2012 Fantasy Power Forward Rankings

No power forward has been selected to the All-NBA First team in four seasons but that doesn’t mean the position hasn’t shown its dominance.

The top ranked power forward finished sixth in league MVP voting last season even though his team failed to qualify for the post season. 

Fantasy owners looking for consistent production should rely heavily on the position as three of the top five players in total double-doubles last season were power forwards.

With plenty of scoring, rebounding and shot blocking options along with nine of the top-10 having appeared in at least one All-Star contest, owners shouldn’t be cautious by the lack of All-NBA First Team players, as there is plenty of talent to choose from.

30. Patrick Patterson– Houston Rockets

The advanced statistics for Patterson indicated he could become a force at power forward following his rookie season. Patterson’s true shooting percentage was 57 percent and his advanced PER was 15.67. Once his playing time increased, to 23.3 minutes per game last season, it failed to translate on the floor, as he averaged just 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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29. Bismack Biyombo– Charlotte Bobcats

True shot blockers are such a rarity that Biyombo was selected with the seventh overall pick, knowing the rest of his game would be a project. Even though he averaged just 23 minutes per game, he finished eighth in the league averaging 1.8 blocks per contest. The only problem for Biymbo is opponents have a similar success rate on the defensive end, as 11.9 percent of his field goal attempts were blocked.

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28. Jonas Jerebko– Detroit Pistons

The Pistons were the fourth worst rebounding team in the league last season and a major part of it was the lack of production from the power forward position. If Jerebko can’t improve upon his 4.8 rebound per game average, look for Detroit to insert Andre Drummond, the eighth overall selection of the 2012 NBA Draft, into the starting lineup for production off the glass.

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27. Spencer Hawes– Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia may be the only team in the league with two 7-footers in its starting lineup. The acquisition of Andrew Bynum should create plenty of open looks for the excellent mid-range shooter. Hawes shot 45 percent on all attempts outside of the paint.

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26. Tristan Thompson– Cleveland Cavaliers

Offensive rebounds are all about effort and with 187 last season, Thompson was the only player in the league to compile over 160 while averaging less than 25 minutes per game. The fourth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft needs to fine tune his offensive game, as he shot just 43 percent from the field even though only 27 of his 315 field goal attempts came outside of the paint.

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25. Brandon Bass– Boston Celtics

Boston finished as the worst rebounding team in the league last season, finishing as the only team not to average at least 39 per game. Although Bass possesses the skill set to be an excellent rebounder, his 6.2 average from last season marked a career-high. If Boston continues to struggle on the glass, look for Jared Sullinger, a rookie out of Ohio State, to make a push into the starting lineup.

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24. Thomas Robinson– Sacramento Kings

If Robinson struggles as a rookie, it won’t be for a lack of confidence. Prior to the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-10 Robinson said he should be the favorite for Rookie of the Year honors. He may have a point after averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game last season at Kansas.

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23. Nene– Washington Wizards

A shift back to power forward may serve Nene well. Having played center in Denver for a majority of his career, he entered free agency as one of the premier players despite never averaging 15 points or eight rebounds per game. Once he arrived in Washington, his numbers experienced a slight uptick, as he posted 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game with  the Wizards.

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22. David West– Indiana Pacers

West was brought to the Pacers to provide some much needed veteran experience. As Indiana threatened Miami in the post season, it was West that served as the catalyst. In 11 post season appearances, he averaged 15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and two assists per game.

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21. Ersan Ilyasova– Milwaukee Bucks

A 29 point, 25 rebound effort against New Jersey marked just the third time in franchise history a player posted at least 25 of each in a single game. Ilyasova posted 20 double-doubles in 60 appearances and averaged a career-high 8.8 rebounds per game. In the off-season, he was one of the most sought-after free agents, but he agreed to a five-year $40 million deal to stay in Milwaukee.

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20. Carlos Boozer– Chicago Bulls

Lapses on the defensive end limited Boozer to 29.5 minutes per game and no matter what he is able to produce on the offensive end, the focus is the three-years $47.1 million remaining on his contract. Boozer did produce 18 double-doubles as he led the Bulls in total points, rebounds and shot a team best 53.2 percent from the field.

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19. Ryan Anderson– New Orleans Hornets

The 6-foot-10 Anderson will likely lineup at each front court position this year. The league leader in both 3-point attempts and makes, Anderson proved to be a threat shooting from anywhere on the floor, connecting on 39.3 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and 54.8 percent of his attempts from the field.

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18. Andrea Bargnani– Toronto Raptors

Bargnani spent over half the season watching his teammates from the bench because of injuries. At times, he has proved to be an unstoppable scorer, such as his 36 point effort during a win at Phoenix. The addition of Jonas Valanciunas at center enables Bargnani to shift over to power forward, allowing him to play on the perimeter, a move that plays to his strength.

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17. Glen Davis– Orlando Magic

A back injury to Dwight Howard late in the year gave Orlando a glimpse of what its team would be like without its superstar center. Davis excelled, averaging 19 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in the post season, but it wasn’t enough to advance past Indiana in the opening round. With Howard in Los Angeles, Davis will likely become the primary scorer for the Magic.

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16. Paul Millsap– Utah Jazz

A prototypical power forward, Millsap logged 21 double-doubles, averaged 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. What separates him from nearly every other front court player in the league is his constant activity on both ends of the floor. He ranked 10th in the league in offensive rebounds and ranked just behind LeBron James in steals per game among all front court players in the league.

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15. Kris Humphries– Brooklyn Nets

Only ten players averaged a double-double last season and Humphries was able to do so after posting 13.8 points and 11 rebounds. In 62 starts, he logged 29 double-doubles and grabbed over 15 rebounds on 16 occasions. As one of the more talented big men available in free agency, Brooklyn wisely retained his services, agreeing to a two-year $24 million deal in mid-July.

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14. Serge Ibaka– Oklahoma City Thunder

Even though the regular season lasted just 66 games, Ibaka’s 241 rejections marked the highest total in the league since 2007-08. Ibaka nearly blocked twice as much as JaVale McGee, the second leading shot blocker. A key component to Oklahoma City’s run to the Finals last season, the Thunder inked Ibaka to a four-year $48 million extension this summer.

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13. Tim Duncan– San Antonio Spurs

Much like the rest of his career, Duncan saved his best performance for the post season. San Antonio won its first 10 games of the playoffs, before dropping four straight to Oklahoma City as Duncan averaged 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in 14 contests. The 36-year-old signed a deal to be a Spur for life, agreeing to a three-year $36 million deal this summer.

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12. Kenneth Faried– Denver Nuggets

The advanced stats support what was seen on the floor in Denver last season. A high energy rookie, unheralded from Morehead State, Faried’s advanced PER of 21.85 was the 24th highest in the league and when he was on the floor, he accounted for 36 percent of Denver’s total rebounds and 40 percent of its blocks.

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11. Luis Scola– Phoenix Suns

The Rockets were desperate to land a superstar that didn’t come and Scola was a roster casualty. The 32-year-old had his contracted amnestied by Houston, enabling Phoenix to sign him as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Scola is one of the most effective post scorers in the game, shooting 51 percent from the field in five seasons.

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10. Pau Gasol– Los Angeles Lakers

Constant trade rumors, and even a failed trade to Houston, clearly took a toll on Gasol’s confidence over the past two years. Los Angeles has rebuilt its roster into a championship contender and the 7-footer has all of the tools necessary for fantasy players. Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds while shooting 50.1 percent from the field. Gasol will benefit greatly playing aside a future Hall-of-Fame point guard next year.

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9. Zach Randolph– Memphis Grizzlies

A knee injury limited Randolph to just 28 appearances last season and upon his return, he didn’t mesh well with the rest of the team. As a result, Randolph served as the sixth man in Memphis. Fully healthy, Randolph is hoping to return to his form from two years ago, as he posted 20.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and totaled 53 double-doubles in 74 appearances.

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8. David Lee– Golden State Warriors

Lee has spent much of his career at center, but following the Warriors trade for Andrew Bogut, he must make the adjustment back to playing power forward. For Lee to return to All-Star form, he must improve his shooting around the basket, as he shot just 39 percent from within the paint but outside of the restricted area. If he can capitalize on easy baskets, he can easily increase his 20.1 point per game average.

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7. Amar’e Stoudemire– New York Knicks

Stoudemire’s effectiveness will largely depend on what style of play the Knicks offense will employ next season. Reunited with point guard Raymond Felton, a combination that saw Stoudemire become an MVP candidate two seasons ago, if New York returns to the pick-and-roll, he can return to All-Star form.

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6. Chris Bosh– Miami Heat

Reports have circulated about Bosh gaining weight in preparation of playing more at center this season, but he proved to be effective no matter where he lined up. Bosh averaged 18 points and 7.9 rebounds per game and after his commitment to becoming a long range shooter last summer, he will be better served by playing closer to the rim.

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5. Josh Smith– Atlanta Hawks

There isn’t an aspect of Smith’s game that is truly lacking. The 6-foot-9 Smith averaged a career-highs in scoring average, 18.8 points and rebounding at 9.6 per game. Once again snubbed from the All-Star team, Smith dished out 3.9 assists, blocked 1.7 shots and averaged 1.4 steals per game. The Hawks dealt away Joe Johnson to Brooklyn, clearing the way for Smith to continue to build upon his success.

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4. LaMarcus Aldridge– Portland Trail Blazers

Aldridge saw his All-Star season come to an end prematurely after undergoing hip surgery in April, capping a miserable season in Portland. The 27-year-old averaged 21.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game while shooting a career-high 41.2 percent from the field.

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3. Dirk Nowitkzi– Dallas Mavericks

The championship hangover is long gone in Dallas and its time for Nowitzki to once again carry the Mavericks. Nowitzki sat out four games citing fatigue and the Dallas media reported that he was out of shape to begin the season. The 21.6 points per game he averaged last season marked his fewest since the 2000-01 season. The Mavericks have retooled and need another MVP caliber season from Nowtizki to truly compete.

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2. Blake Griffin– Los Angeles Clippers

A left knee injury prevented Griffin from participating in the 2012 summer Olympics in London. Although Griffin has completed his rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery and signed a five-year $95 million contract extension this summer, his absence from the Olympics serves as a missed opportunity to quickly improve his game by practicing against the best players in the league on a daily basis.

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1. Kevin Love– Minnesota Timberwolves

No player contributes more to their team than Love. Last season when he was on the floor, Love accounted for 32 percent of Minnesota’s points, 37 percent of its rebounds. For the second consecutive season, he led the league in double-doubles, totaling 48 in 55 games played while ranking fourth in scoring average, 26 points and his 13.3 rebounds per game was second in the league.

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