3. LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers
Francesca Toledo: He is in the prime of his basketball career. He’s a solid distributor and is a good fit within the Trail Blazers’ standout offense. His rebound skills are also on point. He’s definitely one of Portland’s most valuable assets.
Arnold Glass: Aldridge is exactly what you look for in your prototypical four man. He can play with his back to the basket and he an stretch out his jumper to about 18 feet. He shoots 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line. Aldridge throws out more assists than he does turnovers and his assist numbers have gone up every season he has been in the NBA. Aldridge is one of the more consistent player in the league, but he is underrated because he’s playing out in Portland. With the roster they are building in “Rip City”, the obscurity is about to change.
Jared Cortes: LaMarcus has been criminally underrated for some time, though the emergence of Portland as contenders has brought his talents to a more recognized state. Aldridge has the best mid-range game of any power forward in the league and is a great rebounder, pulling in 11.1 per game this past season.
Jr. Williams: In my opinion Aldridge is the best power forward in the NBA, and he proved it during the 2013-2014 NBA playoffs where he basically dismantled Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets by putting on an offensive show that was nothing less than amazing. He has one hell of a post-up game and he is surprisingly strong. If you were to compare his game to any player in the league it would be Tim Duncan. As he continues to gain playoff experience, don’t be surprised when he leads his team to the Western Conference finals.
2. Blake Griffin – L.A. Clippers
Arnold Glass: The most exciting big man in the league, Griffin has given more highlight plays than any other player in the NBA. I used to criticize Blake for being a one-dimensional player who relied on spectacular dunks to keep him relevant in the NBA, but last season he showed that he came into his own and established a reputation as a legitimate two way player. Especially when his teammate and All-Star point guard Chris Paul was injured and he put the team on his back and the Clippers didn’t miss a step.
Francesca Toledo: One of the best scorers in the NBA. Not great with protecting the rim, but his aggressiveness, especially with his offensive game, makes up for it. He’s passionate, and only being 25, has plenty of time to develop his talent even further on the court.
Jared Cortes: The arrival of Doc Rivers elevated Blake Griffin’s game to an even higher level as the player who was once only known for his dunking continues to expand. Blake added a mid-range jumper to his arsenal and has strengthened his post game. His rebounding ability continues to look good and he’s also improved on the defensive end.
1. Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers
(Former member of the Minnesota Timberwolves )
Arnold Glass: Love has a unique and versatile skill set separates him from every other power forward in the league; unmatched strength and innate court sense make him the league’s most able rebounder (12.5 per game) and outlet passer. His smooth shooting stroke allow him to light it up from beyond the arc like an elite shooting guard (37.6 percent from three-point range). Last season he averaged 26.1 ppg and 4.4 apg. Love is the ultimate modern power forward and is currently the best in the business.
Francesca Toledo: Fantastic offensive player and his scoring game is outstanding. He is also one of the premier rebounders currently in the game. He’s a superstar on the court and his dedication does not go unnoticed.
Jared Cortes: Kevin Love is a top power forward in the NBA. His arsenal of skills is unmatched. With an incredible range, insanely good scoring ability, and impeccable rebounding, no other power forward in the league can do what Kevin Love does. Stretch 4’s are becoming more and more important every year for the success of NBA teams. His stats may decline as he suits up with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, but his time in Minnesota keeps him in the tops.
Jr. Williams: Love is indeed a top-5 power forward but far from being No.1 on my list. Just because he has the ability to put up the numbers, it shouldn’t equate to him being the best in the league at his position. Place any other top-5 player on his former team ( the Timberwolves ) and i’m sure they will have similar if not better averages in points and rebounds. I personally believe his numbers are an illusion due to the fact that he was a member of a not so great team. None-the-less, he has great offensive talent but lets see how much of an impact he will have in Cleveland.