During the Lakers/Spurs game the other day, Jon Barry had an excellent point about the demise of Power Forwards. It just seems like the Euro influx in the NBA has almost erradicated the traditional 4 position of being an inside bangers. I used to love watching guys like Charles Oakley, Rick Mahorn, etc play, does anyone think the 4 spot will return to this style of play?
These guys were all top ten in the league at one point in the last 8 years:
Chris Webber - Sac
Rasheed Wallace - Port
Dirk Nowitzki - Dal
Kevin Garnett - Minn, Bos
Carlos Boozer - Utah
Amare - Pho
Tim Duncan - SA
Kenyon Martin - NJ
Dwight Howard - Orl
Elton Brand - LAC
Ben Wallace - Det.
This is pretty much the best era ever for power forwards. Why hearken back to a bunch of old overweight cantankerous hacks.
Al Jefferson and Carlos Boozer both look to be good traditional pfs for a long time. Boozer is a little short, but overall fits the stereotype of the position and Jefferson only plays some center because the T-Wolves don't have much size.
I think it's more a case of "Will we ever see pure positional play again?"
In general the league is moving away from rigid positional roles, to more fluid responsibilities based of individual skill sets, and matchup based game plans. The are tons of face the basket centers (Okur, Yao, Bargs-sorta) Banger SF (Josh Smith, AK 47, Moon) and shoot first combo guards playing the 1.
Someone like Rasheed could play a given game like classic SF, PF, or Post up Center depending on who he facing, and how crazy he is feeling that day.