The NBA power forward position has some of the most dynamic and multi-talented players in the league. Many of these players have helped lift their teams to experience huge success ranging from playoff appearances to hosting another NBA Championship banner. It would be unfair for us to provide such a ranking solely based the individual metrics and analysis of a single writer. Instead, the writers here at Sports Unbiased have joined forces once again to provide you with our definitive list of the 2015 Top Power Forwards in the NBA.
NBA staff: Jr. Williams, Arnold Glass, Francesca Toledo, and Jared Cortes were asked to provide their list of the 2014-2015 top power forwards in the NBA as of right now – here are the results of their selections ranked No. 8 to 1 ( according to calculated votes ).
Top Power Forwards in the NBA: 2014 – 2015
8. David West – Indiana Pacers
Francesca Toledo: West definitely likes keeping the crowd at the edge of their seats. You can tell he’s not one to give scoring much importance, but when he does, he seems to time his shots perfectly. His defensive game is good and he’s a solid rebounder.
7. Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
Jr. Williams: Despite living in the shadows of LeBron James for several years, Chris Bosh is arguably one of the best shooting power forwards in the NBA. He has so many weapons offensively which makes it very difficult to predict where he will look to score next. Over the past season, Bosh expanded his game beyond the perimeter into the realm of the three-point stripe where he shot better than .339 — not bad for a player his size. Overall I think Bosh is easily a top-8 power forward in the NBA, and don’t be surprised when if he ranks top-5 in 2015.
6. Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
Francesca Toledo: He may be 36 but he looks a decade younger on the court. His off-ball offensive game is killer and his fadeaways are fantastic. His mid-range shooting also makes him stand out. Age is nothing but a number!
Jr. Williams: NBA Champion and quite honestly the greatest International player to ever play in the National Basketball League, Dirk Nowitzki continues to carry the Dallas Mavericks on his back as he strives towards making another trip to the NBA Finals. He is the most offensively sound power forward in the NBA and his jump-shot is virtually unblockable. I don’t think there is a better shooting power forward in the game than he is. Dirk makes my current list and my all-time top-10 power forwards ever.
5. Tim Duncan – San Antonio Spurs
Jared Cortes: At 38 years old, Tim Duncan remains in the top-5 power forwards, posting just around 15 ppg, 10 rbg, and two bpg. in his latest championship season. How the best power forward of all time continues to post such solid statistics at his age is mind-boggling, so Duncan will likely remain a top power forward until he finally retires.
Arnold Glass: I’m going to put out there right now that Duncan is the best power forward of all-time; with that being said, he also makes my top five because at the age of 38 years old, he’s still putting in work down-low and he recently won his fifth championship by helping the San Antonio Spurs destroy the Miami Heat. Dubbed “The Big Fundamental” for a reason, Duncan possesses exceedingly rare skill and finesse. His unwavering professionalism and consistency has made him the cornerstone of the Spurs.
Jr. Williams: One of the most consistent players to ever play the game, Tim Duncan continues to turn back the hand of time, leading his team to and unprecedented 16 consecutive NBA playoffs appearances. Duncan and company have also advanced to the NBA Finals the last two consecutive seasons, finally winning the title in 2014. He’s capable contributing a double-double on any given night, and as a professional basketball player he does all the intangibles by maintaining defensive and offensive balance on both ends of the floor. Hard to believe a player of his age remains among the top power forwards in the game.
4. Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans
Arnold Glass: Not too many people know that Davis was a 6-foot guard when he entered high school and by the time he graduated he sprouted up to a 6’10” monster at power forward. Davis has dribbling skills that most players his size only dream of having. We knew he was going to be a star in the NBA, but we didn’t know he was going to get there at an accelerated rate. Davis is a two-way talent who leads the league in blocks per game and is third among power forwards in steals.
Jr. Williams: A highly versatile player and one of the most athletic of the bunch, Davis quickly became a force to be reckoned with after earning a gold medal as a member of the USA Men’s Basketball Team during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Since then, he has paid dividends for his team, averaging an impressive 20 ppg, 10 rpg, while ranking among the top-10 in the NBA in blocked shots and rebounds per game.
Jared Cortes: I truly believe Anthony Davis will be a top-5, if not the top player in the NBA within the next several years. Davis has an unbelievable amount of talent and his offensive game will continue to improve. Meanwhile on the defensive side, Davis will surely be winning a defensive player of the year award at some point. His 2.8 blocks and 1.3 steals went along nicely with his 20.8 PPG and 10 RPG.