Preseason Fantasy Power Forward Rankings

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Anthony Davis

The Brow has been dominating the preseason and erupted for 37 points in his last game. The injury risk is pretty evident, but his talent is unavoidable. He did, however, play his most games last season with 75. It will be interesting what Davis can do for a whole season next to DeMarcus Cousins. Injury or not, he is still worth a 1st round pick.

 

Blake Griffin

Another candidate for injury, Griffin enters the season as the bonafide No. 1 option for the Clippers. He still averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in his 61 games last year. Doc Rivers has been on the record saying he wants Griffin to be a facilitator this season, which will be intriguing on draft day. His 0.6 3-pointers is his highest in his career and hopefully he can keep improving on that.

 

Draymond Green

Draymond Green’s field goal attempts decreased by two last season, but his steals per game increased and his turnovers decreased. All in all, it was an even trade off. He is a nightly triple-double threat on the league’s best team. Green is a fine pick in the second round.

 

Kristaps Porzingis

Porzingis spent a lot of time in the weight room this summer getting ready for the rigors of being the No. 1 option on offense. He has all of the opportunities in the world to average 25+ points this season. Porzingis also grabs a decent amount of rebounds and blocks two shots per game. Keep an eye on his hip injury that is sidelining him probably until the season opener, if he does play.

 

Paul Millsap

The Denver Nuggets were 7th in the NBA in pace of play last year and this is music to Millsap owners’ ears. He has taken the initiative in being the leader for the team and holding a minicamp this past August for his prospective team. He’s averaging 17.5 points so far this preseason. Head coach Michael Malone has said he wants the offense to run through, Millsap so he could flirt with 4.5 assists per game.

 

Kevin Love

For the past two seasons, the Cavs have said Kevin Love will be the primary focus on offense. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. This could actually be the year. With the departure of Kyrie Irving, nearly 20 shots open up for the Cavalier offense. Derrick Rose surely won’t be taking those and Isaiah Thomas will be shelved for much of the season. Love might be the starting center for the team and that would translate well for a center that averages over two triples per game.

 

Serge Ibaka

Ibaka had a nice bounce back season last year with 14.8 points. He will be capped by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, though. He took a whopping nine 3-pointers in his preseason debut, making only one. He did average 1.8 3-pointers last season to go along with 1.6 blocks per game. He should continue to see plenty of time at center in the small ball lineups.

 

Aaron Gordon

The hype train is gaining full steam for Aaron Gordon in the preseason. He has put together three straight impressive outings. Frank Vogel also really talked up how Gordon will benefit from being in the same system for more than one year. “Aaron looks like he’s going to see a big gain from that and hopefully we’ll see a big jump in his production this year.” Gordon put up averages of 16.4 points, 6.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.9 treys on 50.3 percent from the field and 83.8 percent from the line in his last 24 games.

 

Harrison Barnes

There is talk of Harrison Barnes moving to power forward this season and he responded by bulking up. The Mavericks are focusing on developing their young core players, and Barnes was one of the players included. He has stated he wants to average three assists per game this season. That’d be nice to add to his 19.2 points and nearly six rebounds per game. Go ahead and grab him in the middle rounds.

 

Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder will most likely see a significant reduction in points, but his assists, rebounds and steals should still all be there. He improved his 3-point dramatically last season as well. Even if he is undersized, Crowder should have no problem matching up with the opposing team’s starting four man. It seems that Cavaliers are pulling a Golden State and going full small ball. Hey, if it works, then we’re in store for CLE vs. GS Part IV.

Danny Stokes - Senior NBA Writer/Analyst for Legion Report

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