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The top five NBA power forwards are as follows:
1. Kevin Love
I appreciate Love's game, but it does bother me some that he plays only one side of ball. Yes, he is an excellent rebounder, but aside from that, he is pitiful on defense.
His offensive game, though, is insane. He can score inside and has a pretty good long-range jumper. He seems to always find ways to score, which makes him a high volume scorer.
He's a solid passer that excels at second-chance points. He shoots a good percentage, and for what it's worth, does all of this without much athleticism. He can still get better as a leader and as a winner, but there is time for that.
2. Pau Gasol
Perhaps not a popular pick here, but the truth is Gasol deserves this spot. Why? Because he is at least halfway decent on defense compared to some of the guys on the list.
He also can't be sold short on his offensive game. Gasol has a sweet jump shot from mid-range, a good post game and high pick-and-roll IQ. He is a solid shot-blocker, very good rebounder and good passer for a big man.
His problem is not always showing up, but when he does, there is no denying his importance. He was the real Finals MVP for the Lakers' title in 2010.
3. Dirk Nowitzki
There is no arguing that Dirk is one the best pure scorers of this era. Dirk has a borderline unstoppable jump shot and does have the ability to attack the rim, draw contact, and finish. Dirk has elite size and elite skill for a big man. He can really score with anyone in the league if he gets hot.
Yet, as always, he is horrible defensively. He gets a decent amount of rebounds and gets the occasional block, but we all know that doesn't tell the story.
Dirk started pretty slow this year, but he has been his old self in the second half. You would be foolish not to want him on your team, but just don't expect much defensively.
4. Chris Bosh
While his numbers are respectable, Bosh has at times struggled as a member of the Heat. There is no denying his skill, though.
Bosh is actually decent on defense, but he could surely be better. Bosh has a great mid-range jump shot and is pretty athletic and a good rebounder.
He sometimes gets the soft label thrown at him, and while that has some truth to it, it's not that simple. Being the third option has somewhat allowed people to forget how good Bosh is/was as a top option. He can single-handedly win games and brings a very good skill set to the table.
He needs to more of a force on the inside, but he deserves to be an All-Star.
5. Blake Griffin
I thought about putting LaMarcus Aldridge here, but Griffin has shown signs of utter dominance this year. I won't put him on a pedestal like some people like to, though. He is a beast inside, he has strength, power, and elite athleticism.
Griffin doesn't have a consistent jump shot and hasn't shown he can be a good defender. When he isn't bullying the opposition, he often resorts to taking some bad shots out of his comfort zone. He likes to flop some, but to his defense, he gets hit a lot too.
Griffin has a bright future with Paul by his side, and he is a force, but no one should realistically claim him to be the best PF in the game today.