The Top 5 power forwards you want to start a franchise with.
What are the requirements for a big man to be named as one of our top 5 power forwards list? More than any other position in the NBA, the power forward is perhaps the most sought after. Just look at how the Philadelphia 76ers chased after PFs in the draft. A great point guard can take you to the playoffs. A great power forward will take you even further (e.g. Tim Duncan). The only problem now though is that true power forwards are a dying breed. This is thanks to the way the game is now played. Most teams now would rather surround their players with big men who can shoot and rebound a little. With that being said, there are still players who are worth being in our top 5 list thanks to their versatility.
Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks
— Ian Thomsen (@IanThomsen) September 22, 2016
He’s not the most athletic and he doesn’t have the shooting range. So why does Paul Millsap figure in our top 5 power forwards list? What’s great about Millsap is that he finds ways to get things done and win. In the 3 years he was with the Hawks, he was able to help the team reach the playoffs 3 times. He was instrumental in that memorable 2014-15 season that saw the Hawks win 60 games and reach the East Finals for the first time. Last season, he averaged 17.1 points, 9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.7 blocks. Impressive considering he’s only 6’8” and he’s usually matched up with taller guys.
Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors
— NBCSN (@NBCSN) September 12, 2016
There’s arguably no player in the NBA who’s as versatile as Draymond Green. The fact that he can play and guard all 5 positions is more than reason enough for him to be included in this list of the NBA’s top 5 power forwards. The Michigan State University product has helped the Golden State Warriors to an NBA championship and a 74-win season. He’s the ideal power forward for today’s game: agile, physical, has great range, and is an extremely good passer. Stats-wise, he had a more than decent 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks last season. Yes, this statline doesn’t really jump at you and might even be considered mediocre. Consider this though. The Warriors were more likely to lose without him in the lineup than without Stephen Curry. That in itself speaks volumes of his importance to the team.
LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs
LA's first season in SA was a pretty historic onehttps://t.co/FT92Ii5VXb
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) June 20, 2016
With Tim Duncan retired, the San Antonio Spurs are now likely to rely more on LaMarcus Aldridge. He had a rough start of the season last year but eventually became more comfortable in the Spurs’ offense. He boasts of a great mid-range game and more than competent post moves. Last season might not have been his best but his averages of 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks are still impressive. Now that he’s had a full year with the Spurs, I’d expect him to really break out next season.
Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 23, 2016
Yes, the Los Angeles Clippers are arguably the most disappointing team in years. However, that shouldn’t be Blake Griffin’s fault. His questionable off-court decisions aside, Griffin is one of the few reasons why the Clippers are always in the mix for a playoff spot. Don’t believe me? Check out his averages last season then: 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. Of course, the caveat here is that he only averaged these numbers in 35 games. Even with that caveat though, there’s no denying that these averages are more than impressive. My only criticism of Griffin really is that he doesn’t tends to coast during games. Also, I’ve noticed that he will usually defer to Chris Paul a lot. If he can straighten up his act off-court and be more imposing on-court then he’d undoubtedly get the top spot on our top 5 power forwards list.
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans
59 days till the @PelicansNBA regular season begins…
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) August 28, 2016
There’s really no other power forward today that’s as impressive as the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. The University of Kentucky product averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1.9 assists last season. Davis is near unstoppable regardless of where he takes a shot. He can shoot from the perimeter as well as from three point range. His post game isn’t that developed but is still effective especially when he’s guarded by smaller defenders. The only issue with him really is his health. So far, he has never played a full season thanks to injuries sustained during games. His MVP-like numbers won’t amount to much if he can’t play a full season for his team.