After going over the best centers in the NBA, let’s slide over to the power forwards. The individual talents of power forwards range from playing like centers to playing like guards. Their roles depend on the overall makeup of their respective teams. Here’s my ranking of the most productive power forwards on the current scene.
1. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE
His effective scoring range stretches from the low post to the high post, and he’s always been a plus rebounder. With the Spurs, Aldridge is also improving his defense and his pass-work.
2. ANTHONY DAVIS
Being a high-volume scorer on a bad team can be a misleading indication of a player’s true effectiveness, but Davis has such tremendous all-around skills that he’s already on the verge of superstardom.
3. DRAYMOND GREEN
He may be an erratic shooter, but Green can play ace defense at three positions. Plus he has an accurate scissor-kick.
4. PAUL MILLSAP
Even though he’s a three-time All-Star, Milsap is one of the most underappreciated players in the NBA. Indeed, because there’s very little razzle-dazzle in his game, only his peers and the league’s coaches understand that he’s a master of every possible skill — from shooting to creating, from passing to defending, from rebounding to making good decisions with the ball.
5. KEVIN LOVE
Although he has good hands, throws a terrific outlet pass, is a semi-reliable three-point shooter and is a good position rebounder, Love is slow off the floor, has trouble finishing in traffic and plays awful defense.
6. BLAKE GRIFFIN
Strong, quick, good hands, a greatly improved mid-range jumper, along with nifty spin-power moves — Griffin has a huge upside. But there are significant holes in his game. His laterally-challenged defense makes him a target and makes him foul-prone. More significantly, Griffin has a penchant for making serious mistakes in clutch situations.
7. AL HORFORD
Strictly a shooter, Horford is reluctant to bang with the big boys. Indeed, he’s the perfect example of a powerless power forward.
8. KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS
Here’s another youngster who labors on an inferior ball club. Even so, once he gains the experience to be more consistent, Towns has the goods to be a perennial All-Star. At the very least, sooner rather than later, he’ll develop into the Wolves’ franchise player.
9. DIRK NOWITZKI
Although the 38-year-old Nowitzki is well past his prime, he’s still a dangerous scorer when a game is on the line.
10. KRISTAPS PORZINGIS
He’s been called a “unicorn” and a “freak,” and the 7’3” Porzingis is indeed a unique player. He can shoot treys like a small and block shots like a big, and for someone his size, KP’s athleticism is off the charts. Give the young man more time in the weight room and better footwork, and he has every chance of evolving into the best power forward in the league.
SERGE IBAKA, KENNETH FARIED, DERRICK FAVORS and ZACH RANDOLPH.