July 11, 2012

Ranking NBA Players By Position: Power Forwards

#42 Kevin Love, PF, Timberwolves

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

With the 2011-12 season over, I'll be ranking the best players in the NBA by position. A combination of factors including: season/career averages, efficiency, durability, etc., play a factor.



1. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
26.0 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.5 BPG, 2.3 TOPG, (45% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
17.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 BPG, 1.9 TOPG, (46% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Kevin Love is starting to prove that he may be the best power forward in the league. He can still get better on the defensive end, but he is the most productive power forward in the NBA. Over the past two seasons he has averaged 23 points and 14 rebounds per game, even expanded his range to beyond the 3 point line.





2. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 245 lbs.
Age: 34 | Experience: 14 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
21.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.5 BPG, 1.9 TOPG, (46% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
22.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.9 TOPG, (48% FG), (38% 3PT)

Analysis: Dirk is as clutch as they come, and is still putting up good numbers at 34 years old. His rebound numbers were down this season, but he'll go down as a top 20 player in NBA history, and still has the best all-around offensive game in the league.





3. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Age: 31 | Experience: 11 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
17.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.4 BPG, 2.2 TOPG, (50% FG), (78% FT)

Career Averages:
18.7 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.7 BPG, 2.3 TOPG, (52% FG), (75% FT)

Analysis: Paul Gasol has been labeled "soft" on numerous occasions. He is the most skilled big man in the NBA, and averages 19 and 9 for his career. He had a down season with the Lakers, but with Steve Nash coming to town, he'll get more opportunities this season.





4. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 235 lbs.
Age: 28 | Experience: 9 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.8 BPG, 2.1 TOPG, (49% FG), (82% FT)

Career Averages:
19.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 BPG, 2.1 TOPG, (49% FG), (80% FT)

Analysis: Bosh proved how important he was to Miami this season, and was a key reason why they won the NBA Championship. His numbers have decreased over the past few years, but that is expected.





5. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 6 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
21.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.8 BPG, 2.0 TOPG, (51% FG), (81% FT)

Career Averages:
17.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.5 TOPG, (50% FG), (78% FT)

Analysis: Aldridge has improved each season in the NBA, and was rewarded with his first All-Star appearance. Offensively, he is very skilled, and should be in the conversation as a top 5 power forward.





6. Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 10 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
17.5 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.0 BPG, 2.4 TOPG, (48% FG), (77% FT)

Career Averages:
21.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.4 BPG, 2.6 TOPG, (53% FG), (76% FT)

Analysis: On the offensive end, Amar'e is one of the best in the league at his position, as he is very difficult to guard. Defensively, he needs to improve. He also averaged less than 8 rebounds per game, which he should look to improve.





7. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 251 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 2 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
20.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.7 BPG, 2.3 TOPG, (55% FG), (52% FT)

Career Averages:
21.7 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.6 BPG, 2.5 TOPG, (52% FG), (59% FT)

Analysis: Griffin is one of the best young power forwards in the league. He has elite athleticism, and is a human highlight reel. Outside of dunks and layups, his offensive game needs to expand, but his numbers and skill set are both very impressive.





8. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 253 lbs.
Age: 36 | Experience: 17 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.8 TOPG, (50% FG), (86% FT)

Career Averages:
19.3 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.5 BPG, 2.3 TOPG, (50% FG), (79% FT)

Analysis: In this year's Playoffs, Garnett showed he still has some very good basketball ahead of him. He is still one of the best on the defensive end, and put up impressive numbers for a 36 year old.





9. Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Age: 30 | Experience: 11 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
11.6 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.1 BPG, 1.4 TOPG, (46% FG), (66% FT)

Career Averages:
17.3 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.3 BPG, 2.1 TOPG, (47% FG), (77% FT)

Analysis: A healthy Zach Randolph is a top 10 power forward. He is very underrated, and is usually the go to guy for the Grizzlies late in games. He could easily be higher on this list.





10. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 255 lbs.
Age: 36 | Experience: 15 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.4 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.5 BPG, 1.7 TOPG, (49% FG), (70% FT)

Career Averages:
20.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.2 BPG, 2.6 TOPG, (51% FG), (69% FT)

Analysis: Is Tim Duncan still a top 10 power forward? Yes, until he proves otherwise. Like Garnett he is also 36, but is still putting up good numbers and is as important as ever to a San Antonio Championship run.





11. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 266 lbs.
Age: 30 | Experience: 10 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.4 BPG, 1.7 TOPG, (53% FG), (69% FT)

Career Averages:
17.0 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.4 BPG, 2.2 TOPG, (54% FG), (72% FT)

Analysis: A very effective low-post scorer, Carlos Boozers has impressive career averages. He can be much higher on this list if he picks it up on the defensive end and stays healthy. He'll be heavily relied on while Rose recovers.





12. David Lee,Golden State Warriors
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
20.1 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.4 BPG, 2.6 TOPG, (50% FG), (78% FT)

Career Averages:
14.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.4 BPG, 1.8 TOPG, (54% FG), (78% FT)

Analysis: Since becoming a starter, David Lee has been very productive. He'll have an easier time this season playing next to Andrew Bogut. 20 and 10 a game is excellent for an NBA power forward, but he needs to improve defensively as well.





13. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 8 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 BPG, 2.5 TOPG, (46% FG), (63% FT)

Career Averages:
15.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.2 BPG, 2.5 TOPG, (46% FG), (67% FT)

Analysis: Josh Smith may be too low on this list, and will get to prove it this year with Joe Johnson gone. He is an elite athlete, and a good all-around player.





14. David West, Indiana Pacers
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 31 | Experience: 9 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.7 BPG, 1.4 TOPG, (49% FG), (81% FT)

Career Averages:
16.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 BPG, 1.7 TOPG, (49% FG), (84% FT)

Analysis: In his first year with Indiana, David West played very well, putting up some pretty good numbers. He is very skilled, and although he isn't elite, is still a very good player.





15. Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 253 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 6 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
16.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.8 BPG, 1.8 TOPG, (50% FG), (79% FT)

Career Averages:
12.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.5 TOPG, (52% FG), (72% FT)

Analysis: Millsap is underrated. He is a bit undersized, but had a career year, pulling down almost 9 rebounds and averaging 17 points.