Ranking 76ers’ P.J. Tucker and the top 30 NBA power forwards

P.J. Tucker, Giannis Antetoukounmpo (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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We’re over halfway through the NBA season. As such, it is time to revisit our positional rankings. Today, the focus lies on power forwards: a position marred by the evolving philosophy of NBA teams. A potpourri of players technically qualify as 4s, from dynamic wing defenders to true second bigs.

For the Philadelphia 76ers, the power forward position has been a source of immense controversy and unhappiness throughout the fanbase. Daryl Morey shelled out $33 million over three years to acquire P.J. Tucker’s services, and so far, the results lie somewhere between mixed and miserable depending on your tolerance for sugarcoating.

How does Tucker stack up against the best at his position? Well…

(You can read also our rankings for small forward, shooting guard, and point guard).

Ranking P.J. Tucker and the top 30 power forwards in the NBA

Philadelphia 76ers. P.J. Tucker. 30. player. 93. . PF

There’s a strong argument to keep P.J. Tucker off this list entirely. He’s averaging 3.4 points per game, shooting the lowest volume of 3s since his second year in the league, and even his defense isn’t what it once was. That said, there have been flashes of brilliant star-stopping on-ball D from the vet, who still projects as an important part of the Sixers’ postseason calculus.

29. player. 81. . PF. Toronto Raptors. Chris Boucher

A microwave-scoring forward whose lanky frame and tireless hustle make him the perfect Raptor. He gets after on both ends and is capable of some surprisingly acrobatic plays on the offensive end, combined with a decent 3-point stroke to keep the defense honest.

Los Angeles Clippers. Marcus Morris Sr.. 28. player. 77. . PF

Marcus Morris has lost a step — especially on defense — but he can still efficiently snipe 3s and punish mismatches in the post. The Clippers still rely on his shot-making a great deal next to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.