Top 30 NBA power forwards — 15. Tobias Harris, Sixers
Tobias Harris spent most of last season indulging in bad habits while the Sixers tried to overcome Ben Simmons’ absence. Then James Harden arrived, and Harris underwent the single most important transformation of his career. At long last, he embraced the 3-and-D role. He took more spot-up 3s than ever before, he made more decisive plays off the dribble, and he elevated his defensive presence. Less is more with Harris; he’s a great role player, but a mediocre star. Hopefully this version of Harris is the new normal and not a flash in the pan.
Top 30 NBA power forwards — 14. OG Anunoby, Raptors
Injuries prevented OG Anunoby from having the full-on breakout many people expected coming into the season. Now, his future with the Raptors is in doubt. Whether he stays in Toronto or not, we should expect big things from Anunoby next season. He’s a talented individual scorer who can abuse smaller defenders in isolation. On defense, he can absolutely smother the point of attack. He’s due for his breakout.
Top 30 NBA power forwards — 13. Dorian Finney-Smith, Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith is one of the singular defensive talents in the NBA. The list of superior wing-stoppers is slim to none. Finney-Smith has the size, lateral quickness, and instincts to swallow opponents whole on the perimeter. He’s a monster on the defensive end, and he’s not too shabby on offense. His shot-making took another step forward last season and he’s perfectly suited to feeding off of Luka Doncic’s brilliance.