The power forward position is dominated by the older veterans. While the game has evolved, the play of the four is as important now as its ever been.
#5 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
2012-13 Stats: 17.3 ppg, 2.5 apg, 6.8 rpg, 19.9 PER
Even though this isn’t the Dirk from three years , he’s still a top-tier player in the game. Look for Dirk to be aggressive offensively with a whole offseason to get healthy and in shape. Nowitzki will score with ease and put Dallas in good position to make the playoffs.
#4 Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzles
2012-13 Stats: 15.4 ppg, 1.4 apg, 11.2 rpg, 15.4 PER
Zach is one of my favorite players and his game is made for the 80’s. His old school attitude and low post moves are perfect along side Marc Gasol. What Randolph lacks in athleticism he makes up with in brut force.
#3 Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
2012-13 Stats: 18.3 ppg, 2.3 apg, 14.0 rpg, 18.0 PER
Playing in Minnesota doesn’t help your exposure that’s for sure. Kevin Love is by far the most under appreciated power forward in the NBA. His ability to rebound, score from outside and get off his own shot in the paint is second to none. It won’t take long for Love to take over the top spot.
#2 Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
2012-13 Stats: 18.0 ppg, 3.7 apg, 8.3 rpg, 22.4 PER
Griffin is the most exciting of all the forwards on this list. Having said that he’s the most limited offensively. With the addition of outside shooting this offseason, Griffin will find himself in a lot of one on one situations. He’s developed a nice little 18-foot jumper but he has to add more post moves. Griffin is a walking 20 and 10 player with room to improve, that’s great news for Clipper fans.
#1 Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
2012-13 Stats: 17.8 ppg, 2.7 apg, 9.9 rpg, 24.5 PER
It wasn’t long ago many people including myself thought it was time for Duncan to hang it up. This past season he shut all of us up. Timmy at 38 was seconds away from hoisting his fifth NBA championship and I’m sure that’s just more fuel for the “old man” to show us what’s left in his tank. Duncan’s leadership is something that can’t be put into words. Not only was his offense potent last season he was remarkable on the defensive end averaging 2.6 blocks per game. Duncan is a pleasure to watch, enjoy it while it lasts.