NBA Tier 2: Perennial All-Star power forwards
9) Lauri Markkanen-Utah Jazz
8) Julius Randle-New York Knicks
7) Pascal Siakam-Toronto Raptors
6) Karl-Anthony Towns-Minnesota Timberwolves
5) Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies
4) Zion Williamson-New Orleans
3) Anthony Davis-LA Lakers
The second tier includes seven all-star-caliber power forwards, with quite a few big names making the cut. Headlining the group is Anthony Davis, who, despite playing a lot of center last season, is still a power forward. Davis is a two-way star who helped carry the Los Angeles Lakers to the Western Conference Finals last season. With LeBron entering year 21, Davis will have to do even more next season to help them repeat last season’s success.
Other players on this list include reigning Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. and reigning Most Improved Player Lauri Markkanen. Then there is Zion Williamson, who might be a Tier 1 player if he was able to stay healthy.
His career stats of 26 points on 59% shooting, along with 5 rebounds and 3.6 assists, are certainly worthy of that tier, but his health and longevity are very much concerns going forward. After a bad 2021–22 season, Julius Randle had a nice bounce-back year for the New York Knicks.
Though there seems to be a career trend where he plays much better in even years than in odd years, 2023 is an odd year, so… Rounding out the list is Pascal Siakam and Karl-Anthony Towns. Siakam had a career-high last season for the Toronto Raptors but may not remain there for all of this season since he is on an expiring contract.
As for Towns, he missed a large chunk of the last season with an injury but is still among the most talented power forwards in the league. Next up is tier 1. Which players made the cut?