Power Ranking the NBA's Best Back-to-the-Basket Players

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Power Ranking the NBA's Best Back-to-the-Basket Players
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This article will rank the top 14 back-to-the-basket scorers in the NBA today. To qualify for selection, a player had to be considered a post player, meaning he must play the center and/or power forward position. So, while Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony are arguably two of the game’s best back-to-the-basket scorers, they do not qualify given the positions they play.

In addition to ranking the top 14 back-to-the-basket scorers, I have also selected four players as honorable mentions and two “Lifetime Achievement” awards for two players, who despite being over the hill, are two of the all-time greats while playing with their back to the hoop.

And remember, this article is ranking players solely on their skills with their backs to the baskets, rather than their all-around game. So a player could potentially be ranked lower than he normally would be due to the specific guidelines of this assignment. For example, Dwight Howard is a better overall player than Zach Randolph, but Randolph is much better with his back to the basket.

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