Top 30 NBA power forwards — 21. Jonathan Isaac, Magic
It has been a long time since Jonathan Isaac last played NBA basketball. When we last saw him, Isaac was on the verge of perennial All-Defense contention. His size, versatility, and instincts are hard to match. At 6-foot-11, he can play the role of ball-stopper or rim protector. That said, who knows how Isaac will look once he gets back. He will have a lot to prove, especially with Orlando likely about to draft a player at his position while the likes of Wendell Carter Jr., Franz Wagner, and Mo Bamba all progress in the frontcourt hierarchy.
Top 30 NBA power forwards — 20. P.J. Tucker, Sixers
P.J. Tucker fits right in with the ‘Heat Culture’ mandate in Miami. He competes his tail off every night, he understands his role, and he’s never out of shape. Even at 36 years old, Tucker is able to chase around the NBA’s most dynamic perimeter scorers on a nightly basis. He checked KD last postseason — this year, it was James Harden and Jayson Tatum. On offense, he’s the corner specialist poster child. Get him a good look in the corner and it’s basically a foregone conclusion.
Top 30 NBA power forwards — 19. Kyle Kuzma, Wizards
Kyle Kuzma embraced the bigger role afforded to him in Washington. Never the most consistent role player, Kuzma was always better suited to real offensive responsibility. The Wizards needed him to create his own offense and provide that secondary punch behind Bradley Beal, and Kuzma obliged. He also improved as a passer and defender, rounding out the rough edges of his game and becoming a legitimately reliable starter.