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Who are the top 10 power forwards in the NBA entering the 2019-20 season?

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Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBAE/Getty Images)

Having ranked the top 30 players in the NBA, it only makes sense that we now break down the league's best players at each position.

Up to the task are four members of our NBA.com Staff: Myself, Kyle Irving, Scott Rafferty and Carlan Gay.

For the sake of repetitiveness in this activity, we classified players as one position.

For example, you'll notice that Anthony Davis, who some may consider to be a centre, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who many list as a small forward, can be found on this list as they will both play power forward for their respective teams this season. Conversely, LaMarcus Aldridge's name is absent from this list as we considered him to be one of the league's best centres due to his role with the San Antonio Spurs.

As for players who just missed the cut: Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson ranked just outside the top-10.

With that being said, below, you'll find our rankings for the best power forwards in the NBA entering the 2019-20 season.

10. Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls

Stat to know: In just 120 career games, Markkanen has knocked down 265 3-pointers.

A career 36.2% 3-point shooter, the 7-footer has established himself as one of the best stretch bigs in the NBA at just 22-years-old. In his rookie season, he became the quickest player in NBA history to hit 100 3s.

9. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic

Stat to know: Gordon finished the 2018-19 season with 104 dunks and 121 made 3-pointers.

Known for his insane athleticism, Gordon has continued to develop his offensive game as evidenced by his 3-point shooting. Last season, he was one of just four NBA players to have over 100 dunks and 100 made triples (Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jerami Grant).

8. Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Stat to know: Love averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 22 games last season.

Injuries resulted in last season being one of the more trying years of Love's career but he still managed to post solid averages when he did take the floor. Love, who took a career-high 6.7 3-pointers per game last year, has shown he has plenty left in the tank and should bounce back in his 12th NBA season.

7. John Collins, Atlanta Hawks

Stat to know: Collins posted 20 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds last season.

At just 22-years-old, Collins has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in the NBA. Last season, he averaged 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over 61 games, falling just shy of averaging 20 & 10. The amount of big games he had last season suggests he's ready to make that leap in Year 3.

6. Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks

Stat to know: Opening night falls 624 days after Porzingis last appeared in an NBA game.

A torn ACL suffered in early February of 2018 put an end to Porzingis' first All-Star campaign and held him out of the entirety of the 2018-19 season. Prior to his injury, he was averaging 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Should he return to this All-Star level of production, the Mavericks could become a sleeper team in the West.

5. Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

Stat to know: Siakam averaged 19.0 points per game in the 2019 postseason.

After averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game in the 2018-19 regular season, the Most Improved Player took his game to another level by increasing his production throughout the Raptors title run. With Kawhi Leonard now gone, Siakam's scoring becomes a major key to Toronto's success.

T-3. Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons

Stat to know: Griffin knocked down a career-high 189 triples in 2018-19.

After making a combined 42 3-pointers in his first six NBA seasons, Griffin has shown consistent development as a perimeter shooter, leading to his career season from beyond the arc, doing so at a 36.2% clip. Not only was his mark of 189 3s a team-high, it was the second-highest single-season total in franchise history.

T-3. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

Stat to know: Green posted averages of 13.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the 2019 playoffs.

Green nearly doubled his scoring output from the regular season, stepping up when the Warriors needed him the most in the postseason, even posting six triple-doubles in 22 games. With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out until at least the All-Star break, Golden State will need these efforts for the entirety of the regular season.

2. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Stat to know: In 13 career playoff games, Davis has averaged 30.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

As AD teams up with LeBron James in Los Angeles, the franchise has its sights set on winning title number 17. With the Lakers postseason drought likely coming to an end this season, expect to see more sustained brilliance from The Brow in the playoffs, where he's at his best.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Stat to know: Antetokounmpo averaged career-highs in points (27.7) and rebounds (12.5) last season.

In each of his first six seasons in the NBA, Antetokounmpo has increased his production as a scorer and rebounder. If that trend continues, can he become a player that puts up 30 & 14 on a nightly basis to repeat as Most Valuable Player?

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