Fantasy Basketball: Top Power Forwards/Centers Who Can Shoot From Downtown

10/27/12 in NBA   |   Jnewman482   |   141 respect

There are only a handful of power forwards and centers in the NBA who get significant playing time and can shoot a high percentage from behind the three-point line, but having one of them on your fantasy basketball team would give you an edge each week in the three-pointers category or at least even things out if you have Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo or another guard on your roster who doesn’t shoot well from the outside.

Apparently, DeMarcus Cousins has developed a three-point shot and his coach doesn’t mind him jacking it up from downtown, but considering that Cousins is five-of-32 from behind the arc so far in his professional career, it seems fair to leave him off this list.

Here are the bigs who can actually shoot the lights out from behind the three-point line and are worth strong consideration for taking early in fantasy drafts:

1. Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)Mar 21, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

It doesn’t matter that he’s going to be out for six-to-eight weeks due to a broken hand because Kevin Love is still worth taking at the end of the first round.

At All-Star Weekend last year, the T-Wolves star won the three-point shooting contest, beating Kevin Durant in the final round, and he was tied for 16th in the league for how many shots he made from behind the arc on average per game.

Looking at him overall though, this guy does just about everything on a basketball court you could ever ask from a guy his size. His field-goal percentage was at a career-low last season at .448, but you have to figure that when Ricky Rubio returns from his ACL injury that will change. Even so, Love still was able to average 26 points and 13 boards a game last year, and he also usually picked up a couple of assists and a steal each game and a block every other game.

It truly is unfortunate that Love and Rubio will be out for a couple of months to start the season, but with Brandon Roy added to the roster as well as Andrei Kirilenko, this Minnesota team finally has a legitimate chance to make a run for a playoff spot. With that in mind, you have to expect Love to put forth his best effort to make that happen since he has never reached the postseason in the NBA. 
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