NBA: Ranking all 30 starting power forwards for 2017-18

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9. Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

It’s no secret that Serge Ibaka isn’t what he once was. His production has been on the decline since 2014, he was unable to lift the Toronto Raptors over the hump last year and his lack of passing allowed defenses to completely shut down Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan isolations without having to pay for it when the ball moved to someone else.

However, Ibaka will get the next three years to find his place in the North, and it’s not like he’s completely washed up. With such a mediocre group of 4s to compete against, Ibaka’s 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game with the Raptors easily put him in the top 10.

He’s not the premier shot-blocker he used to be, but Ibaka has the versatility to play the 5 in small-ball lineups and can also spread the floor as a stretch-4 who shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range while wearing a Toronto jersey. If Ibaka can be more of a two-way weapon in 2017-18, We The North may be more dangerous than people think.