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2018 Free Agent Rankings: PFs

Monday, June 25, 2018


With the top-10 rankings of point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards already completed, today we focus on the best power forwards hitting the free agent market next month.


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1. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (restricted):
There were flashes of brilliance from Gordon last season. In an October win over the Nets, he poured in 40 points and grabbed 14 boards, becoming just the third player in the NBA since 2012-13 to record at least 40 points and ten rebounds at age 22 or younger, joining Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns. In a November victory over OKC, he tallied 40 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and four steals. On the flipside of the coin, Gordon continued to battle injury issues and missed 24 games due to an assortment of ailments. Nonetheless, Orlando’s views him as a key piece of the organization's foundation and will likely lock him up long-term this offseason.


2. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (restricted):
Per NBA.com, Randle was the only player in the league last season to average at least 16 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting over 55.5% from the field. Over the second half of the season, his numbers were even more impressive: 19.2 points (on 56.8 percent shooting), 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The Lakers are big-game hunting this summer, hoping to land LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and/or Paul George. As a result, they may have to part ways with Randle, as they only have so much cap space to work with.

 

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3. Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz:
After a disappointing and injury-plagued 2016-17 campaign, Favors was healthy and productive in 2017-18, averaging 12.3 points, 7.2 boards and 1.1 blocks, while shooting a career-best 56.3% from the floor. Despite heading into his ninth NBA season, Favors is still just 26 years of age. Although he doesn’t have the upside of some other players on this list, Favors is a reliable, effective big that can contribute on both ends of the floor and can slide back and forth between power forward and center.


4. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks (restricted):
When healthy, Parker has flashed All-Star potential. For instance, over the first 50 games of the 2016-17 season, Parker averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists, while shooting 49.0 percent from the floor. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy during his brief NBA career. He’s torn his left ACL twice since entering the league, and has played in just 183 of a possible 328 games. Yet, he’s still only 23 years old and played well in spurts over the final few months of the 2017-18 campaign. He’ll generate plenty of interest on the open market, and it will be interesting to see if the Bucks choose to match should he sign a massive offer sheet with another team.


5. Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers (player option):
Young is "seriously contemplating" declining his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. This is somewhat surprising, considering it’s highly unlikely he’ll be able to sign a new contract that would pay him north of $12 million annually. However, Young could be figuring that he has a good chance of signing a multi-year deal this summer, which could make sense in the long run, even if he had to sacrifice some money in the short term.

 

6. Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers (restricted):
Harrell was traded to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul deal and ended up exceeding expectations in Los Angeles. Over the final 41 games of the season, he scored in double-figures 33 times and averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting a scorching 66.0 percent from the floor. For the season, Harrell averaged 11.0 points in just 17 minutes. Per NBA.com, he is the only player in the shot clock era to average at least 10 points on over 60 percent shooting in under 19 minutes per game. He’s the second player to do so in under 20 minutes per game.

 

7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (team option):
Not only was Dirk productive, he was also surprisingly durable last season, starting 77 of the Mavericks first 78 games. Nowitzki averaged a career-high 2.6 treys per-36 minutes and posted a True Shooting percentage of 57.5 percent, his highest since 2013-14. 2017-18 was his 20th NBA season, all with the same team. The only other player in league history to spend an entire 20-year career with one team was the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant.


8. Jerami Grant, Oklahoma City Thunder:
Grant earned just $1.5 million last season but was an underrated, integral part of the Thunder’s success. His length, athleticism and versatile skill set enable him to play and defend multiple positions. OKC would like to bring him back, but with Carmelo Anthony opting in for $27.9 million, the Thunder will have a limited budget, especially if they are able to re-sign Paul George to a max contract.


9. Luc Mbah a Moute, Houston Rockets:
Mbah a Moute was an important contributor to the Rocket’s league-leading 65 wins in 2017-18. He averaged over 25 minutes a night and chipped in 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He’s a prototypical “glue guy,” whose perimeter defense is greatly valued by general manager Daryl Morey and the folks in Houston.


10. Michael Beasley, New York Knicks:
Beasley has bounced around, playing for six different teams over the last six years. However, last season in New York, he put together one of the most efficient and effective seasons of his career. The Waking Bucket averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in just 22.3 minutes, while shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 39.5 percent from downtown. His defense remains an issue, but he can still score points in bunches.


Best of the Rest:
* Kevon Looney, Golden State Warriors (restricted)
* Ed Davis, Portland Trail Blazers
* Ersan Ilyasova, Philadelphia 76ers
* Nemanja Bjelica, Minnesota Timberwolves (restricted)
* Davis Bertans, San Antonio Spurs (restricted)
* Anthony Tolliver, Detroit Pistons
* Mike Scott, Washington Wizards
* Trevor Booker, Indiana Pacers
* David West, Golden State Warriors

 




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