Over the last two decades, the position of power forward has been dominated by one man, the great Tim Duncan. Though many will put his position in question, labeling him as a center, most will consider Duncan as the greatest power-forward of all time. But Duncan has now passed the torch on his own team to LaMarcus Aldridge, and it’s time to pass the label of best power forward in the league to the next young talent. We’re going to look at the best power forwards in the league today.
- Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis came out of Kentucky with as much hype as anyone in the last decade. The Brow possessed an uncanny ability to defend not only the paint, but also at the perimeter. He was a human highlight reel with freakish athleticism. When he got to the NBA, he retained those skills, but learned to play in the post, and put on 20 pounds of muscle. At 22 years of age, Davis is going to be at the top of this list for years to come.
- LaMarcus Aldridge
Aldridge came to San Antonio to replace the aging Tim Duncan, and he fit that role as well as anyone could hope. The 7 foot Aldridge has good rebounding ability and is a skilled mid-range shooter. Aldridge has also taken his game behind the 3 point line this season, in an attempt to play a stretch four position that will open up the lane for Tony Parker.
- Draymond Green
Unlike Anthony Davis, Green was an overlooked prospect coming from Michigan State. Although nobody doubted his ability to play basketball, Green was looked at as “too small to play power forward.” Draymond has proved doubters wrong and been an extremely effective player on both sides of the ball. Draymond has done it all with the record-breaking Golden State Warriors and was a key member of their 2015 Finals run, where they defeated LeBron, to earn the city’s first title since 1975.