5. Paolo Banchero, Magic
It appears that the Orlando Magic have found their franchise cornerstone in Paolo Banchero. The 6-foot-10 forward led all rookies in scoring, despite struggling with efficiency at times. His scoring efficiency should improve and if he can become more of a two-way player, the Magic should be in the hunt for a playoff berth next season.
4. Zion Williamson, Pelicans
Injuries are the reason why Zion Williamson is as low as he is on this list. The 6-foot-6 forward is one of the best offensive players in the NBA and when healthy the New Orleans Pelicans were a legit threat in the Western Conference last year. If he can stay healthy then he’s the second-best power forward in the NBA, but he has to prove it by staying healthy.
3. Julius Randle, Knicks
The rise of Julius Randle as a member of the New York Knicks has been astounding. Randle is a three-level scorer who can bully defenders with his physicality. The 6-foot-8 forward has impressed in the regular season, but now he needs to shine in the postseason which he has failed to do so up to this point.
2. Pascal Siakam, Raptors
It’s stunning how so many fans don’t give Pascal Siakam the respect he deserves. He’s a complete two-way player at 6-foot-9 and he’s already won an NBA title in his career. With it appearing that the Toronto Raptors are heading toward a rebuild, it will be interesting how much longer he will be with that franchise.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
In no shocking fashion, Giannis Antetokounmpo is atop of this list yet again. The 7-footer is easily a top-10 power forward in NBA history and could easily claim a top-two spot when his career is over if he continues his uniquely dominant play. As long as he’s a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, they will always be a contender.
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