Top 30 NBA power forwards — 3. Pascal Siakam, Raptors
Pascal Siakam continues to elevate his star status in the shadows. He doesn’t get a ton of credit — in fact, he’s often lampooned for his “predictable” style of play — but the simple fact is, Siakam is one of the more challenging players to defend at his position. Not many players can match Siakam’s blend of size, speed, coordination moving downhill. His spin move is a thing of beauty more often than not, and he’s one heck of a defender on the other end.
Top 30 NBA power forwards — 2. Zion Williamson, Pelicans
Zion Williamson, in just his second NBA season, emerged as the league’s most dominant interior scorer. Despite being 6-foot-6, and despite being no remote threat behind the 3-point line, Williamson always managed to knife his way to the rim for easy points. He’s too strong and too fast for just about every defender in the NBA. Next the the man listed ahead of him at No. 1, Zion is the example of a singular, unrivaled athletic force. He needs to try on defense, and he needs to return to form after a long injury-related absence, but Williamson is already a superstar when he’s right.
Top 30 NBA power forwards — 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the consensus best player in the world right now. There’s not much else to say. He’s the most unstoppable offensive force on the planet, and he’s also a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate. No mega-star gives consistent effort on the level Giannis does, and no NBA player is so singularly difficult to stop. Giannis even made significant strides last season, improving on his jumper and adding more touch to his floaters. The sky is the limit. He might get better again. He’s amazing.