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While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
After an exciting summer that saw Nuggets PF Kenneth Faried earn All-Tournament honors as Team USA captured the gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports the Nuggets have signed the 24-year-old to a five-year, $60 million extension. Except, under the league’s current collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the fifth year of the extension requires a 7.5 percent raise from his rookie-scale deal. Read More »
After a busy summer that saw him named to the FIBA World Cup All-Tournament team, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried hasn’t had much time to play video games. When we spoke with him earlier this week he was about to crack open his copy of Destiny, the Activision odyssey that — for Faried — hopefully lets him shoot some people like Call of Duty, another favorite for a player who showed he deserves to be mentioned with the game’s elite. Read More »
Among the things we loved most about the World Cup were the unique replays and camera angles offered by the FIBA broadcast team. We were privy to awesome views of the games in Spain to which we simply aren’t accustomed from NBA action, and it made the rare August-September basketball even better than we were anticipating. Though Team USA took down upstart Serbia in the gold medal game yesterday and officially ended the tournament in the process, the FIBA experience was far from over for fans. Read More »
USA Basketball is running a three-point shooting clinic in their gold medal game against Serbia this Sunday afternoon. But with most of America watching football, the men’s basketball team continues to show off their athleticism in the World Cup with a scramble for the ball at mid-court leading to a Kenneth Faried slam after a gorgeous feed from Derrick Rose. Read More »
Team USA breakout star and World Cup MVP candidate Kenneth Faried entered the Americans’ semifinal game against Lithuania today shooting a scintillating 71.6 percent from the floor. After a 3-of-7 performance in the United States’ 96-68 win, however, Faried’s tourney-long field goal percentage has fallen to 67.6. Slacker. It’s safe to say that this pair of awesome dunks wasn’t to blame for his dreadful – italics for sarcasm – shooting performance. Read More »
USA Basketball had a day off after yesterday’s dominating 119-76 win over Slovenia and Goran Dragic. They’ll face Lithuania in the semifinal of the FIBA World Cup tomorrow, so today the players could relax. For Stephen Curry and Kenneth Faried that meant a spontaneous shooting contest…from the bench. Read More »
After intended frontcourt stalwarts Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and LaMarcus Aldridge opted against playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, the Americans’ biggest strength became its litany of super-talented guards. Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, and James Harden are all franchise cornerstones when healthy, capable of directing and creating offense like only a select few players in the world. Read More »
Team USA was a little off in the first half of their quarterfinal game against Slovenia today during the FIBA World Cup in Spain, and only held a slight — for them — 49-42 lead at the half. Their offensive rebounding powered them through the poor shooting and they secured a 119-76 win going away in the second half, including a fun no-look alley-oop from James Harden to Kenneth Faried. Read More »