2010 Closeout: Power Forward Rankings

During the last decade, the power forward position was the most dominant in the NBA.

Instead of lining up at center, seven footers started playing power forward and changed how the position was played.

Instead of just hanging around the basket waiting for an offensive rebound, power forwards developed range on their shots, started handling the ball and creating their own shots.

There are power forwards now that are strictly three-point shooters. The top long range specialist in the league is a six-foot-ten power forward.

A rookie has shown flashes of being the most dominant at the position with this terrific rebounding skills and thunderous dunks.

30. Shelden Williams– Denver Nuggets

The temporary starter in Denver, Shelden Williams continues to prove why he is one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory. The fifth overall selection from the 2006 NBA Draft is averaging just 5.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 20 minutes a game.

Previous ranking: unranked

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29. Josh McRoberts– Indiana Pacers

The Pacers employ one of the youngest starting lineups in the league and the improvement of Josh McRoberts is part of the reason why Indiana is fighting for a playoff spot. Averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks, McRobets has proven he deserves playing time in Indiana.

Previous ranking: 30th

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28. Greg Monroe– Detroit Pistons

With one power forward out for the year and another under achieving, the Pistons have turned to rookie Greg Monroe. Although his time on the court has been limited, when he has been on the court, he’s been successful. During his lone appearance over 30 minutes this season, Monroe posted 15 rebounds against the Timberwolves.

Previous ranking: unranked

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27. Channing Frye– Phoenix Suns

Finding his niche a year ago as a long range specialist for Phoenix, Channing Frye needs to find another reason why the Suns should keep him on the court. Shooting 36 percent from three-point range, down from 44 percent last season, Frye needs to start driving to the basket to get his points.

Previous ranking: 27th

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26. Brandon Bass– Orlando Magic

The Magic are still trying to find its best starting lineup and have experimented with Brandon Bass. A traditional power forward, Bass is averaging career highs in points and rebounds, but isn’t the long term solution as a starter in Orlando.

Previous ranking: unranked

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25. Boris Diaw– Charlotte Bobcats

The player Charlotte wants to deal more than anyone on its roster, Boris Diaw has experienced trouble proving why he is worth $9 million a year. His 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds are decent averages, he just lacks desire, showing up to training camp overweight in each of the past five years.

Previous ranking: 24th

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24. Antawn Jamison– Cleveland Cavaliers

Once again a top player on a team competing in the draft lottery, Antawn Jamison is the only true leader on this team. The only Cavalier to not engage in conversation with LeBron James during his return to Cleveland, Jamison may be dealt to a contender to end his career on a positive note.

Previous ranking: 19th

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23. Jason Thompson– Sacramento Kings

Finally inserted back into the starting lineup for the Kings, Jason Thompson lasted just a few games before suffering an injury. The cut on his finger will cost him just a few games, but Sacramento can’t afford to have him on the sidelines for too long, as they are trying to avoid the stigma of having the worst record in the league.

Previous ranking: unranked

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22. Amir Johnson– Toronto Raptors

Filling in for the player that filled in for Chris Bosh, Amir Johnson has played better than expected. Trying to make up for the absence of Reggie Evans, out with a broken foot, has been a tall task. Evans was the leading rebounder in the league at the time of his injury. Johnson has done his best impersonation of Evans, topping 15 rebounds twice this season.

Previous ranking: 29th

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21. Ersan Ilyasova– Milwaukee Bucks

Juggling between Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova at power forward, coach Scott Skiles has stuck with Ilyasova in hopes of improving the worst offense in the league. Still struggling to find his game, Ilyasova showed some promise against Indiana, posting 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

Previous ranking: unranked

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20. Kris Humphries– New Jersey Nets

Between a promising rookie and a veteran brought in to be the starter, Kris Humphries has taken control of the starting power forward position for the Nets. With Brook Lopez having trouble rebounding the ball this season, Humphries has picked up the slack with six games with 15 or more rebounds this year.

Previous ranking: unranked

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19. Danilo Gallinari– New York Knicks

The Knicks flirted with boasting one of the tallest starting lineups in the league at the beginning of the year, with Danilo Gallinari playing shooting guard, to playing with one of the smallest groups. Gallinari has displayed his versatility playing three positions effectively, but his scoring needs to be more consistent for him to move up this list.

Previous ranking: 11th (as small forward)

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18. Elton Brand– Philadelphia 76ers

Finally. After two miserable seasons in Philadelphia, Elton Brand is starting to put up the numbers expected of him after signing an $80 million deal as a free agent. Shooting over 50 percent from the field for the first time as a 76er, Brand can no longer be called the most overpaid player in the league.

Previous ranking: 22nd

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17. Jeff Green– Oklahoma City Thunder

Playing for the contract extension he didn’t receive at the deadline this year, Jeff Green has posted the best numbers of his career. The third scorer in Oklahoma City, Green is averaging 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a steal per game. He is playing well enough to receive a large contract, the question is whether or not the Thunder will be among the teams offering the deal.

Previous ranking: 23rd

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16. Andray Blatche– Washington Wizards

The prime example of a supremely talented player lacking the motivation to become a star, along with putting a stop to fighting with teammates. An exceptional offensive player and rebounder, Blatche has played lackadaisical defense too often to count. Blessed with enough potential to be ranked in the top-5 on this list, Blatche needs someone to motivate him to play each night.

Previous ranking: 18th

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15. David West– New Orleans Hornets

The only Hornet other than Chris Paul that can be counted on for some offensive production each night, David West has improved his play as the season has gone along. New Orleans won 11 of its first 12 games, as West posted just three games with 20 or more points. Since then, West has achieved the feat nine times.

Previous ranking: 15th

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14. David Lee– Golden State Warriors

Suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in recent memory, David Lee is still looking for his touch on the offensive end. Badly cutting his elbow and suffering an infection after jamming it into Wilson Chandler’s tooth, Lee is lucky to still play the game. Once fully healed, Lee will quickly climb up this list.

Previous ranking: 8th

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13. LaMarcus Aldridge– Portland Trail Blazers

LaMarcus Aldridge seems to be just a step away from super-stardom. Averaging career highs with 18.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, Aldridge is the main reason why Portland hasn’t faded out of the playoff race even with all of the injuries plaguing the team.

Previous ranking: 11th

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12. Lamar Odom– Los Angles Lakers

The most versatile player in the NBA has adjusted nicely since returning to a starting role. Increasing his scoring average four points from a year ago, Odom is playing the best basketball of his career, shooting an amazing 58 percent from the field to go along with 9.8 rebounds a night.

Previous ranking: unranked

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11. Paul Millsap– Utah Jazz

Finally earning a starting position after five years in the league, Paul Millsap has taken advantage of his opportunity. Posting 46 points in a victory against the Miami Heat, Millsap is averaging career highs in points, field goal percentage, steals and assists.

Previous ranking: unranked

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10. Josh Smith– Atlanta Hawks

Once again a borderline All-Star, Josh Smith has improved his rebounding to go along with his always impressive defensive numbers. Nearly matching a career high with 8.5 rebounds to go along with 2.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, Smith may be the best defensive power forward in the game.

Previous ranking: 13th

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9. Tim Duncan– San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio doesn’t run its offense through Tim Duncan anymore, but he remains an effective scorer. Although his point production is down, Duncan still connects on 50 percent of his shots from the field, grabs 9.6 rebounds a game and is a lock-down defender in the post.

Previous ranking: 2nd

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8. Kevin Garnett– Bostons Celtics

Fully healthy this season, Kevin Garnett is posting the numbers fans have been accustomed to during his 15-year career. Averaging close to a double-double, and seeking his first season averaging one since joining the Celtics, the best news for Garnett is the 32 minutes he is averaging per game, his highest total since his first year in Boston.

Previous ranking: 12th

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7. Zach Randolph– Memphis Grizzlies

Surpassing the 20 rebound plateau twice this month, Zach Randolph is making the best case for an All-Star selection during his nine-year career. His 17.8 points and 12.4 rebounds per game are going unnoticed with the trade rumors and sub .500 play in Memphis.

Previous ranking: 9th

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6. Luis Scola– Houston Rockets

Averaging over 20 points per game for the first time in his career, Luis Scola is doing his best to make up for the loss of Yao Ming. The Rockets are in dire need of a spark and Scola has done well to keep Houston close to .500 but will likely not play in the All-Star Game because of his teams struggles.

Previous ranking: 7th

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5. Carlos Boozer– Chicago Bulls

Missing the first 15 games of the season recovering from a broken bone in his hand, Carlos Boozer has clicked quickly with the Bulls. Averaging 19.6 points and 9.2 rebounds a game, Boozer has transformed Chicago into one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

Previous ranking: 6th

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4. Chris Bosh– Miami Heat

The overrated chants have started to subside for Chris Bosh. The player struggling the most from Miami’s famed big three is starting to turn his season around, averaging 18.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and shooting 50 percent from the field as the Heat continue to rise in the standings.

Previous ranking: 4th

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3. Blake Griffin– Los Angeles Clippers

No one could have expected Blake Griffin to play the way he has this season. His presence alone has made every Clipper game one fans can’t miss. Whenever he is on the floor, Griffin is liable to do something unseen in NBA history and can become even more of a household name by declaring his eligibility for the Slam Dunk Contest this year.

Previous ranking: 17th

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2. Kevin Love– Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Love is posting numbers the NBA hasn’t seen in years. Already with 19 games with 15 or more rebounds, Love is finally receiving the playing time Minnesota fans have been demanding since his rookie year. His 2o.9 points a game should have him playing in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

Previous ranking: 10th

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1. Dirk Nowitzki– Dallas Mavericks

Posting nearly identical numbers to his MVP season, Dirk Nowitzki is the main reason why the Mavericks are aiming for their 11th consecutive 50-win season. During the teams 13 game win streak, Nowitzki did it all, scoring 25 points along with four blocks against Golden State then posting 31 points and 15 rebounds two games later against Utah.

Previous ranking: 3rd

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Other Position Rankings:

Center, Small Forward, Shooting Guard, Point Guard

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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