NBA Predictions: Best Power Forwards for 2008-2009 Season
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Power forwards are often the most intense and athletic players on a team. They are usually the ones who are tall enough to play center, but are too skilled, quick, and good at shooting.
For example: KG. He is tall enough to play center, but is a better shooter than most centers. He is a lot quicker than most centers, and he can play great defense against small, quick forwards.
Now, without further ado, let's take a look at the players I think will be the six best power forwards in the 2008-2009 NBA season.
6. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk is a great player nearing the edge of his prime. Although very talented, he will not have the team he once had this season. The Mavs will be on the playoff bubble this season, and Dirk will be one of the only things keeping them there.
With Josh Howard being an emerging star, this will slowly decrease the amount of touches Dirk will get, even though he is still a great player.
Projected Stats: 22.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 0.7 bpg
5. David West
West went to his first All-Star game last year, and I can guarantee it won't be his last. He is a great player who is finally emerging as the star he is capable of being. West came into his own last season and will only improve.
And hey, having the best point guard in the league getting you the ball helps, too.
Projected Stats: 23.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 1.3 spg
4. Chris Bosh
Bosh is one of the best players from one of the best drafts in NBA history. Many think his scoring averages will go way down this season since they have another great forward/center in Jermaine O'Neal.
This, however, is not true. With O'Neal in there, it will simply limit the times Bosh gets double-teamed from the post, creating easier scores. And when he does get doubled, look for his assist averages to skyrocket.
Projected Stats: 23.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.8 bpg, 1 spg
3. Kevin Garnett
KG is flat out one of the best players ever to play in the NBA. Now, KG's stats might not be as high as these other players next season, but when you have two other scoring All-Stars in Allen and Pierce on your team, sometimes it is hard to rack up the points.
And stats aren't everything. Although they might not be as good as some, what he brings to his team in emotion and intensity trumps all.
Projected Stats: 17.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 bpg, 1.4 spg
2. Amare Stoudemire
Stoudemire is a fantastic player who is in the same position as many of these players. They have a good center, which means less double teaming from posts, and if teams do double team them, their assist numbers go up.
Also, among many forwards on this list, Stoudemire has a great pass first point guard who can feed him the ball very easily.
Stoudemire is a fantastic young talent who is already a veteran player and is only 25. He is strong, athletic, and is starting to be able to shoot a decent jumper. Stoudemire can guard any player from sf-c and IS the best player on the Suns.
1. Carlos Boozer
Now, many people will think this will be way too high up for Boozer. Well, I would have to disagree with them.
Boozer is a fantastic player on a fantastic team who I think will have a breakout year. He is a big guy who isn't afraid to get dirty inside and grab rebounds.
With good chemistry and a great two-man game he will get going with Deron Williams, Boozer will have a stellar season.
Projected Stats: 25.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 1.7 spg
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