One of the most exciting first rounds in postseason history is in the books. Eight teams managed to impose their will and power forward into the second round, which, of course, begs the question: Who are the most imposing power forwards?
All eight starting 4s are ranked here, based on three criteria: performance, experience and leadership.
Both regular and postseason stats were considered. While the postseason is “where it matters,” looking at postseason stats uniquely can be deceptive, especially if it’s just one series.
That’s because you have the same opponent each game, and for some players, that works out better than for others. Bradley Beal was guarded by Jimmy Butler for his series. Wesley Matthews was “guarded” (and I use that word loosely) by James Harden. Let’s just say that one had a slightly more difficult task than the other.
In regards to experience, I considered how many times the player had been to the postseason and how far they had advanced.
I also considered how much of a role they played in their team advancing. Are they leaders or role players? Udonis Haslem has three rings, and Paul Pierce only has one, but Haslem doesn’t have a Finals MVP to his credit, nor has he never been a primary scoring option, so I gave more credit to Pierce than Haslem.
Some positions are debatable and ambiguous, so to simplify things, the current starter listed by the ESPN’s depth chart is listed. They are ranked here according to the standards above, worst to best.