#1. Kevin Love ( 1st Place Votes – 3 out of 5)
Tyler Triplett: Kevin Love is a stat machine. His ability to rebound and his excellent 3-point shooting are what set him apart from other power forwards in the league. He also is a great passer and sets his teammates up for easy baskets with his amazing outlet passes.
Blaine Hunkins: Kevin Love is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever seen play the game of basketball. Love controls the boards, averaging 13 rebounds per game, while also excelling on the offensive end, averaging 26 points per game. He can single handily take over games with his excellent perimeter shooting, shooting 37 percent from behind the arc. For those of you who think Love is a ball hog, just remember he’s averaging four assists per game.
Alexander Brooks: Probably one of the best non-talked about superstars in the league. He dropped 42 points in a TImberwolves win over the Indiana Pacer. He has skills that no other power forward has. Skills such as his three point range and rebounding ability. He is so under the radar because of where he plays, if he moves to a high profile place in two years, you’ll hear his name a lot.
Kimani Gregoire: The league leader in double doubles with 45, Love is currently averaging over 26 points (fourth in the league) and 13 rebounds (second in the league) a game. He is arguably best shooting power forward in the game (shooting a career high 37.4 percent from downtown) and nobody throws a better outlet pass off a defensive rebound. Unfortunately, while his numbers are great for fantasy leagues everywhere, the Timberwolves continue to struggle.
Jr. WIlliams: As much as I’d like to give Kevin Love the nod as the best power forward in the NBA, I don’t believe he is as good or aggressive as a LaMarcus Aldrige or Dirk Nowitzki. True, Love is one of the most versatile power forwards on the list, unfortunately his skill has yet to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves to an NBA playoffs appearance. Aldridge, on the other hand, has made it to the post season on three separate occasions (08-09, 09-10, 10-11). From a statistical perspective, Kevin Love is the best power forward in the league, unfortunately he ranks second on my list.
Honorable Mentions: Serge Ibaka, Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh
Tyler Triplett: Bosh is the third option on his team but he’s the best third option in the league. He’s done a great job of accepting his role and he does whatever the Heat need to win. He’s also added a three point shot to his game which helps stretch the defense.
Alexander Brooks: The most underrated power forward in the game. He was scoring 14 points and seven rebounds while Westbrook was out, but no one knew this because Durant was having one of the greatest stretches ever. He is known for his blocking skills, but coach Brooks stated – from 15 feet he wouldn’t take anyone over Ibaka, that includes his teammate Durant.
Kimani Gregoire: Tim Duncan continues to perform at a high level even at the age of 37. The “Big Fundamental” is averaging over 15 points and 10 rebounds (just outside the top 10 in the league) a game despite playing in limited minutes. Plus, he is (still) among the better defensive power forwards in the game, ranking in the top ten in defensive rebounds and blocks per game.