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Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

Posted on: August 9, 2009 8:08 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2009 9:11 pm
1. Kevin Garnett 6-11 Boston Celtics

Analysis: The heart and soul of the Boston Celtics. His value is showed by how inept the Celtics defense was without him during the playoffs. The Boston Celtics have the best record in the league while Kevin Garnett is healthy.

2. Tim Duncan 7-0 San Antonio Spurs

Analysis: Is exactly what you want in big man. He scores in the post, can run the pick and roll, block shots, rebounds, and has the will to win. Won 4 Championships and essentially is equal to Kevin Garnett in productivity.

3. Pau Gasol 7-0 Los Angeles Lakers

Analysis: Best post moves in the league. Scores in the post with the left hand or right hand. Solid 17 footer. Underrated defender that may not be physical, but his long arms which are used to block and contest shots. Shot an insane 56.7% from the field.

4. Amare Stoudemire 6-10 Phoenix Suns

Analysis: Even after injures, Stoudemire is the still the most athletic big man in the league. Averaged 21.4 pts and 8.0 rebs shooting almost 54% from the field.

5. Dirk Nowitzki 7-0 Dallas Mavericks

Analysis: Led all Power Forwards in scoring and was extremely productive during the playoffs.

6. Chris Bosh 6-10 Toronto Raptors

Analysis: Averaged 22.7 points and 10 rebounds. Would higher but hasn't had any postseason in his career.

7. David West 6-8 New Orleans Hornets

Analysis: Runs the pick and roll well with Chris Paul and is and averaged 21 pts per game last season.

8. Carlos Boozer 6-8 Utah Jazz

Analysis: Very good low post scorer and runs the pick and roll perfectly with Deron Williams. Would be higher on the list but is a very poor shot blocker and cannot stay healthy.

9. Josh Smith 6-9 Atlanta Hawks

Analysis: Super athlete is one of the most versatile players on the game. He can drive to the hole, shoot 20 footers, and is one of the best shot-blockers in the game. If he gets his head straight stops pulling up for 3's when everybody who is guarding is slower than him then he could be an all-star.

10. Antwan Jamison 6-9 Washington Wizards

Analysis: Great inside scorer and rebounder. Always puts around 20 and 10. Poor shot blocker, but plays decent position defense.


Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 12:03 am

Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

I rate this post as a fairly decent to good interpretation and analysis. All of the players that are mentioned here are all stars except my boy Josh Smith. I am very pleased that you noticed his talent because nobody does! He is a bona-fide all star because he averages about 18 ppg,8 rpg,and 2 blks. I am surprised he was never an all star and for a guy that erases so many shots in the league, the guy cannot even make it to the all defensive 2nd team. Thats right, 2nd team! He can make it to first, but everything he does goes unnoticed. On the other hand, Lamarcus Aldridge and Lamar Odom are guys I think that can be mentioned here or at least noticed as "snubs". Carlos Boozer is a great player,but bad luck hits him with injuries, the same can be said about Amare Stoudemire. Also, Boozer plays the passing lanes fairly well because he can average about 1.2 steals per game.Pau Gasol is very underrated defensively because records show that he averages 1 blk per game last season. He has a long wing span that can disrupt shots and block a few. David West is a great all around offensive player but I question his overall defense. That being said, the top 10 power forwards listed in this are very accurate.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2009 9:06 pm

Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

I have David Lee as power forward, but I couldn't put him on this list above Zach Randolph, LeMarcus Aldridge, Troy Murphy, Paul Milsap, or Josh Smith who i just noticed I didn't have on my list.

I would have to put Zach higher because he produces better numbers than David Lee. David Lee is a better has more hustle in him and is  more athletic, but Randolph is just as almost as effective as a rebounder and has a better skill set.

I would put Aldridge higher because he is a better post player and is better shot-blocker.

I would put Murphy higher because he does everything David Lee does but he has a bigger body and has more range on his jump shot.

I would put Paul Milsap on my list above lee because when he starts he has the same presence as Lee on the boards, but he also a better shot-blocker.

I am going to add Josh Smith to my list and remove Rasheed Wallace because I understand where coming from with sheed and his lack of effort.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2009 7:00 pm

Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

I know you base much of your rankings on success, i.e. winning, especially in the playoffs. Even so there a couple of players that I'd  move around here.
Dirk Nowitzki is a great scorer, but an awful defensive player.  Chris Bosh should be above him due to his overall game, even if his team isn't there with him.
Boozer is hurt so often he's hard for me to see being higher than Antwan Jamison.

And Rasheed Wallace no longer can be on a top ten list.  I know you stipulated "when healthy and motivated" , the only problem is that doesn't happen anymore.  Coming from a Pistons fan, he is old, lazy, mouthy, and so damn frustrating to watch night in night out.  Rasheed could be much higher than 9 if he really wanted to.  He just doesn't work hard anymore, maybe that will change with the Celtics, don't think the odds are very high though.  David Lee should be up here instead, he's tough on both ends.  But as a Knicks fan I'm sure you have your reasons for leaving him off?  (Did you count him as a center?)

Nice work keeping Tim Duncan in the top 2.

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