Fonzy’s Top 10 2017 NBA Free Agents: Power Forwards


NBA free agency is set to begin on July 1st and it should be an interesting period for teams trying to find that missing piece. During the playoffs, I did my list og top 10 NBA free agent point guards, shooting guards and small forwards. Today, I will be looking my top 10 NBA free agent power forwards.

10. Ersan Ilyasova

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  • Team: Atlanta Hawks
  • Type of FA: Unrestricted
  • 2016-2017 season stats (with Atlanta): 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds & 1.6 assists

Ilyasova played for three teams this past season with the Thunder, 76ers and Hawks respectively. No matter where he went, he was a reliable stretch four and will definitely get plenty of looks in free agency.

9. Amir Johnson

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  • Team: Boston Celtics
  • Type of FA: Unrestricted
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 6.5 points, 4.6 rebounds & 1.8 assists

Believe it or not, Amir Johnson is an 11-year veteran and is still 30 years old. Johnson can still give you quality minutes on both ends of the floor in what probably looks like one of his last times he can potentially get paid in the offseason.

8. JaMychal Green

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  • Team: Memphis Grizzlies
  • Type of FA: Restricted
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds & 1.1 assists

Green beat out Zach Randolph for the starting power forward spot and was solid in his first year as a starter. He showed flashes of brilliance on the defensive end and at 26 years old, he still has many years ahead of him.

7. Taj Gibson

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  • Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Type of FA: Unrestricted
  • 2016-2017 season stats (with Oklahoma City): 9.0 points & 4.5 rebounds

The longtime role player for the Chicago Bulls was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during this past year’s trade deadline. Gibson can still give you valuable minutes at 32 years old. Look for him to latch on to a contender.

6. Zach Randolph

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  • Team: Memphis Grizzlies
  • Type of FA: Unrestricted
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds & 1.7 assists

Randolph came off the bench for the majority of his 7th season with the Memphis Grizzlies and did well in the role he was put in. The 35-year-old can still give you quality minutes on the defensive end. The question remains is that does he want to finish his career in Memphis?

5. Dirk Nowitzki

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  • Team: Dallas Mavericks
  • Type of FA: Team Option
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds & 1.5 assists

I was really debating putting Dirk on this list. He is pretty much at the end of his career but wants to play for at least one more season. The odds are low that Nowitzki leaves the Mavericks and will look to sign one more deal with Dallas.

4. Pau Gasol

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  • Team: San Antonio Spurs
  • Type of FA: Player Option
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists & 1.1 blocks

Gasol is one of the many veterans on this list. He sacrificed a big pay day to ring chase with the San Antonio Spurs. Will he do it again?

3. Serge Ibaka

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  • Team: Toronto Raptors
  • Type of FA: Unrestricted
  • 2016-2017 season stats (with Toronto): 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds & 1.4 blocks

He is no longer the Defensive Play of the Year candidate he once was in Oklahoma City, but he is still a great defender and proved to be a difference maker in Toronto. Add that he has slowly improved his three-point shot and it 27 years old, Ibaka will get plenty of looks once July 1st hits.

2. Paul Millsap

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  • Team: Atlanta Hawks
  • Type of FA: Player Option
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists & 1.3 steals

In my opinion, Millsap is one of the more underrated players in the NBA. He has been an All-Star all four years with the Atlanta Hawks and keeps improving every season. He is a two-way player that will get a nice day-day this offseason.

1. Blake Griffin

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  • Team: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Type of FA: Player Option
  • 2016-2017 season stats: 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds & 4.9 assists

Blake Griffin has tremendous talent but has been hit with the injury bug the past few seasons. The injury history will be a red flag for some teams but regardless he will get a nice contract from what we have seen when he is on the court. With Chris Paul moving on, Griffin might move on for a better opportunity to win.

The power forward list has a lot of veterans who can still give quality minutes to teams who are contending. I can see many of these players have new homes in the near future.


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