Now, I am on to the big men in the paint who can hit an occasional mid range jumpshot. Here is who I believe are the top five power forwards in the NBA today.
5. Blake Griffin- Almost all of Griffin’s stats have dropped since last season. However, the Los Angeles Clippers are a much better team compared to last year. This year, he is averaging 18.4 points per game along with 8.6 rebounds. Most fans think the only thing Blake Griffin can do is dunk, but his talent goes much deeper than his slamming ability. He makes 53% of his shots and is averaging a career high 66% from the free throw line. Griffin is a strong player whose all-around abilities are often shadowed by his incredible dunks.
4. Chris Bosh- Like Griffin, Chris Bosh’s abilities are also overshadowed, but by his teammates. As the ‘third wheel’ of the ‘Big Three’ in Miami, Bosh’s role may seem small due to the fact that he is not the best on the team, but the Heat rely on him heavily to hit open mid-range jumpers. Bosh is one of the few power forwards who has the ability to hit deeper jumpers. This season, he is only averaging 17.3 points per game, but is making a career high 54% of his attempted shots. At 6’11’’, Bosh should be grabbing more than 7.2 rebounds per game, but his team is winning, and in the end that is all that counts.
3. Tim Duncan- Unfortunately, Duncan has had to miss a few games due to a knee injury. Right now, his status is day-to-day and looks to be back after the All-Star weekend. At 36, the Spurs’ leader is averaging 17.3 points per game and his shooting over 50% from the field. Plus, he is grabbing nearly 10 rebounds per game. The 15 year veteran continues to get the job the done for the San Antonio Spurs, who have the best record in the NBA.
2. LaMarcus Aldridge- The face of the Portland Trailblazers, Aldridge is a young player who is very explosive. This season, he is scoring 21.1 points per game on 48% shooting. Aldridge is recording career highs in rebounds and assists, averaging 9 and 2.6 respectively. His play has earned him a second straight All-Star appearance.
1. Kevin Love- He has had to miss a majority of this season, but Love still remains the best power forward in the league. Aside from his rookie season, Love has averaged a double-double every year. This season, Love is scoring 18.3 points per game and rebounding 14 times per game. Kevin Love is a young, all-around player who could dominate the position for years to come.
Last, but not least, I will rank who I think are the top five centers in the NBA.