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NBA Draft Kit: Power Forward Tiers

Alex Barutha

Alex writes primarily about the NBA for RotoWire. His work has appeared on CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and other sites. He enjoys both year-long and daily fantasy. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.

The power forward position has gained increased attention over the past few seasons, beginning with the true emergence of the “stretch four” -- a big who can step out behind the arc and knock down threes.

In tandem with increased three-point shooting, pace of play also continues to increase in the NBA, with teams like the Warriors (115.9 PPG), Rockets (115.3 PPG), and Nuggets (111.7 PPG) pushing the envelope last season. For reference, just as recently as the 2013-14 season, the top scoring team (the Clippers) posted 107.9 PPG.

However, we’ve reached the point where it becomes an oddity if a team’s power forward can’t shoot threes at a respectable clip. It’s expected. There’s nearly an excess of power forwards drilling a few threes en route to 14-16 points per game while adding 5-7 rebounds per game. To some extent, when trying to choose between those players in fantasy, you’re splitting hairs. Their role on the team and age often become the deciding factors.

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