Mr. King's Top Five Power Forwards
The PF position. These guys are basically centers that can knock down a mid-range jumper and the occasional three. They play the post, low-blocks, and back up their center or vice-versa.
To be a successful team you need a PF to block, rebound, and to create offense either by passing or by creating shots for themselves. I have compiled a list of the top five PFs in the league.
1. Tim Duncan
At 6'11" and 260 lbs., Tim Duncan has worked himself in as the best. He is a four-time champion. He has won the Finals MVP award three times, the MVP award twice, and is a perennial All-Star. Need I say more?
He started the 2008-2009 season on pace to be tops in the league for points and rebounds per game, but by mid-season started experiencing knee problems. They were still a playoff team at season's end and went 54-28.
2. Kevin Garnett
This guy came to the NBA straight out of high school, and he was the first to do so in the NBA in 20 years at that time.
He made an almost immediate impact on the Timberwolves. He helped lead Minnesota to eight straight playoff appearances, and in 2004 he led the Wolves to the WCF and won the 2003-2004 MVP.
In Minnesota he was faced with the possibility of never winning a championship until he was acquired by Boston and paired with Allen and Pierce. In the 2007-2008 season Garnett was given the Defensive Player of the Year award for his outstanding defensive play en-route to his first ever Finals appearance and Championship.
3. Dirk Nowitzki
An eight-time All-Star and nine-time member of the All-NBA squad, Nowitzki was the first ever European Player to ever win the MVP award. Dirk has made his mark in the American basketball world.
Nowitzki is a complete player, with the ability to play three positions, he has averaged 20 points and nine rebounds a game. He is a constant defensive threat with his mismatch abilities. Dirk stands at 7'0" and is a great outside shooter. His shooting has been the better part of his abilities in his years with the Dallas mavericks.
4. Pau Gasol
Spaniard Pau Gasol was drafted in 2001 and became the Rookie of the Year. Gasol is the current owner of several Memphis Grizzlies franchise records.
Gasol stands at 7'0" and is very athletic. He has the ability to play at forward or center. He has career averages of 18.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 3.1 apg, making him a great inside and outside threat. Gasol was a major factor in LA's finals run and will continue to be a dominant force.
5. Chris Bosh
A four-time All-Star and Olympic Gold winner, Chris Bosh has become the face of Toronto for now. Bosh led the Raptors to their first ever division title and is the franchises' all time leader in rebounds, blocks, free throws made and attempted, and double-doubles.
Combined with Turkgolu in Toronto, the Raptors now possess the same mismatches that the Magic had in 2008-2009. Bosh should become an even greater force now.