• Tuesday, June 06, 2023


The Best Power Forwards to Watch in the NBA Finals

By: Admin Super

Power forwards occupy one of five places on the team. They’re typically tall and strong, and their primary responsibilities are defending, rebounding, and shooting.

These team players are crucial in ensuring a basketball team operates at its best.

For a rundown of the top power forwards so far this season, and those to look out for in the finals, here’s a breakdown of the best.

Plus, you’ll find Hollinger’s player efficiency rating (PER) alongside each player. John Hollinger developed this system to combine and drill down players’ contributions each season to one figure representing their average performance.

With the stats and facts below, basketball fans can better understand the odds of whether their chosen team is likely to win. And indulge in online betting with the knowledge and confidence they need to boost their chances of winning some money. Let’s begin!

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks | PER 28.69

Despite not winning MVP in the last two seasons, he still came third place in MVP voting last season, and next to Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, he was the only player to get votes for first place.

Based on performance stats this far, Giannis is the number 1 power forward this season, earning, on average, 38.4 points per 40 minutes, beating his previous average the year before of 36.3. 14.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

His input on the court is plenty, so he’s one to watch.

Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers | PER: 28.18

In 2nd place, we have Anthony Davis.

Since 2020, Anthony Davis and the Laker’s success has waned. David was in the top 6 as a finisher in voting for MVP that year, but he didn’t even make the cut for the all-star game in the last one.

But the latest sports news shows he’s making a much-appreciated comeback for the team. Statistically speaking, he’s the 2nd best power forward this season, averaging 31.2 points, 14.8 rebounds, and three assists.

Right now, the Lakers are fortunate to have him.

Kevin Durant Phoenix Suns | PER: 26.72

Kevin’s methodical in his play and reserves energy for the moments he needs most to prevent being targeted by the defense.

At 34, Kevin Durant keeps up the pace, exposing little to no flaws in his offensive game. As such, he’s in with the most incredible power forwards this season, sitting at number 3 on the Hollinger stats table.

The figures reveal Durant has an expected point average of 32.7 per 40 minutes, 9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.

Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelican | PER: 25.62

With only a few seasons under his belt, he’s proven to be a consistent high achiever, maintaining a steady 32 points or more in 40-minute games in the last two seasons. Despite his foot injury, he’s only half a point away from reaching his previous average this season. Rebounds have fallen in at 8.5 and assists at 5.6.

The data shows he is a trustworthy player, worthy of hedging their bets, particularly if you’re looking for a predictable outcome. He should hopefully, for the pelicans sake return before the season ends.

Lauri Markkanen Cleveland Cavalier | PER 22.39

During his first campaign with the cavaliers, Lauri has had an impactful season.

For instance, the Finnish player has dramatically increased his average points per game since last season, with 19.2 to 29.3 being no small feat.

Rebounds have also increased, and assists are a touch higher than last season. Lauri is one to watch; he’s currently clocking up great results.

Christian Wood, Dallas Mavericks | PER: 20.9

After being traded from the Rockets to the Mavericks, he began the season wearing new colors, and so far, he fits in well.

The Mavericks didn’t have a big guy onside before, but now they do; the team and star player Luka have more chances to shoot.

So far this season, Wood has scored, on average, 25.7 points, retrieved 11.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per 40 minutes. He’s already a few points ahead of his stats from last season and will likely ramp up the score before the season ends, so if you haven’t already, keep tabs on Christian Wood.

The position of each power forward will likely change over the coming weeks. Primarily as, while most have performed consistently, unexpected events, such as an injury, could occur. But for now, the above bunch are considered the strongest power forwards in the league and likely to be the most watched in the NBA finals.

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