Over the past decade when it came to power forwards, names such as Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett were among the elite every single season; but now with plenty of players playing multiple positions, the definition of the “power forward” has changed for the better. We now have players like Pau Gasol and Josh Smith playing the power forward spot and basically changing the way the “4” plays the game. Here are the fantasy basketball rankings for the power forwards so far this season.
1. Pau Gasol- 47 assists for a big man makes Gasol the best power forward in the game right now. Even with Andrew Bynum out with an injury, Gasol has stepped in the Center/Power Forward spot and has dominated the Lakers team where Kobe has not. 275 points, 146 rebounds and 18 blocks Pau Gasol is the superior power forward in this league.
2. Josh Smith- 39 blocks, 14 steals, 191 points and 116 rebounds so far this season, Josh Smith, behind Pau Gasol, is the most versatile power forward in the game.
3. Paul Millsap- I understand he had a crazy 46-point effort this year, but his numbers without Carlos Boozer are still astounding: 258 points, 114 rebounds, 35 assists, 15 steals and 8 blocks.
4. Kevin Love- After a 30-point, 30-rebound performance versus the Knicks, Kevin Love has made himself a superior caliber power forward in the NBA right now. 246 points and 186 rebounds, if you can, buy on Kevin Love right now.
5. Dirk Nowitzki- It seems like this guy does the job every single season. 236 points, 86 rebounds and 16 assists; he is the motor behind the Mavericks playoff hopes.
6. Elton Brand- Wait… did you say Elton Brand? I did. 203 points, 98 rebounds, 22 assists; but what gets my attention is 21 steals and 16 blocks.
7. LaMarcus Aldridge- Just look at the numbers, with Oden out for the year and Roy banged up, Aldridge could be the man the entire year here. 210 points, 94 rebounds, 26 assists, 16 steals and 16 blocks.
8. Amar’e Stoudemire- 5th in points for power forwards, Amar’e is the Knicks offense and he will continue to produce all year long: 259 points, 97 rebounds, 27 assists, 12 steals and 22 blocks.
9. Kevin Garnett- Does not play the type of minutes in the regular season he used to, but still very efficient when healthy: 111 rebounds, 21 assists and 19 steals for the Big Ticket.
10. Luis Scola- With injuries to Yao Ming, Scola has been the scoring and rebounding machine the Rockets had hoped for: 252 points and 110 rebounds.
11. Tim Duncan- The usual big fundamental: 137 points, 98 rebounds, 25 assists and 20 blocks.
12. Chris Bosh- The last leg of the big three: only 66 rebounds so far this season really hurts his overall numbers, but with 180 points and 24 assists at least Bosh is trying.
13. Michael Beasley- 266 points is by far the most amazing statistic for Beasley so far this season. The combination of him and Kevin Love could be very dangerous for years to come.
14. Blake Griffin- The “rookie” machine is off to an amazing start this year: 203 points, 129 rebounds and 23 assists. Griffin belongs a few notches above #14 on this list, but I am going to wait and see where this campaign goes.
15. David West- The guy that continually gets forgotten when it comes to listing power forwards: 163 points, 61 rebounds and 20 assists.
Notable Mention Power Forwards- Charlie Villanueva, Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans, David Lee and Zach Randolph