Re-Ranking the Best Power Forwards in the NBA, Post-Free Agency

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Re-Ranking the Best Power Forwards in the NBA, Post-Free Agency
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The power forward position doesn't have any true MVP candidates, but it's a remarkably deep set of players. In fact, point guard and power forward are easily the two most stacked positions in the NBA right now. 

This set of players is so loaded that one-way players really aren't going to make the cut. If you don't play at least some defense, it's going to be awfully difficult to make the top 10. The same goes for the defensive specialists who don't contribute much to the point-scoring efforts. 

Power forward also offers an intriguing mix of youth and veteran leadership. We have the young up-and-comers—Blake Griffin, for example—as well as the cagey veterans like Dirk Nowitzki who aren't ready to give up their spots in the rankings quite yet. 

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Note: The following players were not considered for this article. 

Tim Duncan (C) has been a power forward/center along with Tiago Splitter for a long time, but he's playing closer to the rim than ever before. Despite legitimately being called the greatest power forward of all time, Duncan has become a true center in the twilight of his career.

Pau Gasol (C) falls into the same boat as Duncan. He played power forward out of necessity when Dwight Howard was on the squad, and he's shifting back to the 5 now that D12 is gone. That's also the spot he's spent more time throughout the prime of his career.

Al Horford (C) has never been a primary power forward, instead lining up at the 5 throughout his career with the Atlanta Hawks. He's also been far more effective at center than power forward by every available metric.

Greg Monroe (C) might have to play some power forward due to roster composition, but he's too slow to truly become a 4.

LeBron James (SF) and Carmelo Anthony (SF) both played a lot of power forward, but that was due to a proclivity for small ball. Each of them remain true small forwards. 

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