NBA 2K18 Preview - Discussing the top ten power forwards in NBA 2K18


With less than two weeks until launch and gamers chomping at the bit to play the next installment in the NBA 2K franchise, small details about the game have been released to keep the hype at its highest. One of the first things 2K Games did was tease their initial rankings of the top ten power forwards in the game. While the bottom of the list does not make much sense, 2K Games can update the rankings at any time throughout the season.

Last week NBA 2K18 released its top ten rankings for at the power forward position for the game:

 

While the list at the top is solid, with Anthony Davis being the most obvious choice for best power forward in the virtual league, followed by Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Paul Milsap, Kristaps Porzingis and LaMarcus Aldridge, there is some serious debate towards the bottom of the list with Jabari Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, and Zach Randolph.

For Parker, the jury is still out on him as a player as his entire NBA career has been plagued with injuries. In his rookie and sophomore campaign,  he tore the same anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and has been sidelined for the majority of his NBA career. Much like the rest of the jury is out on the remainder of his draft class with players like Andrew Wiggins, there are many questions about Parker's ability to stay healthy and his NBA game. Being ranked as the eighth highest power forward seems like too high of a ranking in NBA 2K18 for Parker but he could prove he deserves it during the 2017-18 regular season.

Next coming in at #9 for NBA 2K18's power forward rankings is Mavericks legend, Dirk Nowitzki. While Nowitzki himself helped redefine the power forward position with his ability to stretch the floor throughout his NBA career, he is a former shell of himself as a player on a Mavericks team that will be lucky to sniff the eighth seed in the Western Conference. While Nowitzki is an accomplished player with winning an NBA title and being the greatest player in franchise history, he should not be in the top ten. Instead, a fellow division player that has a game very similar to Nowitzki's in Ryan Anderson should be sniffing the top ten with the fact that he is key to Houston's success, especially when coming off the bench for Dallas.

Finally, the biggest head-scratcher of all is Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph rounding out the top ten for NBA 2K18. Much like Nowitzki, Randolph has had a highly accomplished career but playing for a young and developing team like Sacramento and the fact that he is not the player he used to be should keep him out of the top ten rankings for power forwards in the game. Instead player like Toronto's Serge Ibaka, Indiana's Thaddeus Young, or even Oklahoma City's Patrick Patterson should round out the top ten for power forwards. Zach Randolph, while still a solid veteran and great for Sacramento, is not worthy of the top ten in NBA 2K18.

With less than two weeks until launch and gamers chomping at the bit to play the next installment in the NBA 2K franchise, small details about the game have been released to keep the hype at its highest. One of the first things 2K Games did was tease their initial rankings of the top ten power forwards in the game. While the bottom of the list does not make much sense, 2K Games can update the rankings at any time throughout the season.

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