Composite Score Ranks the NBA: Power Forwards

Composite Score stats for all players and its explanation can be found here:

1. Name: Kevin Garnett. Composite Score Percentile: 98.76%

The defending champion in this category, Garnett remains among the leaders in Composite Score. He’s the best player on probably the best team in the league, so it’s not surprising that he ranks the best at his position. Boston has turned from a lottery team to a perennial contender very quickly because of its defense. Garnett is the biggest reason for this (although don’t underestimate the abilities of his teammates). He was always a great player in Minnesota but “lost” in the so-called rivalry with Tim Duncan because of the failures of his teams. Now the tables have turned.

2. Name: David West. Composite Score Percentile: 97.52%

If you look at the numbers, you’ll see that Ben Wallace ranks as the second best power forward in the NBA. I wrestled with the idea of whether or not to include him on this list for a while. I chose against it for two reasons. One, Wallace has never looked this good according to Composite Score and will most likely drop as the season progresses. Two, I listed Ilgauskas as the top center in the league yesterday, so I figured it would be wrong to do two Cavaliers players two favors in a row.

West is also probably not deserving of the number two spot, but he’s an all-star and clearly one of the top players at his position. The reason he’s this high is because of his offense. His Offensive Composite Score is higher than that of anybody else you’ll read about today (the question is, how much of that is because of Chris Paul?). Defensively he’s much weaker, finishing not that much higher than average in Defensive Composite Score.

3. Name: Dirk Nowitzki. Composite Score Percentile: 94.74%

One thing that always surprises me is how well Nowitzki ranks defensively according to my numbers. This year is no different, as his DCS is only slightly behind his OCS. A possible explanation for this is the support of frontcourt teammate Erick Dampier, someone I wrote about yesterday who’s been underrated by most people. Offensively, everybody knows what he’s about. He dominates from mid-range and is remarkably efficient in multiple ways. He’s great from the field, great from the free throw line, and rarely turns the ball over. When he’s on fire, he’s unguardable.

4. Name: Paul Millsap. Composite Score Percentile: 92.57%

Another play got skipped: Matt Bonner. I don’t want to discredit his play so far, but most people will not have a problem with me not calling him one of the league’s best power forwards. Millsap might also seem like a fluke, but he’s for real. Carlos Boozer has been injured for much of the year (along with a few other key players), yet Utah is still fighting for a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference. Millsap is the biggest reason for this in my mind. I would have made him an All-Star reserve. Despite being undersized, he’s a monster on the glass on both ends of the court.

5. Name: Chris Bosh. Composite Score Percentile: 90.40%

One last player got skipped: Amir Johnson. He’s played well, but he’s too young and too inconsistent to be considered one of the greats at his position. Next down the list is Bosh. He started out the season on fire, but like the Raptors he’s struggled of late. Things have gotten bad enough that his name has popped in trade rumors. The credibility of those rumors remains to be seen. Toronto would be wise not to move the young superstar. Bosh is one of the most offensively gifted power forwards in the NBA, and on defense he’s not terrible either.

Honorable Mentions: Amare Stoudemire, Rashard Lewis, Pau Gasol

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