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Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 NBA Power Forwards 2014-15

2014-15 NBA SEASON PREVIEW CONTENT LIST

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Here are the top 10 NBA power forwards in Fantasy Basketball for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Rankings are based on projected per-game averages of the standard nine statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, threes made, steals, blocks, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, and turnovers.

  1. Anthony Davis, NOP – His rise last season has ushered in the renaissance of the dominant big man archetype in fantasy basketball. He brings everything you expect from a top-caliber forward-center; blocks, boards, points, and good field-goal percentages. With 79.1 percent shooting from the line and just 1.7 turnovers he doesn’t have any real drawbacks.
  2. Kevin Love, CLE – He is the top-end evolution of what an insanely good stretch four can be. He shoots threes (2.5) and passes (4.4) like a shooting guard, while still crashing the boards (12.5) like it’s nobody’s business. Despite being with elite company in Cleveland, Love should still deliver top notch fantasy value this season.
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge, POR – Aldridge averaged a ridiculously good 23-11 double-double in 2013-14. He’s on the last year of his contract with Portland so expect him to put together some numbers worthy of a max contract.
  4. Serge Ibaka, OKC – He’s developed into more than just a defensive specialist. Ibaka proved that he can put up some points on the scoreboard last season (15.1 PPG). He’s also durable, missing just three games over the last two regular seasons.
  5. Chris Bosh, MIA – With LeBron James gone and Dwyane Wade’s knees bothering him every once in a while, we expect Bosh to get many opportunities to shine and put up some big numbers in 2014-15. For a more in-depth look on Chris Bosh’s fantasy basketball outlook click HERE.
  6. Blake Griffin, LAC – The key to Griffin’s improvement in 9-cat fantasy last season was the development of his free-throw shooting which rose to an acceptable 71.5 percent. If he can maintain or further improve it, while continuing his phenomenal displays of athleticism in the open court, he’ll be a top tier power forward this season.
  7. Dirk Nowitzki, DAL – It was amazing to witness how he turned back the clock last season and produce first-round level numbers. He’s another year older, but he’s shown that he knows how to minimize decline due to age.
  8. Paul Millsap, ATL – Millsap numbers exploded last season, partly due to the absence of Al Horford (injury). He is playing for a new contract this season, so expect some good numbers from him.
  9. Thaddeus Young, MIN – He’s now playing with a more talent-filled team in Minnesota, so don’t expect a repeat of last season’s numbers. He still brings that unique benefit of getting steals from the PF position. In 2013-14 Young was second in the league in total steals (167) and third in the league in steals per game at 2.1.
  10. Pau Gasol, CHI – He’s playing on one of the best Eastern conference teams and will be sharing the paint with Joakim Noah this season. A change in scenery might just be able to reinvigorate one of the league’s best power forwards. His passionate performance during the FIBA World Cup showed that he still has something left in the tank. Can he keep up that pace over an 82-game season? Time will tell.
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