Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls are two of the best power forwards available in the 2016 NBA free agency. As part of a five-part series, here is Sportsrageous’ list of the top five power forwards in this year’s free agent class.
1. Al Horford, 30 – Atlanta Hawks (UFA)
Al Horford just turned 30 and he has had problems with injuries in the past several seasons, but he’s one of the best big men in the NBA. He can score with efficiency, he can defend and he has added a three-point shot this season.
He’s been used as an undersized center for the better part of his career but he is really a power forward. He can switch on guards and defend bigger players while also making the right decisions on offense. His first choice is to stay in Atlanta but the Hawks need to convince him that they are serious about building a better team.
2. Pau Gasol, 35 – Chicago Bulls (PO)
Even though he’s already 35 years old, Pau Gasol is still one of the best players in the league. He can still score in the post, shoot the mid-range jumper and can defend younger players. However, at this stage of his career, Gasol will look to sign with a contender.
His younger brother, Marc, has insisted that Pau should sign with the Spurs. He seems perfect in San Antonio especially if Tim Duncan retires. Nonetheless, the older Gasol will be pursued by a handful of teams in free agency.
3. Ryan Anderson, 28 – New Orleans Pelicans (UFA)
In today’s NBA, if a player can shoot threes, he’ll likely get paid big bucks. Ryan Anderson is a player that can knock down a lot of threes, and he’s also a smart player and a good rebounder. However, his overall defense and injury history will affect his value quite a bit but he will receive a great raise this summer.
4. Dirk Nowitzki, 37 – Dallas Mavericks (PO)
A future Hall of Famer, Dirk Nowitzki is still going strong after leading the Mavericks to the postseason without a good center. However, he’s not leaving Dallas. He is the greatest player in Mavericks history and the best player to come out of Europe.
5. Marvin Williams, 29 – Charlotte Hornets (UFA)
The former second overall pick had his best seasons in seven years while playing the small ball power forward for the Hornets. Marvin Williams averaged 11.7 points per game but his 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 block and 40.2 percent shooting from threes are all career highs.
Honorable Mentions: Terrence Jones, 24 – Houston Rockets (RFA), Jared Sullinger, 24 – Boston Celtics (RFA), David West, 35 – San Antonio Spurs (PO), Marreese Speights, 28 – Golden State Warriors (UFA), Mirza Teletovic, 30 – Phoenix Suns (UFA)
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