcus Morris6-8, 230 – Born: September 2, 1989 (Philadelphia, PA) – College: Kansas – After uneventful freshman and sophomore seasons, Morris became one of the top forwards in the country as a junior; and inch shorter and 11 pounds lighter than his twin brother; not an overly impressive wingspan; efficient, confident scorer; versatile offensive repertoire; shot almost 60 percent from the floor with strong mid-range game; used to top-level competition; although not overpowering down low, uses solid footwork and sturdy frame to excel in the post; nice touch on his jumper; not afraid to put the ball on the floor with either hand; careful with the basketball, not turnover-prone; not viewed as an elite athlete; somewhat of a “finished product”; doesn’t play above the rim; not a good shot-blocker; NBA-ready and should be able to step in as a rotation player immediately.

Chris Singleton6-9, 230 – Born: November 21, 1989 (Canton, GA) – College: Florida State – One of the most versatile players – and best defenders – in college hoops last year; led Florida State to No. 1 overall defense in college ball last season; fantastic length for the position; good transition player; runs the floor hard; at 6-9, can defend four positions; ineffective free throw shooter; solid rebounder, especially on the offensive glass; has NBA three-point range; improved his offensive repertoire, but will probably make his living on the defensive end on the next level; blue-collar player; streaky shooter; unusual release on jumper; broke foot last February; lacks the ball-handling skills to make him a great slasher.

Jan Vesely6-11, 230 – Born: April 24, 1990 (Moravska Ostrava, CZ) – Could have been a Top 10 pick last year, but chose to return to Europe; great size and length for a small forward at 6-11; improved his shooting from last season and is much more comfortable shooting from long range; uses his length and athleticism to be a solid defender; the “Dunking Ninja” is capable of spectacular plays, but is not yet a consistent overall player; high motor, rarely takes plays off; has the explosiveness to get by defenders and the skills to finish when he gets to the rim; unlike some European players, the 21-year-old Czech looks to throw down emphatic dunks when he smells paydirt; very thin and can be bumped off track trying to reach the hoop; not a good rebounder and a poor free throw shooter; not a great ball-handler; passionate, emotional player.