While the center position is having a downfall, power forwards are looking strong on the other side of the front court. Young rebounding stars and athletic freaks can be found on this list, along with players that are still performing well despite age.
These five players will be the best power forwards in the NBA for the 2012-2013 season.
With age catching up to the former Finals MVP, Nowitzki is no longer a top three power forward in the NBA. He is, however, still the fifth best and will be coming into the new season.
The Mavericks have lost a few key pieces in Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and some others, but this only means bigger numbers for Dirk.
Lower percentages might come in this point of Nowitzki's career, along with less rebounding totals as well, but he will still be the star of the Mavericks until he retires.
With the aging Vince Carter on his side, Nowitzki should be capable of yet another stellar season.
When Pau Gasol plays his natural position of power forward, he is one of the better ones in the league. When he is a second option, he plays better as well. But how will he cope with now playing alongside the best center in the league?
Much of Gasol's former pressure will now finally be off of him. He can relax a bit more in his natural position and build some better chemistry with Howard than he had with Bynum.
Howard will be near the basket the majority of the time, which will help Gasol get space for his mid-range game. He has also never played with a better passer than Steve Nash. That should help his confidence ooze for him to have a very solid season.
One of the more underrated and unrecognized players in the league is LaMarcus Aldridge. Since Brandon Roy has been gone from the under the radar Portland Trail Blazers, Aldridge has been in a whole new zone.
Improving on his post game and just crashing the boards to have the Blazers at a very steady pace, despite the lack of much help.
Aldridge was a first-time All-Star last season and at a ripe age of 27, he still has the skill-set and potential to better himself as a player. Especially since he is the main guy in Portland.
The battle of the best power forward in the league is between Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. Fans and analysts differ on their opinions on who is better, but they all know for a fact that Griffin is talented.
Despite the unfortunate injury he had to go through to miss his first year in the league, Griffin still looks as if he never went through it. Improving his game and playing alongside one of the best point guards in the league in Chris Paul, Griffin is still young and raw.
His athleticism helps him tremendously and after another season, including one in the postseason, expect for Griffin to be a more polished player—possibly making himself the best power forward in the league soon.
He might be the best fantasy basketball player there is right now, but Kevin Love is also the best power forward in the league.
There are claims that Love can not lead a team by himself as well as others, but there is no denying that Love has talent and the skill to be the best power forward in the NBA.
Playing for team that does not have many options benefits Love, giving him an opportunity to make others around him better.
Love is one of the better rebounders the league has seen in a while and can score in different ways. Having Ricky Rubio better and playmaking for the double-double machine, Love will have another phenomenal season.