NBA Power Rankings: Why Kevin Love Is Better Than Blake Griffin

Cleavie WonderCorrespondent IIFebruary 29, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes during the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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If you watch SportsCenter every night, you would be thoroughly convinced Blake "The Barbarian" Griffin is the best power forward in the NBA.

His posterizing dunks have made him a crowd favorite and a legend in the making.  

Griffin is without question one of the top 5 must-see players in the league.

Although I've been singing his praises since before the 2009 NBA Draft, I'm a basketball purist at heart. Sure, the thunderous jams are spectacular to watch, but at the end of the day it's only worth two points.

There are still other facets of the game Blake needs to master.

Enter Kevin Love.

The Minnesota Timberwolves' franchise player just won the All-Star 3-point contest, averages 14 rebounds a game (second in the NBA), and trails only Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Lebron James in scoring.

If you put the stats of Griffin and Love together side by side and never watched an ESPN highlight, you'd definitely think Love was the better player.

Griffin gives you the style, but Love gives you a little more substance.

The comparison between these two superstars is reminiscent of Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett back in the day.

The "Big Fundamental" was never as popular as "The Big Ticket" and some fans even argued Garnett was the better player. Four championships later, Duncan put an end to all that nonsense, but Garnett still got the praise.

Basketball is still about entertainment and exciting slam dunks are part of that equation.

I'm not closing the book on "The Barbarian" just yet.

His upside is tremendous and once he learns how to harness all that athletic ability he possesses the sky's the limit.

You can't go wrong with either guy, but if you had to say who was the better player today, the correct answer would be Love.

Until Griffin gets a few more weapons in his arsenal, this conversation is on the back burner.

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