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Team: Los Angeles Clippers
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.4 steals, 22.12 PER
Preseason Ranking: No. 3
Without Kevin Love healthy and in the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup, Blake Griffin ascends to the top of the power forward rankings.
He might have developed a reputation as a flopper who doesn't do anything but dunk, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Blake may be prone to attempting to sell calls a little too often, and he may dunk a whole hell of a lot, but he's become quite the well-rounded player.
According to Hoopdata.com, Griffin has shot 39 percent from 16 to 23 feet on nearly four attempts per game. His mid-range game has continued to get more and more deadly, and defenders have to be constantly aware of his potent spin move and increasingly dangerous set of post moves. And of course, there's still the dunking.
Plus, Griffin has become a solid defender. 82games.com's statistical databases show that Griffin has allowed opposing power forwards to post a PER of 16.2 during the 2012-13 season.
Critics may point to his declining per-game stats as evidence against Griffin's greatness, but they conveniently overlook his dramatically decreased minutes per game—resulting from the Los Angeles Clippers depth, not his talent—as well as his passing skills, drop in turnovers and efficiency.
Power Forward Apologies to...Kenneth Faried, Serge Ibaka, Dirk Nowitzki