As teams place a greater emphasis on floor spacing, the position no longer requires post position to thrive on the offensive end.
As the stretch forward is becomes more prominent throughout the league, offenses are counting on effective 3-point shooting from the position.
Eight players at the position attempted enough 3-point field goals to qualify among the league leaders last season and 15 players launched at least 100 shots from long range.
Nineteen players designated as power forwards logged 10 or more double-doubles last season with just two able to average a double-double for the year.
The position provides fantasy owners with a few established stars and plenty of players with tremendous upside.
*All projections below are from BasketballReference.com and are based upon 36 minutes of playing time. Projections are not available for first year players.
30. Marcus Morris– Phoenix Suns
A change of scenery wasn’t beneficial for Morris last season. Dealt from Houston to the Suns, his scoring average dropped to 5.7 points, rebounding slipped to 2.5 and his free throw percentage fell to 40.5 percent during 23 appearances in Phoenix. Morris has played 94 games during his career but has yet to finish a game with a double-double.
29. Udonis Haslem– Miami Heat
For each of the past five seasons, Haslem’s scoring average and minutes per game have slipped dramatically. As his role in Miami’s offense continues to become marginalized, playing just 18.9 minutes a night and scoring just 3.9 points per game, fantasy owners may consider Haslem as a plug in player if hte team is desperate for rebounds.
28. Cody Zeller– Charlotte Bobcats
The selection of Zeller, the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, was greeted by Charlotte fans with a round of boos. The first time he put on a Bobcats uniform, he dominated. During Summer League play, the former Indiana star averaged 9.3 rebounds per game, shot 52 percent from the field and finished the tournament by posting 21, 18 and 18 point performances.
27. Jason Thompson– Sacramento Kings
For the first time since his rookie season, Thompson appeared in all 82 games for the Kings. Thompson logged 13 double-doubles, averaging 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as the primary power forward on the team, but he will now be splitting time with Carl Landry, a six-year veteran brought back to Sacramento with a four-year $26 million contact in free agency.
26. Brandon Bass– Boston Celtics
Bass started 85.1 percent of the time for Boston last season and with the team undergoing a massive rebuilding effort, the team will need him to contribute much more than the three double-doubles he logged last season. The key for his rebounding success is to snare offensive rebounds. during each of his double digit rebounding efforts, Bass grabbed at least five offensive rebounds.
25. Amir Johnson– Toronto Raptors
One of the toughest tasks for Johnson is just remaining on the floor. The 6-foot-9 forward fouled out eight times last season and finished 17 games with five fouls. When he is on the floor, Johnson has been productive, totaling 10 or more rebounds on 20 occasions last season as he averaged 10 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
24. John Henson– Milwaukee Bucks
In his first season, Henson showed flashes of being a force in Milwaukee. The 22-year-old totaled six double-doubles, but three of those performances were exceptional. In just his fifth professional appearance, Henson torched the Heat with a 17 point, 18 rebound effort. Against Orlando, he totaled 17 points and 25 rebounds and his 28 point, 16 rebound outing against Oklahoma City handed the Thunder one of their seven home losses a year ago.
23. Nene– Washington Wizards
In his first full season in Washington, the usual effective scoring from Nene’s game slowly eroded. Nene still ranked third on the team, shooting 48 percent from the field, but the total was 7.2 percent below his career shooting percentage. No matter where on the floor he was shooting, Nene wasn’t able to find his comfort zone and the Wizards need him to score effectively to make a playoff run.
22. Derrick Favors– Utah Jazz
With just 44 career starts, the additional Utah is hoping burden placed on Favors this season makes him play to his potential. The third overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft started on eight occasions last season, averaging 10.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 22-year-old has averaged at least two offensive rebounds per game in each of his first three seasons and is a viable option for teams in need of a rebounder in later rounds.
21. Thaddeus Young– Philadelphia 76ers
Young ranked 10th in the league with 1.8 steals per game, swiping the ball away three or more times on 20 occasions last season but his upside comes on the offensive end for Philadelphia. Young logged 21 double-doubles and logged more than 20 points on 12 occasions, 10 or more rebounds 22 times while shooting 53.1 percent from the field.
20. Glen Davis– Orlando Magic
A broken left foot limited him to just 34 games last season, but in that brief time, Davis managed 10 double-doubles. The Magic scored just 94.1 points per game, 24th in the NBA, and Davis tried to spark the offense. Six times attempted 20 or more shots from the field as he posted 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and attempted 14.1 shots a night.
19. Amar’e Stoudemire– New York Knicks
Stoudemire’s season didn’t start until the New Year’s Day and it ended just over three months later as he underwent left knee surgery that ended his 2013 campaign on March 7. Arthroscopic surgery on his left knee kept him out the first two months of the season and he was restricted to just 30 minutes of playing time each night as he posted 14.2 points and five rebounds a night.
18. Kevin Garnett– Brooklyn Nets
A deadly midrange jumper is something the Nets are looking for to give their All-Star center room to operate in the post. The 37-year-old played just 29.7 minutes per game, his fewest since his debut season in 1995, and is starting to lose some of his efficiency rebounding, as he grabbed 7.8 per game while launching just 12.5 shots a night, his lowest since he turned 20.
17. Carlos Boozer– Chicago Bulls
The leading scorer in Chicago, as he poured in 1,281 points, quietly was a force on the glass. The Bulls averaged 43.2 rebounds per game, eighth best in the league, as Boozer fell just shy of averaging a double-double, posting 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The two-time All-Star submitted 45 performances with at least 10 rebounds last season.
16. Omer Asik– Houston Rockets
Houston has denied Asik’s request to be dealt away, and while his role on the team may be unclear after the acquisition of Dwight Howard, the Rockets lack a proven option at the power forward position. Asik, the team’s starting center last season, thrived during his first season with the team, averaging 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, the third highest rebounding total in the league.
15. Tristan Thompson– Cleveland Cavaliers
A blood clot in the lung of Anderson Varejao forced Thompson, the fourth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, into a prominent role in Cleveland and he responded. After the All-Star break, a 29 game span, Thompson averaged 12.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and closed the season with six double digit rebound efforts in his final eight games.
14. Pau Gasol– Los Angeles Lakers
Five years ago, Gasol was the missing piece the Lakers needed to once again become a Western Conference power. Now, the team needs him to return to form to avoid the missing the post season for just the third time since 1977. Gasol averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and shot just 46.6 percent from the field as he never blended in with his teammates in a disjointed season.
13. Kenneth Faried– Denver Nuggets
The offensive part of his game never really developed, as 587 of his 689 shot attempts came at the rim, but Faried’s success is predicated solely on determination. Against Miami early in the season, Faried nabbed a season-high 20 rebounds, with 11 coming on the offensive end of the floor. His numbers carried over for the rest of the year, as 3.3 of his 9.2 rebounds per game were offensive.
12. Paul Millsap– Atlanta Hawks
For all of the free agent deals signed this summer, the two-year $19 million deal signed by Millsap in Atlanta may provide the most productive contract. During his seven seasons with the Jazz, Millsap never averaged more than 34 minutes per game, but has averaged seven rebounds per game during his career, even in Utah’s crowded front court.
11. David West– Indiana Pacers
The top priority of the off season in Indiana was to retain West. The Pacers wasted no time, signing the two-time All-Star to a three-year $36 million contract immediately after free agency started. West posted 16 double-doubles, a triple-double and played 30 or more minutes in 55 of his 73 appearances last season.
10. Serge Ibaka– Oklahoma City Thunder
Ibaka has swatted away 681 shots in his past three seasons and posted 19 games with five or more blocks last year. The Thunder hoped to involve him more in the offense and he responded, not only attempting a career best 9.7 shots per game, but converting 57.3 percent of his looks, three percentage points better than his previous career-high.
9. Greg Monroe– Detroit Pistons
With three dominant post players on the floor, the Pistons realize Monroe won’t be the player stretching the floor. The former Georgetown star has attempted just six shots from 3-point range in his career, missing all of them. The Pistons need Monroe to develop a reliable shot from anywhere on the floor, as he failed to excel from any zone on the floor, even at the rim, despite his 6-foot-11 frame.
8. Zach Randolph– Memphis Grizzlies
Only three players posted more double-doubles than Randolph’s 45 last season and for the seventh time in his 12-year career, he was able to average a double-double, posting 15.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. While the Grizzlies are hoping to remain a rugged post team, Randolph may not be the top priority in the offense as Mike Conley continues to develop.
7. Tim Duncan– San Antonio Spurs
Duncan erased any doubt about his abilities to carry San Antonio, even after 16 years in the league. The 37-year-old was just 20 seconds away from capturing his fifth career title, and while the Spurs fell just short in the Finals, his 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game made him one of the most valuable players in fantasy basketball.
6. Anthony Davis– New Orleans Pelicans
A sprained MCL ended his rookie year after just 64 games but in his limited time on the floor, there was little doubt he was morphing into a superstar. He totaled 20 double-doubles, two games with five or more blocks, averaged 15.3 points,9.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 24 appearances after the All-Star break and connected on 51.6 percent of his shot attempts during the year.
5. David Lee– Golden State Warriors
Four games after suffering what was supposed to be a season-ending hip injury, Lee returned to the floor and helped Golden State clinch its opening round series against Denver. Determination has been a staple of Lee’s game, as he posted a league-high 56 double-doubles, along with a triple-double, earning his second career All-Star selection as he averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
4. Blake Griffin– Los Angeles Clippers
A month after signing his maximum contract, point guard Chris Paul once again made an incredible pass, this time declaring Griffin as the centerpiece of the franchise. Griffin’s scoring and rebounding numbers have slipped each of the past two seasons, he hasn’t developed a reliable jump shot and his double-double totals of the last two years are just six more than he totaled during his epic rookie season. The Clippers are hoping his disappointing playoff run sparks him in his fourth season.
3. Dirk Nowitzki– Dallas Mavericks
Two weeks before the start of the regular season, Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, delaying his season debut to just two days before Christmas. Once he returned, he wasn’t the same player, needed 18 games to log his first performance with over 20 points. Without his caveman beard, Nowitzki is ready for game day and to once again be a fantasy stalwart.
2. LaMarcus Aldridge– Portland Trial Blazers
No team ended the more season more poorly than the Trail Blazers, as they dropped their last 13 contests, but Aldridge never stopped dominating. In the season finale, the 6-foot-11 forward posted 30 points and 21 rebounds and three blocks. The performance capped an All-Star season that included 38 double-doubles, along with 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
1. Kevin Love– Minnesota Timberwolves
Love broke his right hand twice last season, limiting him to just 18 games and a dramatic decrease in both his field goal and 3-point shooting percentages. With his hand completely healed and his avoidance of knuckle push-ups, Love should return to form, as he has posted a double-double in 86.3 percent of his games played over the past three years.