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Think about it, who comes to mind when you think of Top Power Forwards in the league? Names like Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, and Tim Duncan, right?
While all of those players are well deserving of that status, Paul Millsap is making a strong case to be considered as a top player at his position this year.
Currently, Millsap is the eighth most efficient power forward in the NBA, averaging 17.7 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. At 6’8” and 253 pounds, he is considered to be slightly undersized for his position.
However, this does not stop him from banging in the post for inside looks or getting position for defensive rebounds. He is also sniping at a 38 percent rate from the three-point line, a forgotten aspect of his all-around game.
Many thought Horford to be the lone All-Star from the Hawks, but Millsap being 33rd overall in efficiency is extremely impressive and definitely worthy of All-Star consideration. For a guy that is signed on to a two-year deal worth just $19 million, you think someone would have locked him up to a four- or five-year deal. Instead, he fell into Atlanta’s laps, and at the age of 28 he is rounding into the prime years of his NBA career, as evidenced by his strong season thus far.
*Stats source: Realgm.com, NBA.com