Power forwards in the game today are soft, they have no power. From my observations and going through a list of top power forwards, contemporary PFs are trending towards the Dirk/Bosh route rather than the Barkley/Garnett route. Perfectly content hanging out by the free throw line shooting fade away 20 footers instead of banging it down low. No hustle, no tenacious defense, no banging.
I think Blake has the mind and tool set to bring it back old school style. Using his athleticism and strength to establish a dominant presence in the post on offense AND defense. His killer mentality will be focused on making championship caliber plays and hustle, rather then worry about filling up stat sheets. People like to compare BG to Amare, but I think they are only looking at athleticism. I don't think BG is going to be like Amare at all. He's bigger, stronger and more tenacious. He has the potential to reinvent the position.
Here's the top ten power forwards as listed by Yahoo! Sports.
1) Dirk Nowitzki - Great player, but soft
2) Amar'e Stoudemire - Soft. Delivers thunderous dunks, but gets pushed around like a rag doll in the low post.
3) Josh Smith - Not exactly soft but not exactly powerful either (imo more like a SF/PF tweener)
4) Chris Bosh - Super soft.
5) David West - Soft
6) Carlos Boozer - Soft
7) Zach Randolph - Soft
8) Kevin Love - Respectable but not a dominant presence
9) LaMarcus Aldridge - Soft
10) Antawn Jamison - Soft (another tweener)