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The power forward position offers a lot of great players in the NBA. They have great talent in Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Chris Bosh, but it’s hard to call all of these players stars.
Dirk Nowitzki is a shoe in, especially after his performance last year and his continued great play this season. Pau Gasol has grown into a star player playing next to Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers and has continued to put up great numbers over the past handful of seasons.
Blake Griffin has become one of the most popular players in the league, but it is largely due to his ability to make the highlight reel and not his ability to be a great player. I am skeptical of calling him a star player, but will give it to him. If he continues to play as well as he has been doing this season, then he will definitely be considered a star player in this league by everyone.
Like Griffin, I am a little skeptical of calling Amare a star right now. He is athletic and plays well on the offensive end of the court, but sometimes it seems that his popularity this season and last has been due more to the fact that he plays in New York, rather than for his performance on the basketball court. It also does not help that he plays next to Carmelo Anthony, a player that has become the star for the Knicks. But ultimately he is a star in the NBA.
Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge are great players and are players that could go either way. I consider them to be great players, but it is hard for me to call them stars, because they do not seem to carry the same sort of popularity as Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudemire and Blake Griffin do. But, by the end of this season, that may all change.
When Chris Bosh was in Toronto playing for the Raptors he definitely had star power, but after his move to South Beach, Bosh seems to have sank into the shadow of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. The once “Big Three” of LeBron, Wade and Bosh has become the duo of “Batman and Robin” and Bosh has fallen to the way side.