Friday, June 20, 2008

Boyd's Power Forwards in the NBA

For those of you who don't know, you betta aks somebody. Taylor has his lists, and I'll have mine. That's part of the point of this blog: conversation and debate. Today, I'll look at some Power Forwards in the NBA.

First of all, this and Center are basically the same position in today's NBA. With that being said, here is my list:

My Top 5- (best season)
1. Kevin Garnett (03-04: 24.2 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.2 bpg, 1.5 spg)
2. Amare Stoudamire (07-08: 25.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg 59.0 fg%)
3. Tim Duncan (01-02: 25.5 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.5 bpg)
4. Dirk Nowitzki (05-06: 26.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 40.6 3ptfg%)not the mvp year, but a better year.
5. Chris Bosh (aka Snoop Dogg) (06-07: 22.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.5 apg)

Thoughts and observations-
1. KG averages only 2.5 fouls per game despite averaging 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals per game for his career. That's impressive. He is easily the most intense player in the game today. (who is #2, btw? I'd say Lebron.)
2. Amare Stoudemire is still only 25 years old. Imagine if he never had the microfracture surgery. He gets the nod over Duncan because currently, I feel he is superior. He got a 17 foot jumper last year and after they got Shaq was un-freaking-stoppable. He averaged 29.0 ppg after the trade.(Career wise it's not even close with TD being tops on the list, maybe of all time power forwards.)
3. Tim Duncan is not underrated. Whenever an announcer says this, I want to kick him in the nards. Everyone knows Tim Duncan is one of the best all time by now. The only area of his game that is underrated is his D. He is a beast on D.
4. People who think that Dirk needs to shoot less 3's suffer from all 3 major forms of retardation. I think it finally got banged into his head last year that he should shoot less threes and because of it his scoring, shooting percentage, and offensive efficiency declined. When you have a guy that shoots close to 40 percent from the three point line you want him shooting more of those shots, not less.
5. There is a big drop off from #4 to #5. Bosh is nice, but brittle, and lacks toughness. Then you get into a slew of guys like Carlos Boozer, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Pau Gasol, David West, Shawn Marion, and maybe even Antawn Jamison. These guys are all about on par with each other with some warts, but a lot of good, as well.

Overrated: Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer, Shawn Marion, Rasheed "what the hell is that white thing in his hair?" Wallace
Underrated: David West, Al Jefferson
Best Bench Players: Carl Landry, Leon "pincers of" Powe, David Lee, Paul Millsap, Jason Maxiel

Top 5 in 5 years:
1. Amare 2. Kevin Garnett 3. Al Jefferson 4. Josh Smith 5. Tyrus Thomas

Bottom 5 Right Now:
Brian Scalabrine takes all 5 slots.

Worst Player of All Time:
Brian Scalabrine