While power forward may not be as deep as some other positions—namely point guard and center—it's hard to argue with the depth of talent at the top. LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph and a few more players who consistently line up at the 4 have all established themselves as household names.
And that's with some notable players like Anthony Davis qualifying as combo big men, not strict power forwards.
Aldridge, Griffin and Love have spent the year battling it out for positional supremacy, but which one finished the campaign on top? Could another standout power forward have broken into the elite trio?
The NBA 200 metric identifies the players who performed best during the 2013-14 season. Potential doesn't matter, and neither does reputation. It's all about what happened this season and this season only. All positions are graded using the same criteria (though rim protection was added into the equation for bigger positions), but the categories are weighted differently to reflect changing roles, with max scores in parentheses:
- Scoring (20)
- Non-Scoring Offense: Facilitating (5) and Off-Ball Offense (10)
- Defense: On-Ball (15), Off-Ball (15) and Rim Protection (10)
- Rebounding (15)
- Intangibles: Conduct (5) and Durability (5)
For a full explanation of how these scores were determined, go here. And do note these aren't your father's classification schemes for each position. Players' spots were determined not by playing style, but by how much time they spent at each position throughout the season, largely based on data from 82games.com, and we're expanding the traditional five to include four combo positions.
In the case of ties, the order is determined in subjective fashion by ranking the more coveted player in the higher spot. That was done by a voting committee comprised of myself, NBA Lead Writer D.J. Foster, National NBA Featured Columnist Grant Hughes, NBA Lead Writer Josh Martin and Associate NBA Editor Ethan Norof.