Top 5 Power Forwards Heading Into 2016-2017

If you are reading this article, then chances are you read the other three so you know what is going on by now. The NBA season is hours away from tipping off and I still have the top 5 power forwards and top 5 centers to write. If you do read this article, feel free to comment about it in the comments section below!

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#5 Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin has hopefully gotten it together for this season. Clippers were considering trading him last season and over the offseason. If the right trade comes along, they might pull the trigger. Blake Griffin is looking to have a good season for the Clippers that produce during the regular season and sputter during the post season. Even with all his troubles last season, Griffin averaged 21.4ppg, 8.4rpg, and 4.9apg while shooting .499% from the field, .333% from the three-point line, .727% from the free throw line. He contributed a 3.3 Box Plus/Minus and 3.8 Win Shares. The Clippers only played in four games in the postseason, as they were swept, but the power forward averaged 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg, and 4.0apg while shooting .377% from the field, .500% from the three-point line, and .760% from the free throw line. Although Blake Griffin is so low on the list, after this past season he will possibly gain a couple spots. His tough season and troubles is why I ranked him so low. Otherwise he would normally be up in the Top 3 because of his extreme talent.

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#4 LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs

This front court is going to look weird; not because the San Antonio Spurs frontcourt is talent stricken, but because Tim Duncan has been wearing a Spurs jersey for 19 years and will no longer be wearing one after retiring after the 2015-2016 season. Instead, Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge will be the two starters come opening night. LaMarcus Aldridge will start at power forward. For the Spurs last season, Aldridge averaged 18.0ppg, 8.5rpg, and 1.1bpg while shooting .513% from the field and .858% from the free throw line. He posted a 1.8 Box Plus/Minus and contributed 10.1 Win Shares for a Spurs team that won 67 games. In 10 games in the postseason, he averaged 21.9ppg, 8.3rpg, and 1.4bpg while shooting .521% from the field and .891% from the free throw line. The signing of Pau Gasol will help LaMarcus Aldridge continue to put up numbers. Both players can hit the midrange shot and post-up. Aldridge will look to build on his numbers with the Spurs this coming season.

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#3 Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green can and did do it all for the Warriors this past season. Though his teammate Stephen Curry won the MVP, we saw how important Draymond Green is when he was suspended in the playoffs. Draymond Green finished the regular season with averages of 14.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 7.4apg, 1.5bpg, and 1.4spg while shooting .490% from the field, .388% from the three-point line, and .696% from the free throw line. He posted a 5.8 Box Plus/Minus and contributed 11.1 Win Shares. In 23 games played in the postseason, Green averaged 15.4ppg, 9.9rpg, 6.0apg, 1.8bpg, and 1.6spg while shooting .431% from the field, .365% from the three-point line, and .738% from the free throw line.  Draymond Green can defend positions 1 through 5. The small ball line-up containing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant has the potential to be dangerous. With the arrival of Kevin Durant, Green may see some of his stats suffer but he is still among the top power forwards in the NBA.

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#2 Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks

Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks is another do-it-all power forward in the NBA. Last season, Millsap averaged 17.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.3apg, and 1.8spg while shooting .470% from the field, .319% from the three-point line, and .757% from the free throw line. Millsap posted a 5.3 Box Plus/Minus and contributed 10.1 Win Shares last season. In 10 games for the postseason, Millsap averaged 16.7ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3bpg, and 1.3spg on .431% shooting from the field, .242% shooting from the three-point line, and .745% shooting from the free throw line. Millsap will have a new starting point guard and center in Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard. Even with these new changes, Millsap will still be a danger to opposing teams.

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#1 Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony “The Brow” Davis is the opposing teams’ nightmare. Health is a major issue to the Pelicans and it affected Anthony Davis as well. Hopefully the injury bug leaves the Pelicans, specifically Anthony Davis, alone this year. Even in a tough year for the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis averaged 24.3ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.0bpg, and 1.3spg.  He posted a 2.2 Box Plus/Minus and contributed 7.2 Win Shares as well. Davis is adding a three-point shot to his repertoire, adding to the dangerous skills he already possesses. The best part for the New Orleans Pelicans? He is only 23 years old. He is so young and he is already one of the best big men in the NBA. He still has room to improve and improve he will.

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