2011 Fantasy Power Forward Rankings

No group of players is tougher to assess than power forwards.

Two breakout stars playing the position didn’t earn All-Star nominations, but one secured a place on the All-NBA Third team while the other carried the team to an improbable playoff run that fell just one victory shy of the conference championship.  The NBA is constantly looking for consistent performances and no group was able to deliver more often than the group of power forwards.

Although no power forward was selected to the All-NBA First team, five players were honored on the second and third teams. No position received more representatives for the All-NBA honors.

30. Johan Petro– New Jersey Nets

The only power forward on the roster, Petro has temporarily elevated to a starter as the New Jersey considers bringing back its leading rebounder from last season, Kris Humphries. Petro averaged just 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds during his debut season in New Jersey last season.

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29. Drew Gooden– Milwaukee Bucks

A foot injury limited Gooden to just 35 games during his first season with Milwaukee. When he was on the floor, Gooden remained an effective rebounder, pulling down 6.8 per game to go along with his 11.3 points but there are concerns about his shooting percentage, which dipped to career-low 43%.

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28. Jason Maxiell– Detroit Pistons

Inserted into the starting lineup after Charlie Villanueva was a colossal free agent bust, Maxiell is expected to remain in the starting lineup for the first time in his seven-year career. A tenacious rebounder, Maxiell averaged two offensive rebounds three of the past four years despite never playing more than 21 minutes per game.

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27. Boris Diaw– Charlotte Bobcats

Capable of impacting a game in several different ways, Diaw can score, pass and rebound at a high level. His 11.3 points, five rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, along with 49% shooting from the field makes him a versatile player for any fantasy roster.

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26. Channing Frye– Phoenix Suns

Although his long range shooting regressed a bit last season, Frye can stretch any defense to open the lane for his teammates. Even though he connected on 39% of his three-points attempts, a five percent decrease, Frye still managed career-highs with 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.32 assists and one block per game.

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25. Glen Davis– Orlando Magic

Shipped to Orlando to become the starting power forward, Davis is hoping to flourish alongside the top center in the league. Davis averaged 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 29 minutes. The Magic have been seeking productivity from the power forward position for years and Davis will have plenty of chances to prove his worth.

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24. Amir Johnson– Toronto Raptors

After landing a surprising free agent deal with Toronto last season, Johnson totaled 11 double-doubles and averaged 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Raptors are hoping he can evolve into a legitimate shot blocker, something he showed flashes of last season, twice swatting away five attempts in a game.

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23. Al Harrington– Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are lacking a primary scorer and Harrington has never been shy to shoot the ball throughout his career. Although his production slipped last season, from 17.7 points to 10.3 per game, Harrington will have plenty of opportunities to find his scoring touch with Denver.

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22. Emeka Okafor– New Orleans Hornets

Sliding over to power forward following the massive trade with the Clippers, Okafor averaged 10.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Although his statistics are never flashy, he has been consistently productive throughout his seven-year career.

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21. Andray Blatche– Washington Wizards

The talent is there, the only problem is if Blatche has the desire to become a productive player each night. A quick scan of his statistics shows he averaged 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Even with the impressive averages, Blatche totaled just 17 double-doubles last year.

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20. J.J. Hickson– Sacramento Kings

One of the last trades prior to the NBA lockout, Hickson was dealt to Sacramento and is poised for a breakout season. Forgotten during the Cavaliers horrendous season, Hickson quietly put together a productive season. He started 66 games, averaging 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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19. Antwan Jamison– Cleveland Cavaliers

Playing in the final year of his contract and due $15 million this season, Jamison will be a commodity at the trade deadline. Always a prolific scorer, Jamison averaged 18 points per game last season, his 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists display just a bit of his versatility.

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18. Elton Brand– Philadelphia 76ers

After two dissapointing seasons with Philadelphia, Brand started to return to form last year. The 76ers won 41 games behind 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and shot 51.2% from the field. Brand totaled 24 double-doubles and became the low post threat that was expected when he signed as a free agent.

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17. Paul Millsap– Utah Jazz

Inserted into the starting lineup on a consistent basis for the first time in his four-year career, Millsap delivered by averaging 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His 46 point outburst against Miami not only won the game for Utah, but established him as a legitimate scoring threat.

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16.  Serge Ibaka– Oklahoma City Thunder

The most prolific shot blocker in the NBA is hoping to turn his tremendous athleticism into steady production. Ibaka swatted 198 shots last season, including eight games with five or more rejections. His 7.6 rebounds per game and 54.3% shooting from the field round out his game.

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15. David West– Indiana Pacers

A knee injury knocked West out for the season after 70 games. After eight seasons with New Orleans, West agreed to a two-year deal with the Pacers, a team in desperate need for the 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game he produced last season.

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14. Carlos Boozer– Chicago Bulls

A hand injury away from the court delayed Boozer’s debut in Chicago until Dec. 1 last season. Boozer failed to average 10 rebounds per game for the first time in four years. Even with the set backs, Boozer remained an effective offensive player, scoring 17.5 points per game on 51% shooting from the field.

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13. Tim Duncan– San Antonio Spurs

Perhaps no player will benefit from the extended time off than Duncan. Nagging foot and leg injuries forced him to average less than 10 rebounds for the first time in his 14-year career. No longer the centerpiece of the San Antonio offense, Duncan attempted just 11 shots and averaged 13.4 points per game.

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12. Kevin Garnett– Boston Celtics

The condensed schedule of the 2011-12 season as a result of the lockout resulted in an abbreviated pre-season and plenty of back-to-back contests. The hectic schedule has already drawn the ire of Garnett and Boston may be the team to suffer the most as a result.

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11. Josh Smith– Atlanta Hawks

If Smith can refrain from hoisting three-point field goals, he can become the consistent scoring threat Atlanta has been seeking. Although he did connect on 33.1% of his attempts from beyond the arc, Smith scored 16.5 points along with 8.5 rebounds 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game.

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10. Luis Scola– Houston Rockets

The Rockets needed a new post presence following another injury to their franchise center. Scola stepped in and scored a career-high 18.3 points per game while connected on over 50% of his attempts from the field, something he’s accomplished each of his four years in the league.

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9. David Lee– Golden State Warriors

A freak elbow injury cost Lee 11 games and almost his career. As he recovered, Lee still managed 37 double-doubles and averaged 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The up-tempo pace Golden State employs is tailored for a forward with Lee’s skill set and he should thrive in his second season.

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8. Pau Gasol– Los Angeles Lakers

After a deal sending him to New Orleans was overturned by the league, Gasol remains with the Lakers. Plenty of questions surround his mind state, after a horrendous post season performance and Los Angeles prepare to move on from him, the 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds he averaged last season are a distant memory.

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7. Chris Bosh– Miami Heat

Expected to become the defensive enforcer for the talent heavy Heat, Bosh blocked a career-low 0.6 shots per game. The decline in scoring (18.7 points) and even rebounding (8.3) were to be expected, but Bosh need to become much more aggressive not only for Miami to succeed, but for him to return to a formidable fantasy option.

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6. LaMarcus Aldridge– Portland Trail Blazers

Snubbed from the All-Star Game, but later named to the All-NBA Third Team, Aldridge became the offensive catalyst in Portland. Averaging a career-high 21.8 points per game to go with 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists, Aldridge quickly evolved into the franchise player in the absence of Brandon Roy.

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5. Zach Randolph– Memphis Grizzlies

Throughout his 10-year career, Randolph has averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds five times, only last season it was able to translate into team success. Part of what makes Randolph so effective is are his 4.3 offensive rebounds per game, which helped him score 20.1 points a night.

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4. Amar’e Stoudemire– New York Knicks

While superstar players avoided the pressure of transforming New York back into a serious contender, Stoudemire embraced the spotlight. His 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game proved he could do everything for the Knicks. Stoudemire even sank 10-of-23 attempts from three-point range last season.

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3. Dirk Nowitzki– Dallas Mavericks

Coming off a career-high 51.7% shooting from the field last season, Nowitzki has become more accurate to offset his other declining skills. For the past seven seasons, his rebounding total has tumbled and his time on the floor dipped to 34.3 minutes per game, the lowest average since his rookie year.

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2. Blake Griffin– Los Angeles Lakers

Selected as the first rookie to the All-Star Game since Yao Ming in 2002, Griffin earned the nomination for much more than his highlight reel. Griffin notched 63 double-doubles, two triple-doubles, topped 40 points on two occasions and achieved his season-high total of 18 rebounds during six different games.

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1. Kevin Love– Minnesota Timberwolves

A double-double is almost guaranteed when Love steps onto the floor. 64 times out of his 73 appearances resulted in a double-double, including a staggering 42 occasions with at least 15 rebounds. His 10.7 defensive rebounds per game alone would have ranked him as the fourth leading rebounder last season.

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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