Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis ranked as 7th best power forward

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis should be ranked higher

Kristaps Porzingis was seventh in Bleacher Report’s top power forwards. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and Pascal Siakam were the top three. Each man was deserving of that ranking. After that, Porzingis was the fourth-best power forward this season. Let us take a closer look.

Danilo Gallinari ranked one spot ahead of KP on the list. This one is a bit baffling. Gallinari played in four more games, averages more assists, and has better shooting percentages. The two players are both putting up 19.2 points per game, and Porzingis rates significantly better by every defensive metric. Gallinari is the better offensive player this season, but KP tops him on the other end. Give me, Porzingis’ better all-around game.

Domantas Sabonis checks in at number five. It is a similar tale here. Sabonis is an offensive force. He averages more rebound and assists per game with better shooting percentages. Sabonis does not stretch the floor. Porzingis again has a massive defensive advantage. Most teams would prefer a stretch four and plus defender which gives the Unicorn the nod.

Fourth on Bleacher Report’s list is Zion Williamson. The 20-year-old was fantastic on the offensive end in his 19 games played. He rated as a negative defender, though. It is impossible to say he had more impact than Porzingis when he played less than half as many games. Zion may be a future star, but he does not deserve to be ahead of Porzingis, Sabonis, or Gallinari based on production this season.

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