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Power forwards lack the glamour and big names that make-up the point guard and center positions in the NBA. The last season a power forward won the NBA MVP award was ten years ago in 2007, when Dirk Nowitzki took home the hardware. The following stars, however, continue to represent the power forward position in a reputable manner.
Honorable mentions: Al Horford/Kevin Love(positioned currently at center this season), and Paul Millsap.
- Blake Griffin
When healthy, Blake Griffin is undoubtedly a top five power forward in today’s game. The key words there being WHEN HEALTHY. The five-time All-star has missed significant time over the past three years, and is currently out with an MCL sprain.
In 19 games played this season, Griffin averaged 23.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.1 assists, proving that he was a solid number option despite Chris Paul being gone. His best moment came when he hit the game winning three pointer in Portland on October 26.
Griffin is expected to return this season, but the Clippers postseasons chances seem slim. If he can come back and play on a more consistent basis though, Griffin will once again solidify himself as one of the best power forwards.
- Draymond Green
Although Joel Embiid is considered the troll master on social media platforms such as twitter and instagram, Draymond Green is still the King of talking trash ON the court. He’s infamous for trolling the Cavaliers and no one will ever forget the words he used to roast Paul Pierce in his final season.
Green does so much for the Warriors but his individual numbers are never going to jump out at anyone: 10.1 PPG, a team leading 7.1 RPG and 7.3 APG. Green, however, is the reigning defensive player of the year and emotional leader for the juggernaut Golden State squad. Without him, the Warriors may be more vulnerable than when without one their other stars.
- Lamarcus Aldridge
Following a lackluster performance in the Western Conference Finals, many debated whether the Spurs should cut ties with the former All-star power forward. This season, Aldridge has proved the doubters wrong. Averaging 22.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists throughout the absence of Kawhi Leonard to lead San Antonio to a 19-8 start. Furthermore, his Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 24.91 is tied for 13th best in the league.
Although a dip in his numbers is to be expected with Leonard coming back to full strength, Aldridge has shown that he is still the reliable and confident star he was with Portland. He is definitely an All-star this year and dark horse candidate for MVP.
- Kristaps Porzingis
In his first season as top dog in New York, Porzingis has not disappointed. Averaging 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks, he has been a reliable number one option without sacrificing his play on the defensive end.
Along with rookie Frank Ntilikina and fan favorite Enes Kanter, Porzingis has helped make the Knicks once again synonymous with toughness. His PER of 24.1 is a career high and he currently has New York in the playoff contention.
The most recent example of his success came during the Knicks 113-109 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Unicorn displayed his entire skill set, becoming the first player in NBA history with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and five three point makes in a single game.
- Anthony Davis
There isn’t much explanation needed here. The Brow isn’t just one of the best power forwards in the game, but one of the best players. Currently, his PER of 28.21 ranks fourth in the league, only behind MVP candidates Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and James Harden.
Averaging 25.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, Davis has been a consistent play-maker on both ends of the court. He’s displayed toughness while playing through injury to help the Pelican maintain their 15-13 record, good for sixth place in the conference.