The Top 20 Power Forwards In The NBA Today

By: 10.24.12
Carlos Boozer (photo. Jeffery Salter)

Carlos Boozer (photo. Jeffery Salter)

15. CARLOS BOOZER, Chicago Bulls
Once considered one of the best power forwards in the league, some question whether or not Carlos Boozer is even the best four on the Chicago Bulls at this point. While his play diminished in recent years, there is no question that the dude can still produce. He has a sweet midrange jumper and rarely takes a bad shot (53 percent from the field last season). At 30 years old, nobody expects his iffy defense to improve. The Bulls, however, are happy with his 15 points and nine boards a night (their happiness over his $15 million salary next season in another matter).

14. RYAN ANDERSON, New Orleans Hornets
Last year’s Most Improved Player, New Orleans Hornets power forward Ryan Anderson is looking to make the most of his new surroundings. He hoisted a staggering 422 threes (most attempts in the league) last season for the Magic, but converted 39 percent of them and posted a respectable 16 points a game. It’s been reported that coach Monty Williams will bring Anderson off the bench this season to be a offensive sparkplug for his young squad. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to his new role.

13. ERSAN ILYASOVA, Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks big man Ersan Ilyasova opened a lot of eyes last season as his 20.55 PER was one of the best marks for a power forward. He has excellent range (45.5 percent from three last season), but is not afraid to bang down low and scrap for rebounds. He ranked in the top ten last season in offensive rebounding rate and total rebounding rate. Ilyasova will be a big part of a Bucks team looking to avoid the lottery this season and compete for a playoff spot in the East.

12. DAVID LEE, Golden State Warriors
One guy capable of reaching the 20-and-10 plateau every year is Golden State’s David Lee. Lee is one of the better scoring bigs in the league, and is one of only five power forwards to average over 20 points a game last season. While he’s an excellent scorer and rebounder, his lackluster defense is what keeps him out of the top 10.

11. ANDREA BARGNANI, Toronto Raptors
Former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani can score the basketball. Although his rebounding numbers are far below average, his 20 points per game make him a real asset on a Raptors team that desperately wants to improve. Now that Jonas Valanciunas has arrived in Toronto, Bargnani will be able to spend a lot of time at the power forward position instead of taking a pounding night in and night out from NBA centers. Bargnani has the skills to be a top-five scoring big man in the league, and if he can stay healthy, he should do so next season.

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