Top 10 NBA "Point-Forwards"

Isaac FerminContributor IMay 28, 2009

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First, just to clarify, a "point-forward" is a forward who exhibits skills of both a point guard and forward.  Second, I'm going to rank current NBA players, so I won't mention greats like Scottie Pippen and Joe Dumars.

10. Andrei Kirilenko.

Yes the guy has been slowing down in his stats, but he still plays defense. Andrei Kirilenko is the only player in the modern NBA besides LeBron James to have a "five by five" game, meaning he had at least five of every major statistical category (14 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals and 7 blocks).  This shines as a display of his versatility, especially as a big man. Though that isn't his focus, the only thing he wants to do is to win.

9. Luol Deng.

Before he got injured this year, Luol Deng was one of the best point forwards of this league; he's an underrated defender, passer, and rebounder and he would be a player who would fit in Phil Jackson's or Mike D'Antoni's system since those styles of play requires point forwards.

8. Tayshaun Prince.

You know this league has many very good underrated players, and Tayshaun is the poster child. Sure he had a terrible playoff showing this year, but overall he's been a consistent player who can guard anyone, (except LeBron because that guy is in a different level). He passes, he rebounds, he plays defense, he handles the ball, and he is an unselfish player. Did I mention he plays defense?

7. Josh Howard.

Some of you are wondering why he's No. 7. Well, Josh Howard can score, he knows how to handle the ball, he's an underrated passer, and can steal the ball with ease. He may have his troubles off the court, but he's a great player on the court.

6. Hedo Türkoğlu.

The Michael Jordan of Turkey is what they call him, but the guy plays more like Scottie Pippen, with ball-handling skills, defense, passing, and scoring similar to Scottie. He currently earns $6,864,200 and could opt out of $7,354,500, but as talented as he is, he should not opt out since there isn't enough teams with enough money to get Hedo.

5. Lamar Odom.

He's been known to be an underachiever, soft, and inconsistent, but Lamar Odom is one of the most versatile big men I've seen play. Like any point forward, he can handle the ball, defend, put the ball in the basket, pass, and rebound. The Lakers are lucky to have him and he wants to be a Laker, so it works for both parties.

4.Gerald Wallace.

Yes he plays for a bad team, and yes his numbers are impressive because he's their main scoring option, but this guy is tough and not just because he's experienced so many accidents. Gerald Wallace can put the ball in the basket, but where he's really amazing would be his defense. Wallace is the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson to average at least 2 steals and 2 blocks per game in a single season.

3.Caron Butler.

His nickname is tough juice, and with good reason. The guy can score, ball-handle, shoot, and play defense. So why did the Lakers trade him for Kwame Brown? 

2.Shawn Marion.

He has one of the weirdest shots in the NBA, but I shoot like him and it works for me. At 6'7", he can average 20 and 10, he can keep up with anybody defensively, and can dunk on anybody, along with great ball-handling skills. With all that ability, he's almost the best point forward in the league. Almost.

1.Ron Artest.

You may consider him a bad teammate, you may think he started the Pacers-Pistons Brawl, and you may think he brings down teams. But Ron Artest combines two very important styles of play; lockdown defense and all the things a point guard can do. He can score 20 but keep another player from scoring 20, he's a good passer, a good rebounder, a good ball-handler, and can steal the ball well. He's the best point forward in the league.

So that's my list. Some of you may disagree, but I don't care, post up your comments.