The modern power forward has been a key part of today’s NBA scene. It is the power forward (PF) position that enabled the small-ball Golden State Warriors of the past to exist, and likewise the Los Angeles Lakers more recently. Modern forwards are sliding to the four-position in NBA 2K22 to take advantage of the speed, height, and mobility of these players today.
Power forwards can have various different playing styles. You may set up your team to play around a back-to-the-basket PF and let him do damage in the post, while another option is to go small, use your agility on defense, and hit threes on offense.
Which teams are the best for an PF in NBA 2K22?
Several teams in the league require these types of players, and these are the best teams to play for as a power forward in NBA 2K22 on MyPlayer.
1. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA heading into next season. Players now have the ability to play with the team from Windy City alongside Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nicola Vučević. The main position up for grabs in their team is the power forward role.
Their current roster setup has Patrick Williams listed as their lone power forward – a player rated just 75 overall and with a modest 81 three-point rating. A starting lineup with Ball and DeRozan will need a floor-spacer who will be a threat from three, while also being serviceable on defense.
A build similar to Patrick Williams with an all-around game, or a player like Davis Bertans with a bit of added defense, will best suit your MyPlayer on this Chicago Bulls team.
2. Utah Jazz
One of last season’s most surprising teams, the Jazz are still trying to find the right pieces that will help them survive the Western Conference in the Playoffs. The league’s best team in the regular season got exposed in their second-round matchup last season, when Rudy Gobert’s lack of versatility meant that they could not play small-ball or run after shooters on defense.
The power forward has been a weak point of the Jazz in recent years, and their only options at the position last season were Royce O’Neale and George Niang – both of whom are rated less than 76 overall. Being a dominant power forward who can both pair up with Rudy Gobert and play the center in small lineups will make your MyPlayer a great match for the Jazz in NBA 2K22.
Having an Anthony Davis build will be the perfect fit for this current Utah Jazz roster. Having the size to match up with the league’s best forwards while also possessing the defensive tools to cover the paint is crucial for a team that is already a top-five three-point shooting team.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
The luxury of sharing the paint with Karl-Anthony Towns will be the biggest reason for you to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves in NBA 2K22. This team is already loaded with three lottery picks, but despite that they are unable to get over the regular season hump and make the Playoffs.
D’Angelo Russell is an 83 overall, Anthony Edwards is rated 81, and Towns is at 87. This team certainly has room for a great do-it-all power forward who can turn them into legitimate contenders in the Western Conference. Jaden McDaniels and Jared Vanderbilt (both 75 overall) are serviceable, but they will most likely get exposed when matched up against the best teams in the business.
A re-tooled Kevin Durant or a Carmelo Anthony would be the prime build for a power forward for the Timberwolves. A converted four from the small-forward position would be perfect to allow Towns to operate in the paint while adding an additional shot-creator to the lineup.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns were one of the biggest winners of last season, making their first NBA Finals appearance in 18 years. They do have room for improvement at the power forward position, however, as no one was able to cover the current NBA Finals MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo on the biggest stage.
Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and DeAndre Ayton are already a scary core to build around. Jae Crowder and Cam Johnson (both 77 overall) seem like the perfect fit in their starting lineup, but neither managed to earn consistent minutes in the playoffs. A power forward with great three-point shooting and post defense would fit well with the reigning Western Conference Champions.
A player like LaMarcus Aldridge or Paul Milsap would be perfect for the Suns, and would give them a great chance at repeating their run for a championship in NBA 2K22. Your MyPlayer could fit the bill and finally give this Arizona team its first championship in franchise history.
5. Detroit Pistons
This rebuilding Michigan team is one with a lot of potential, boasting a current core of Cade Cunningham (80 overall), Jeremi Grant (82 overall), and Killian Hayes (71 overall). Any one of those players is movable either in the starting lineup or through a trade, but having a superstar power forward would help to accelerate the Pistons’ rebuild.
A power forward who can defend the likes of Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and John Collins will be the minimum that is needed for this Eastern Conference team. Every dominant Detroit team is remembered for their rugged defense, from the Bad Boy days of the 1980s to the underdog 2003/04 team, and if you want to lift this team back up the Eastern Conference you’ll need to be able to replicate that.
This power forward will need to be suited to the modern NBA with three-point shooting, tough defense, and great intangibles, like being a leader in the locker room. A build like Julius Randle or Jaren Jackson Jr. will be perfect for you if you want to walk into this starting lineup with ease.
6. OKC Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder is one of the youngest teams in the NBA today. With the host of draft picks that they have at their disposal, it’s clear that they are trying to build a championship team perfect for your MyPlayer or MyLeague.
The team currently has Darius Bazley and Isaiah Roby interchanging power-forward duties, but both are lower than 75 overall and have modest shooting ability for the position. A great blueprint for a power forward for this Thunder team would fit with the playing style of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, playing as a second star on the team alongside the Canadian.
You can go with any build you like if you’re looking to play with the Oklahoma City Thunder team – just make sure that you build a player who can put up 20+ point nights and also distribute for his teammates, so that you can have a shot at winning in an NBA 2K22 game with this roster.
7. Sacramento Kings
The Marvin Bagley Jr. experiment has not, unfortunately, panned out well for Sacramento. The Kings have been looking to find a way to rekindle their glory days of the 2000s, but while their core of De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Richaun Holmes is serviceable, they have plenty of space for improvement at the power forward position.
Bagley Jr., as their current power forward, has a rating of 78 overall in NBA 2K22, though the game has him tagged as injury-prone which could limit his chances for playing time. This opens up the opportunity for other power forwards to step into the starting lineup and makes the Kings an ideal place for your MyPlayer to thrive.
A dominant scorer and shooter from the four-position will be needed for the Sacramento Kings to make it past the Western Conference next season. Stopping the likes of Anthony Davis, Zion Williamson, and Draymond Green will be a key focus, and means that your MyPlayer will need at least an 80 overall on defense to make an impact on that side of the ball.
How to be a power forward in NBA 2K22
The type of power forward that you opt to play as in NBA 2K22 can significantly change the way that your team plays during the game. A post-dominant big will allow you to space the floor by surrounding your MyPlayer with shooters. In contrast, a ball-handling big will allow you to pair up with slashing teammates to confuse defensive schemes.
We would recommend that you suit your player build and badges to the playing style that you most prefer, and place yourself on a team that suits the qualities of your in-game persona.
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