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2009-10 Final Power Forward Rankings

Dirk Nowitzki contributed in all eight categories.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While LeBron James and guards Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul grabbed all the pre-draft headlines, our TSN 2009-10 Fantasy Power Forward Award goes to the often overlooked superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

All the Dallas Mavericks' forward did was contribute in all eight categories beginning with a 25.0 ppg average along with 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Throw in 42.1% from three-point range and hitting 536-for-586 from the free throw line (91.5%) and you have a fantasy superstar. He was drafted in the back half of the first round (ADP 8) and his owners got everything they expected.

Zach Randolph owners got a lot more than they expected when they drafted him at the end of the fifth or early sixth round (ADP 63). Randolph was one of just three "20-10" players league-wide, all of whom were power forwards. But while Chris Bosh and David Lee put up comparable statistics, they were drafted three or four rounds earlier. It was Randolph's third 20-10 season in the last four years with three different clubs. I'm betting he stays put this time around as the Memphis Grizzlies have the nucleus for a winning club.

It's not that Kevin Garnett had a bad season, averaging 14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 2.7 apg, it's just that so much more is expected of a second-round selection. It's not his fault that he's not the 24-point, 13-rebound guy he was in Minnesota, but fantasy owners apparently keep thinking he is and draft him like he is still 28-years-old. Until owners lower their expectations, Garnett will continue to be overvalued in fantasy leagues and for that reason "wins" the 2009-10 Most Disappointing Award at the power forward position. Early 2010-11 mock drafts have him selected at No.64, so the message must be starting to get through.

2009-10 Power Forward Rankings
1)Dirk NowitzkiDAL25.
2)Chris BoshTOR24.
3)David LeeNY20.
4)Zach RandolphMEM20.811.
5)Carlos BoozerUTA19.511.
6)Amare StoudemirePHO23.
7)David WestNO19.
8)Tim DuncanSA17.910.
9)LaMarcus AldridgePOR17.
10)Josh SmithATL15.
11)Troy MurphyIND14.610.
12)Kevin LoveMIN14.
13)Antawn JamisonCLE18.
14)Kevin GarnettBOS14.
15)Luis ScolaHOU16.
16)Carl LandrySAC16.
17)Jeff GreenOKC15.
18)Michael BeasleyMIA14.
19)Rashard LewisORL14.
20)Lamar OdomLAL10.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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