Who were the best NBA power forwards in 2017-18?Physical small forwards have slid up a position for faster, more-skilled lineups. Meanwhile, slowing big men are resorting to life at center, a la David West. As a result, no NBA position has changed more in 10 years than the power forward. Here are our picks for the best NBA power forwards who thrived in this new environment in 2017-18. Not including anyone who couldn’t muster 50 contests in the regular season. (Sorry, Paul Millsap and Kristaps Porzingis.) For more reviews of the 2017-18 NBA season, check out our center and point guard rankings, as well as our lists of the most underrated and overrated players in the league.
20. Lauri Markkanen
The 20-year-old entered the league with a reputation as a shooter and did little to shed it once in a Bulls uniform. The seventh pick in 2017 shot 7.1 threes per 36 minutes, and connected on 36.2 percent of them. He also showed enough mobility to get by on the defensive end.