NBA's Five Best Power Forwards
This is a list of the five best power forwards in the NBA, entering the 2009-2010 season, along with some honorable mentions.
I hope you enjoy it, and I would like you to comment on who's too high or too low on the list in your opinion. I will also be writing a list of the five best centers in the league within the next few days.
5. Chris Bosh
Bosh is one of the best offensive players in the league. Last season, he averaged 22.7 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals and one block per game while shooting 48.7% from the field, and an excellent 81.7% from the free throw line, while making the All-Star Team for the fourth time in his career.
However, Bosh is an average defensive player as he is a mediocre shot blocker for a power forward and isn't strong or tough enough to defend physical big men effectively. Finally, he is a little bit injury-prone, as he has averaged only 71 games played over the last three seasons.
4. Pau Gasol
Gasol is one of the most skilled players in the league. He is a solid mid-range shooter, a great post-up player, an above-average free throw shooter and probably the best passing big man in the league. Last season, he averaged 19 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and one block per game.
He was extremely efficient, as he shot 56.7% from the field and 78.1% from the free throw line while averaging only 1.9 turnovers per game. However, he is an average defensive player and, while he was tougher in the Finals, he is still slightly soft.
3. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk is one of the two or three greatest shooting big men of all time. Last season, he averaged 26 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 48% from the field, 36% from the three point line and an amazing 89% from the free throw line.
He was selected to the All NBA First team this season for the fourth time in the least five seasons, and he led the Mavericks to the second round of the playoffs. However, he is a mediocre defensive player as doesn't block many shots and is an average one-on-one defender.
2. Kevin Garnett
Garnett is a great offensive and defensive player. Last season in 31 minutes per game, he averaged 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, while shooting 53.1% from the field and 83.1% from the free throw line.
KG is one of the best defensive players in the league and he is the leader of the best defensive team in the league. He is also a good shot blocker and a solid one-on-one defender. However, he is not clutch, as he tends to disappear and perform poorly in big games, especially at the end of games as he settles for too much jump shots.
1. Tim Duncan
Duncan is one of the ten greatest players ever and the greatest power forward of all time. He is great both offensively and defensively. Last season, he averaged 19.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 50.4% from the field and 69.2% from the free throw line.
He is also a great defensive player as he is an above average one-on-one defender, a solid shot blocker and the leader of what has been consistently one of the 3-4 best defensive teams in the league. Finally, he is simply a winner as he has led the Spurs to four titles with no seasons under 50 wins.