#1 – Rick Jackson
This is a deep draft for Power Forwards, even though none of them are going to come in and be franchise saviors. Some of them will be game-changers, the type of player you put next to your other dominant big man, whether he’s a Center or Power Forward. With the dearth of true NBA-sized Centers, many of our ranked PFs will play Center in many team rotations.
Rick Jackson fits that bill, as the best valued Power Forward in our ranking. He is a player who will mainly score in the paint, so it helps if the team drafting him has a play-making Point Guard.
Jackson excels at rebounding and defense, and will dish out an assist or two. Though nothing overly-exciting about his game and with limited (if any) shooting range, he is a threat to score and will not be detriment to a team’s offensive fluidity.
Still not convinced? Ponder the stats below and press play!
Out of 138 players:
· Rick Jackson would be a first round pick in all 4 metrics, which basically means no “bust” factor. A team can slot him as a Top 10 pick and feel very confident.
· He’s a senior who has shown improvement each year.
· Considered as a whole (BPM), as well as for each specialty (PCM for Production; DIR for Defense; and TPA (Talent/Skill-set).