June 1, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks with forward/center Kevin Garnett (5) during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

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Kevin Garnett

What a career Garnett has had.  Dominating in Minnesota, and moving to Boston to finally win the big one. He was a key part to the Celtics’ playoff run this past season even after missing some time during the regular season.  He is one of those guys that you can just tell is going to give his all.  The intensity he plays with would want to make me play my best out there.  He can do it all, and he’s no doubt earned a first ballot Hall of Fame nod.

Kevin Love

Mar. 3, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. The Timberwolves won the game 122-110. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

From the former Kevin in Minnesota to the current Kevin in Minnesota, there’s one thing that can be said, the power forward position has had two great players in the history of the franchise.  Kevin Love gets on my radar for his rebounding ability, which seems to be a lost art anymore.  Love is a guy who will go out and rebound, and do it with a passion.  He grabbed 31 rebounds in a game in 2010, some guys might not even get that in their career.  He’s grabbed 21 in a couple of games last season.  He’s that guy that you know will have a hand around the ball no matter if he rebounds or not.

Blake Griffin

Apr 29, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks the ball during the second half of game one in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. The Clippers won 99-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

While Blake Griffin has fallen off my radar after watching him in person, there’s no doubt he’s popular with his ability to finish.  Sure, he won the Slam Dunk contest a couple of years ago, and he’s one of the best finishers.  But he can also play some defense when needed, and makes some good passes in the post.  I think he should be a bit more aggressive at times, and maybe this next season he’ll step that up.

Pau Gasol

Apr. 7, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol passes the ball in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 125-105. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

His offensive game is great because he can take the ball on the floor or he can step back to shoot.  He’s a guy who has that length to give other forwards problems.  He plays tough at times when called upon, and he’s definitely a great role player to Kobe Bryant.

Dirk Nowitzki

Apr 20, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Charles Jenkins (22) and forward Jeremy Tyler (3) and center Mickell Gladness (32) during the third quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Warriors 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Dirk Nowitzki was finally able to put the stamp on his career with the NBA Title a couple of seasons ago.  That was the one thing that kept eluding him.  He’s a guy again, like Gasol, the offensive game is so good.  Is there a better looking shot than his?  You think it’s going in every time.  His length gives so many guys problems, and his ability to drive to the basket is a problem.  Just one of the best at his position and a Hall of Famer soon enough.

 

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