Kevin Love now has a real team heading into the new season. He is also coming back from winning the Gold medal in the recently concluded Olympics. This should give Love even more confidence and motivation to be that much better this season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves has an interesting mix of youth and veteran leadership. If Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy both give good contributions, then the Wolves are in for an exciting season. If Minnesota makes the playoffs, you can bet that Love is the best player on that squad. He will now be able to taste playoff success for the first time in his budding career.
Love has always been a fantastic player. The last few years, he has put up superstar numbers and the only thing missing is the wins to back-up those numbers. The past two years, Love has averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds, and 26 points and 13 rebounds respectively.
Those numbers have him in the running for the best power forward in the league. With the careers of Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan winding down, the gap for the best power forward in the league gets even higher. If he continues to show this kind of effort and intensity, then there’s no doubt in my mind that he can continue to put up these monster numbers.
His only competition for the best power forward in the league will be LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh and the older guys whose careers are winding down. But Bosh is switching to center, and if he successfully does so full- time, then we will have effectively only three players vying for that spot. That’s not to say that any of the veterans don’t stake a claim for the top spot, but for now and in the future, only Griffin, Love and Aldridge are viable candidates.
All three can definitely make a case, as Griffin is an exciting player, Love is a double-double machine, and Aldridge is fundamentally sound.
Griffin hasn’t shown me anything but dunking that will tell me he is the best power forward in the league. That leaves us with Aldridge and Love. These two guys are essentially the class of the new generation. For the coming years, both can stake claims for the best power forward in the league. Aldridge has posted excellent numbers on a winning team, while Love’s numbers are on losing ones.
If Love’s team starts winning though, then watch out. Either way, both Love and Aldridge are 1A and 1B with regards to who the best power forward in the league is today.