The next installment of FishTankSports NBA Top-10 lists brings us to the power forward spot. There are lots of young power forwards in today’s game who still have lots of room to grow. There are also players at this position who have established themselves as all-stars or even MVP caliber players. The power forward is one of the strongest positions in the NBA. This power forward ranking is also filled with tons of youth and depth.
When ranking the top 10 power forwards in the league, there are a few things to consider. The first is their stats, as well as overall impact and how they contribute to winning. The defensive side of the ball is also considered and can be a difference maker in comparing players who have a similar offensive impact.
This list is based off the 2019-2020 season, past seasons will not affect their ranking on the list. Their play will be evaluated strictly based off this season. Players like Zion Williamson will not be on this list due to injuries that either kept them out the whole season, or most of the season. Lastly, the way a player’s position is determined is based off what position Basketball Reference lists them under.
10. Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris has had a very inconsistent season with the 76ers. Last season we seen that Tobias Harris could be the main scorer on a successful team and be a borderline all-star player. However, in Philadelphia he hasn’t been incorporated effectively in the offence. There are lots of times on the court where he goes unnoticed. They don’t draw up many plays for him and most of the time he just stands in the corner to provide spacing. He is also the only player in the 76ers starting lineup who can create their own shot from the perimeter. Tobias Harris has proven that he is a good scorer that can consistently generate his own shot in the right system. It seems like he doesn’t fit in great with the 76ers. When the playoffs occur, Tobias Harris will be their X-factor and he will need to step up if the 76ers want to go on a deep playoff run.
9. Danilo Gallinari
Danilo has had a great season with the Thunder and is playing his role great. He is providing a big impact to a team that has way surpassed expectations this season. The biggest concern for Gallinari throughout his career has been his injury concerns. This season he has been healthy and when he’s healthy, he can produce good scoring number on good efficiency. Even though he doesn’t get high assist numbers, he is still a very underrated playmaker and an unselfish player. He can do a bit of everything on the offensive side of the ball. He is a weak defender, but his scoring makes up for it. Danilo is a very valuable role player who might test his value in the open market for the 2020 NBA free agency. Danilo will receive lots of interest in free agency and might earn himself a huge contract.
8. John Collins
Collins missed 25 games this season due to a suspension but when he was on the court, he showed massive improvements. The biggest area in his game that improved was his shooting. He now shoots 40% from 3 on almost 4 attempts a game. Last season he shot almost 35% from 3 on 2.6 attempts per game. He is now more comfortable and more efficient from 3 and provides great spacing for Trae Young. He is very athletic and is a great combination of speed and strength and has a great vertical. Collins is a deadly pick and roll threat due to his ability to attack the basket and catch lobs. He is also a great pick and pop threat due to his improved 3-point shot. The weakest area of his game is his defence. He does have the athletic tools to be a good defender and averages 1.6 blocks this season from pure athleticism. Collins lacks defensive I.Q and is a bad defender in the pick and roll.He needs to mature on the defensive side of the ball and get a better understanding of where he needs to be on defence. The Hawks traded for Clint Capela to pair alongside Collins in the front court. Acquiring Capela will make up for Collins defence and maybe Capela could mentor Collins on the defensive side of the ball.
7. Kristaps Porzingis
This was Porzingis’s first season back after suffering a major ACL injury during the 2017-2018 season. He started off the season slow but started to pick it up and find his comfort zone towards the end of the season. Kristaps is one of the most unique players in the NBA. He’s a 7″3 player who can knock down shots consistently from deep. He attempts 7 3’s a game and shoots 35% from 3. He is also a great rim protector who averages 2 blocks a game and ranks top 10 in shots contested per game. Porzingis has gotten significantly stronger this season and is more aggressive at taking advantage of mismatches. For a player of his size, he needs to improve on his finishing. He only shoots 42% from the field as a player who is 7″3. He also needs to be a more consistent go to scorer for the Mavericks and return to his all-star self we had seen in New York.
6. Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo is a leading most improved player candidate and made his first all star game this season.Bam is a unique player. He has great vision for his size and is averaging 5 assists a game as a big man. He is a great playmaker from the high post area, and he is a good ball handler for his size. Bam has also proven how impactful he is on the defensive side of the ball this season. He is very athletic, has a great motor and incredible hustle. Bam is undersized for his position, but he plays with a lot of heart and plays bigger than what he is. He is a very versatile defender who can defend the biggest players in the league, as well as having the ability to switch onto the perimeter and hold his own. He has all defensive team potential and is one of the most well-rounded big men in the NBA.
5. Brandon Ingram
Ingram has had an amazing season in his new environment. He has benefited from his new opportunity with the Pelicans. He has stepped up as the first option and was named to his first all-star team this season. Ingram showed flashes of greatness last season with the Lakers when he averaged 21.5 points per game during the last 20 games of the 2018-2019 season. This season he has been very consistent and has improved his game in almost everyway. He is being more aggressive and attacking the basket more, he’s drawing more fouls and shooting great from the free throw line. He has also improved defensively and is taking the big shots in the clutch. Ingram’s assist numbers have improved but he’s always been a good playmaker, this season he has just gotten more touches and more playmaking responsibilities. The area that he has improved in most is his 3-point shooting. He has never been a consistent 3-point shooter in his career but this season he is shooting 39% from 3 on 6 attempts per game. Last season he only shot 33% on 3’s with under 2 attempts a game. Ingram has also improved significantly in catch and shoot 3’s. Last season he only attempted 1.7 catch and shoot 3’s a game and shot 31%. This season he has been one of the best catch and shoot players in the league. He attempts 5 catch and shoot 3’s a game and shoots 42%. He is one of the most versatile young players in the league and has shown he can be a potential superstar.
4. Pascal Siakam
The reigning most improved player Pascal Siakam took another huge leap this season. He was named to his first all star game this season and improved his points per game by almost 7. Before the season fans were questioning whether Siakam could step up as the first option. This season he has proven he can be the best player on a very successful team. He started off the season hot and was averaging 25 points per game but then he suffered a groin injury in December. After his injury he started to slow down and shoot less efficiently. Siakam is a good defensive player who can use his speed and defensive I.Q to guard the perimeter. He is one of the best players in transition, averaging 6 points and shooting 60% in transition. Siakam has taken his game to the next level this season and may still have another level he can reach.
3. Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum has improved a lot this season and is quickly approaching superstar status. He showed flashes of greatness during the playoffs in his rookie season but is now consistently putting up above 20 points a game. At the start of the season Tatum was the second option, but as the season has progressed, he has taken over as the go to guy for the Celtics. Tatum started gaining more national attention during the month of February where he averaged 31 points per game. He also had some big games during some tough opponents in the month of February. This included a nationally televised game against the Clippers where Tatum got 39 points and lead his team to the win. He also had another nationally televised game against the Lakers where Tatum dropped 41 points in a close loss. Tatum has done a great job at establishing himself in the NBA, as well as improving in many categories. He has improved his finishing at the rim and is playing more aggressive by attacking the basket more. Last season he averaged 5.6 drives per game and had 0.5 free throw attempts per game from drives. This season he is averaging 11 drives per game and has improved his ability to draw free throws when attacking the basket by averaging 2 free throws per game generated by drives. He has also improved his ability to create 3-point shots for himself and is now averaging 7 3-point attempts per game. Tatum has been playing great in big moments and in the clutch and can already be considered an elite scorer in the NBA.
2. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis goes unnoticed sometimes because he plays next to Lebron James, but he is still an MVP caliber player. Davis is playing great in his first season in Los Angeles. It’s a new situation for him not being the main guy on a team but now it is his first time in his career playing on a contending team. Him and Lebron have formed the best duo in the NBA and are the 1st seed in the western conference. Davis is an elite two-way player who is a top candidate for the defensive player of the year award. He ranks 1st in loose balls recovered, top 10 in shot contests per game, top 15 in steals and ranks 4th in blocks. The Lakers also have the 3rd ranked defence in the NBA with Anthony Davis being their defensive anchor. He has also improved his 3 point and free throw shooting this season. The biggest struggle for Davis this season has been playing without Lebron James on the court. He needs to step up when Lebron isn’t on the court with him and be more aggressive. He needs to be comfortable taking over as the main option when Lebron is on the bench. The Lakers also need to learn how to use Davis with Lebron off the court. Anthony Davis is still a very impactful player who is contributing on both ends of the court for a title favourite team.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis is not only the reigning MVP, but he’s also the favourite to take home the MVP award for this season. There’s nothing you can say about Giannis that hasn’t already been said. We are all aware of his greatness. He is not only the top MVP candidate but he’s also a candidate for defensive player of the year. He’s the best player on the team with the best record in the NBA. Giannis is putting up almost 30 points per game in only 30 minutes per game. The Bucks are so good that Giannis only needs to play 30 minutes a night because of how much they are beating teams by. The biggest problem with Giannis in his career has been his lack of shooting and it may have even costed them the series against Toronto in last years playoffs. This season Giannis has taken steps towards improving his shooting. Last season Giannis shot 26% from 3 on almost 3 attempts per game. This season Giannis is shooting 31% from 3 on almost 5 attempts per game. He’s been taking massive steps to improving his shooting and is making the defences respect him from the perimeter. Giannis is the most athletic player in the NBA and depending on how the playoffs go he could potentially claim the title as the best player in the league.