Battle of the Bigs: The NBA's Top Frontcourts

Yama Hazheer@Yama_HazheerCorrespondent IIJuly 23, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers puts a shot up against Kendrick Perkins #43 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on December 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers defeated the Celtics 92-83.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The frontcourt in the game of basketball revolves around two primary positions: power forward and center. Alongside each other, these two players anchor the painted area.

Whether they rebound, block shots, or just throw down massive dunks, they are usually the players built around championship teams.

I have narrowed the list down to six of the best frontcourts in the league, three from each conference to form the elite frontcourts in the NBA.

**Yao Ming and Luis Scola not on list due to Yao being injured and not being able to play next season*


Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins/Rasheed Wallace (whoever starts)

Garnett will be healthy next season, but his sidekick in the frontcourt has yet to be decided. Perkins and Wallace are both great post defenders.

We already know that Perkins can work well with Garnett. He is tough, a good rebounder, and one of the better post defenders in the league. Wallace is a good post defender as well and has the ability to spread the floor with his three-point shooting.

Garnett is one of the best power forwards of all-time. He was injured for a large chunk of last season and the Celtics could have used him in the playoffs. He is the leader of this team and has emphasized defense to the point where it got them the championship.


Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard

This frontcout might be undecided as well. Lewis might move down to play small forward while either Marcin Gortat or Brandon Bass will play power forward alongside Howard.

Despite that, I'm going to use Lewis until we see who actually starts at the power forward spot. Lewis is among the top of the league when it comes to shooting, and he is 6'10". His shooting skills help Howard do the damage in the paint.

Howard's offensive game might be limited for now, but he has been working with Patrick Ewing this offseason to improve. His defense hasn't even reached its full potential which should be scary for the rest of the league.


Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani

The sleeper of this list, Bosh and Bargnani are poised to be one of the better frontcourts in the whole league this season.

This is the final year of Bosh's contract, so we'll see him play like he did at the start of last season. You know, the Bosh that people were calling an MVP candidate. We don't know if he will stay in Toronto, but he has improved every year since he has been in the league.

Bargnani is due to have his breakout season this year. With Hedo Turkoglu and Jose Calderon and their playmaking skills, it should be easier for Bargnani to cash in on his three point shooting talent.


Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

The best frontcourt of the Western Conference belongs to last season's champion, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gasol has established himself as a top three power forward on any given night. He has a nice touch around the rim and can shoot from mid-range. Critics call him soft, but he proved in the Finals that he is not by playing great defense on Lewis and Howard when called upon.

If he can stay healthy this season, Bynum can be an all-star. Without Shaq or Yao, the only real competition Bynum will have will be against Al Jefferson, Andris Biedrins, and Memhet Okur. He has some low post moves on the offensive end, but needs to improve his defense.


Carlos Boozer and Memhet Okur

Rumors are that Boozer will be traded, if so, the Jazz would still be on this list due the talent and skill that Paul Milsap possesses.

Boozer is a tough post player and can stroke it from mid-range with his smooth jumper. He is a beast on the boards and can hold his man down low in the key.

The high arching shot of Okur is one of the most deadly in the NBA. He is arguably the best shooting big man in the game today. He can play the post on offense, but needs to improve on his post defense.


David West and Tyson Chandler

This previous season, this frontcourt was not as great as they were in the year before. Nonetheless, they still have what it takes to be at the top.

West has nights where he can expolde for 40 plus. His defense is questionable, but he makes up for it with his soft jumper and ability to own defenders in the paint.

With the help of Chris Paul, Chandler and Paul have the best pick 'n roll in the game. They lost it last season when Chandler had an off year especially with injures, but he is still ferocious around the rim and is an amazing shot-blocker.

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