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NBA Positional Rankings - PF

Posted on: September 16, 2008 4:43 am
Edited on: September 16, 2008 4:45 am
Right, CBS are releasing their lists of top ten players in each position every second day, so I'll release mine the day before. Their list of centers that came out today was horrible, they had Greg Oden in at number 8 and Shaq in there and Jermaine O'Neal -- Those guys are good, but you can't have all three in your top ten, the NBA does have more depth in the cetner position, believe it or not.

These are my PF rankings, in two days I'll release my SF rankings, in another two days I'll do SG and then PG and then C. If I can be bothered I'll do a top 50 players list like CBS is planning to do. That'll be at the end though. Right, here we go.

PF Rankings

1. Kevin Garnett
- The current DPOY and he led the Celtics to a championship season.
2. Tim Duncan - In terms of all-time, Duncan could well be the greatest PF ever. But as of 2008-09 he is second only to Garnett.
3. Dirk Nowitzki - He didn't play that well last season but still has his own touches of brillance. An all-round player, you can't help not to be a threat when you are a PF that can shoot from anywhere.
4. Elton Brand - He should have a real impact in Philadelphia, he is a great low-post PF.
5. Chris Bosh - He just makes everything look so easy. His shot really sets him apart.
6. Amare Stoudemire - It's tough to see a player so talented at #6 on any list, but that isn't saying he is bad. He will continue to be the major scorer for Phoenix, especially with Marion gone now. He also has a great mentor in Shaq.
7. Carlos Boozer - This team USA member really gives Utah and Deron Williams an extra punch.
8. David West - Broke out last year and managed to get himself an all-star appearence. He played a major role in the Hornets playoff run last season.
9. Antawn Jamison - Caron and Antawn led the Wizards last season, he plays well in the playoffs - Of course not well enough to get past the Cavs...
10. LaMarcus Aldridge - I believe he will continue to be the main guy in the post for Portland. Oden will either spread out the defense in the post or not play well and Aldridge will continue to see the ball.

Honourable Mentions
11. Rashard Lewis - That's how the Magic roll, last season they played their highest paid player out of position.
12. Pau Gasol - He's good, he's just not that good. He's a Laker though, and knowing how far CBS' NBA writers knowledge goes he will probably be top five, lol.
13. Luis Scola - Great for a rookie, he should continue to develop and the great chemistry that appeared in Houston last year should help him as well.
14. Zach Randolph - Isn't used probably and doesn't get much credit - mainly due to the fact that he is a Knick.

I would love to hear everybodies opinions and your all welcome to post your own list here as well as critique mine. If you have any players who should be on the list or shouldn't be on the list or should or shouldn't have an honourable mention just tell me.

I appreciate all comments, thanks all.

Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 10:27 pm

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

Yo NH, very nice list.  This is way more accurate than CBS's.  Especially the phony Pau Gasoft.  If anyone saw the finals they would have a clue that he is not an upper echelon PF.  Good...yes, but very good or great...not even close.  Too passive and too soft on the defensive end.  A littlle surprised you gave Brand such high props even though I am a SIxer fan.  Keep up the good work!

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 11:07 pm

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

Omi, they are valid points. But Pau may not be strong but I don't think there is anyone else you can put above him. Certainly not Randolph, possibly Scola - but I wouldn't do that for another season or two in Scola's career.

Thanks for commenting.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2008 11:42 am

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

I guess with the style of basketball that is played in the NBA, Pau Gasol is perhaps even lower than #12.

I believe he may be much higher in the Oympics style as he is more of a technical player rather than the agressive strong player we require in the NBA.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2008 4:32 am

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

DJTANKELITE, those rankings are similiar to mine. Close top 5, then you move Brand down to 10. Which is reasonable as he has been injured. I put him high because he was there before his injruy and when he came back he showed signs of a great player. I would put West above Pau though. I can live with Pau in there above Aldridge. Aldridge would have to be 11th though.

Thanks for commenting...

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2008 10:19 am

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

Here's my opinion on it...

  1. Timmy
  2. KG
  3. Dirk
  4. Amare
  5. Bosh
  6. Bruiser
  7. Jamison
  8. Pau Wow
  9. David West
  10. Elton Brand - Could move higher, let's see if he's 100%

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2008 2:13 am

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

This is crazy, Amare at 6!You could have him as high as 4 possibly. Maybe 3.

 that guy is hands down the best PF in the leagueYou have got to be kidding. The three smartest Suns fans on the NBA Board - Chrsiper, BMU and WIldcats wouldn't even agree with you. He needs to desperately improve his defense before becoming the best.

He was a machine at center playing big men at only 6" 10 and then he switches to PF and puts up even better numbers.So many PFs in the league play C. He is a PF, that is why he put up better numbers. Sorry to infrom you that better numbers doesn't equal a better player though.

Who would you have above Scola in your top 15. Take a leaf from CBS and put Ben Wallace in there.

Garnett is oldFor an old guy he did pretty well to lead his team to a championship and win DPOY.

Get a clue, get your head out of the stats book and highlight reels and watch the players.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:59 pm

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

This is crazy, Amare at 6! no way, that guy is hands down the best PF in the league. He was a machine at center playing big men at only 6" 10 and then he switches to PF and puts up even better numbers. he can hit the outside shot and some times the three. His defense is suspect at times but he also knows how to swat the ball. Scola shouldn't be in the top 15 let alone the top 10.  Garnett is old

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:28 pm

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

titans51pitch, you have the right guys there. I think Dirk needs to be a lot higher. Just because he isn't the stereotypical PF doesn't mean he isn't a good PF. I didn't include Jefferson in my list because he plays C for the TWolves, but I would put him above West.

Elton Brand isn't a top ten PF to you?

I would have Aldridge before Scola and probably Pau before Scola as well, but I don't think Scola is anywhere near being a top 30 talent in the NBA right now. I could name 50 players better than him, but I don't want to ruin my top 100 at the end.

He is in the 80s on my list. 80-89.

Thanks for commenting and thanks for making your own list.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:00 pm

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

My List:
1- Kevin Garnett: Championship last year, defensive player of the year, assists, points, rebounds, steals... you name it... he does it.
2- Tim Duncan: Right behind the Big Ticket, and these top two players can be interchanged as you wish... either can hold the top spot
3- Bosh: Watch this man play against other top big mean in the league.. and wow.  One of a few 7 footers who can make smaller quicker players just look silly.
4- Boozer: Double double machine, and improved the game of everyone at Utah.
5- Amare: Would be higher if he could elevate the game of others around him like the top 4 do
6- West: Amazing season and amazing talent, he deserves all he has accomplished.  Man works hard.
7- Al Jefferson: I never see enough love for what this young man does.  He holds his own against the top players in the league.  And the numbers he puts up with the other teams focusing only on him are ridiculous.
8- Jamison: Cannot leave this man open.
9- Nowitzki: Soft.  Great talent, but soft.  7 footers need to bang inside as much as they can to be truly effective.
10- Scola: Watch some tape of him against Garnett/Jefferson/Bosh last year, and he is easily a top 30 talent in this league.

Let me know what ya'll think.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 7:03 pm

NBA Positional Rankings - PF

CBS Rankings vs North Harbour

CBS have released their own PF rankings today. They have Tim Duncan at number one. I wouldn't be complaining if TD was on my team but I feel that is more of a career ranking. TD is, IMO, the greatest PF of all-time. But right now for the 2008-09 season, KG is the best there is.

I thought the top two for this position for fairly obvious, unless of course you value offense and point scoring over everything else. CBS have Amare at no 2. I think Chrisper, Wildcats and BMU could testify that while Amare is a beast, he isn't the second best power forward in the NBA right now.

At 3 they have Garnett, and at 4 Chris Bosh. I can't complain about Bosh at 4, and I have already give you my thoughts on Garnett above.

Dirk is at 5. I guess that one is a matter of opinion, I feel Dirk's defense is better than Amare and he is more of an all-round threat on offense, that is just me though. Even though Dirk hasn't played as well since he led the Mavs to the NBA finals, doesn't mean he still isn't good.

Boozer at 6, I put Brand in there, maybe I do have him too high. Boozer certainly deserves credit and that is a decent spot for him.

and....ohh....Pau Gasol at 7. Lakers2408, come here and tell me - Is Pau Gasol a better PF than David West, Elton Brand or LaMarcus Aldridge. CBS Rankings haven't really been too bad so far, but now they are, because of the following: They have included two guys, I haven't. Josh Smith (who I am including at SF) and Al Jefferson (I am listing him as a center as that is where is will play for the T'Wolves). If you're going to include Josh Smith and Al Jefferson in your PF list then surely they have to be higher than that. Higher than Aldridge, Gasol for sure, I wouldn't scold ya for putting them higher, but about there. These guys are great, and CBS has put Gasol above them. Even the most devoted Laker fan can't agree with that.

Antawn Jamison is very underrated, he is at no 13 on the CBS list. He needs to be higher in my book, Rashard is at 14, and that's is fair enough.

Luis Scola doesn't even get a mention and they put Michael Beasely in there even though he hasn't played a single minute of NBA.

They have Nene, Gooden and Ben Wallace in there but no Luis

Overall, not a bad rankings list. They streched a bit near the end, included two guys they shouldn't have and put them way too low if they were PFs. At the top I am worried, definitely not as bad as the center rankings. Still not the best, but getting better.

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