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Top 10 Best Forwards For The 2017-18 NBA Season

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Forwards are extremely important in modern NBA, as having a defensive minded guy on the wing is something just a handful of teams can brag about, as well as having a top-tier shooter that can definitely make a difference.

Also, stretch fours are a key element for any team’s rosters nowadays, as they have the ability to spread the team’s offense, or even work as their biggest man on the court in small ball lineups to try and push up-tempo.

This year, we’ve seen some really great forwards at both the 3 and the 4 spot, and today, we’re going to let you know who the top 10 best forwards in the league have been, although we can’t name them all for obvious reasons.

10. Carmelo Anthony

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Even though this has been Carmelo Anthony’s worst season from a statistical point of view, he’s still among the league’s leader in points by a forward, and it’s only a matter of time before he trends up when it matters the most.

Anthony had to embrace a much lesser role with the Oklahoma City Thunder as he’s forced to share touches with both Russell Westbrook and Paul George, so his averages of 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 triples per game are quite understandable, being a guy that needs to get involved in the offense to find his rhythm.

9. Aaron Gordon

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Aaron Gordon got off to a terrific start of the campaign and all the work he put up during the offseason definitely paid off, as he really improved his jump shot and his overall defensive awareness, as well as becoming a way more dominant rebounder.

The sky seems to be the limit for this young stud, although his talents are completely going to waste on such a mediocre team as the Orlando Magic. Still, his season averages of 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2 triples,1 steal and 0.8 blocks per game are definitely something to give him credit for, and he’d be one of the frontrunners to win the MIP if it wasn’t for Victor Oladipo.

8. Khris Middleton

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Khris Middleton doesn’t get enough recognition, but he has to be one of the best 2nd round picks over the past 10 years or so, and one of the main responsible why the Milwaukee Bucks have found their way to the playoffs even amid Jason Kidd’s firing.

Middleton is the team’s best shooter, a willing passer, a committed defender and a guy that rarely forces things and makes mistakes with the rock on his hands, and his averages of 20.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers definitely came handy for the Deers.

7. Blake Griffin

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The Los Angeles Clippers shocked pretty much everybody when they decided to kick-start their rebuild by trading away Blake Griffin after they had decided to make him the franchise player following Chris Paul’s departure to play for the Rockets.

Even though the Piston were pretty much a mess and completely fell apart upon Griffin’s arrival, he had a standout season from an individual performance standpoint, and he even managed to stay healthy for most of the year en route to averaging 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

6. Kevin Love

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Well, Kevin Love spent some time playing the 5 as well, but we all know he’s thrived the most as a power forward during his Cleveland Cavaliers stint, mostly because his lights out shooting from beyond the arc.

Love is one of the most hardworking guys on the team and despite being one of the Cavs scapegoats earlier in the season, they wouldn’t get nearly as far as they got if it wasn’t for nightly averages of 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 makes from three-point territory.

5. Jimmy Butler

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At some point of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were tied for the 3rd seed in the Western Conference, but they completely fell apart after Jimmy Butler fell down with an injury, proving he was by far their best player all season long.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2 steals this season and provided a much needed defensive boost for this young squad, helping them finally end their league-leading playoff drought as well as giving him a true go-to-guy in the clutch, something they’ve lacked for years.

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the most exciting prospect to watch in this league ever since being an unknown prospect everybody thought was going to be a major bust, improving on a yearly basis on every single aspect of his game.

The Greek Freak’s defense has been better and better, and he’s the kind of young man that’s not afraid of the big moment and won’t hide during crunch time. His averages of 26.9 points, 10 rebounds, 4.8 helpers, 1.5 steals and 1.4 swats per game should be enough to grant him several MVP votes as well.

3. Anthony Davis

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Anthony Davis just keeps on having MVP kind of seasons and doesn’t get enough recognition because of his team’s struggles, but if what he’s done this season doesn’t get him a lot of votes in this year’s ballot, I don’t know what will.

DeMarcus Cousins helped him carry the load for most of the season, but even when boogie was set to miss the rest of the season, the Brow came huge down the stretch and helped the Pelicans clinch a playoff berth and the 6th seed, averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, dishing 2.3 dimes and blocking a league-leading 2.6 shots per game.

2. Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant has had to carry the Golden State Warriors over the last passage of the season with Stephen Curry on the shelf with yet another ankle injury, and even though his team has mightily struggled during Curry’s absence, he’s done everything he can to try and lift the Dubs past their competition.

Durant’s defense has been elite all season long and his versatility has allowed Steve Kerr to experiment with a lot of different lineups. He has shown no signs of slowing down from his Finals MVP levels, posting averages of 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 dimes and 1.8 blocks a night.

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1. LeBron James

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Well, LeBron James himself believes that this one has been his best season since entering the NBA, and his averages of 27.5 points, 8.6 boards, 9.1 dimes, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks per game make us think he definitely has a very strong case with this argument.

James is the only reason why the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t lower in the Eastern Conference standings, and what he’s done all season is even more impressing if we considerate the fact that he’s been around since 2003. Also, he’s finally played all 82 games on a season, and even snapped Michael Jordan’s streak of games with at least 10 points.