The current era of basketball, at least from 2009 until now, can be considered a golden age for players at the point guard position. Almost half of the league currently has a former All Star point guard playing significant minutes on its roster. The decade before however should be recognized as the era of the power forward. The league was loaded at the 4 position, and many of those forwards were influential in how the players at that size play on both ends. In the upcoming month we will highlight a different former All Star 4 man on the fourth day of the week in a series titled “Flashing Back Forward.”
2 Time All Star, 1x NBA Champion
A 4 man that was ahead of his time, Rashard Lewis for his career averaged more 3 point attempts than any power forward on this list, launching at least 4.5 shots from downtown five different seasons before joining the Magic. Anyone who played NBA Live in the early 2000s remembers how lethal the Seattle Sonics could be with Lewis and Ray Allen could be from the outside. At 6’10, with a release that was quick yet hard to reach, “Sweet Lew” brought big men out to the perimeter and made life easier on the offensive side for his teammates. Lewis made an All Star team in 2004-2005, but one could argue he didn’t reach his true NBA actualization until his 2009 season with the Magic, where he helped form a 4 out, 1 in attack surrounding Dwight Howard that got them all the way to the NBA Finals. Not enough people give enough credit for his role as the stretch 4 archetype, but for those who don’t remember how good he was, he’s been tearing up the Big 3 for the past two summers.