Thursday, March 3, 2011
Gotta "Love" It
The past few weeks I hit ya'll with my top 5 lists of each position in the league. I never got to PF's so here we go. Now, this is the probably the best position in the league right now in terms of elite guys. I'm gonna' give guys like Tim Duncan and KG a lifetime achievement award and exclude them from this list, because based on their game now, they probably wouldn't make it, and I'm not just gonna' exclude arguably the best Power Forward of all time from my list, respect and love to Duncan and KG, and don't get it twisted because the old vets do turn it up come playoff time. But, Now...the list.
1.Amar'e Stoudemire(26 ppg. 8 rpg.) - AKA S.T.A.T.(Standing Tall and Talented) it was once said that the homie wouldn't be able to hold his own in the league once he wasn't paired with Steve Nash anymore, they said he needed Nash. Now, it looks like it should have been the other way around (no shots at the 2-time MVP). Amar'e is a banger inside and since he's added that mid range jump-shot to his already full-clip arsenal he's almost been unstoppable. Amar'e saved New York before Melo joined the revival of NY Hoops, and he's in the midst of an MVP caliber season. He carried those boys on his back, now he has a little more help. One of the best big men in the league at running the pick and roll, a powerful finisher at the rim, Amar'e is the best in the L.
2.LaMarcus Aldridge(22 ppg. 9 rpg.) - Ever since Brandon Roy went down, and continued to be plagued with injuries, Aldridge has embraced the role as the teams go-to-guy and the homie has been putting up some big numbers this season, including a 42 point game against the Bulls a couple months back. Aldridge is also the league leader in alley-oop finishes, a stat that the whole world would say Blake Griffin has his foot on. Aldridge has a solid back to the basket post game, he's long, rebounds well and blocks shots, and he also has a solid mid range jumper that reminds us alot of Rasheed Wallace with that high release. Dude has game and Portland can continue to build the franchise around him.
3.Pau Gasol(19 ppg. 10 rbg.) - Before Pau even landed in Laker town he was already one of the leagues elite big men with the Grizzlies, it's just that now the whole world knows it. Pau is perfect for Kobe and he has a couple of rings on his Spanish fingers to prove that he is one of the best in the world. Gasol also puts on for his home country of Spain in the Olympics when they roll around, and also the Worlds when they roll around. Spain is definatley one of the top teams in the world, along with the U.S. and Argentina. Gasol has arguably the best low post game in the league, he's crafty as hell, can pass the ball, rebound, and can knock down the mid-range shot on top of having an amazing basketball I.Q.
4.Kevin Love(21 ppg. 16 rpg.)- The work-horse. There is no outworking Kevin Love, no matter how hard you try. The homie is a beast on the boards. Love had that amazing 31 and 31 game, which was one of the best individual performances the league has ever seen. And even though we have seen the sad end to his consecutive double double streak, it was a good run as he set a new record, toping all-time great Moses Malone with 53 straight double double's, that's greatness, and in the game where his streak ended, the homie still had 12 boards, he was just cold on the offensive end. Love is a smart player, and he can stroke the long ball as well. A-lot of people don't wanna' give Love the credit he deserves, but numbers don't lie, he's amongst the leagues best.
5.Dirk Nowitzki(23 ppg. 7rbg.) - Dirk's game speaks for itself. He has been the face of the Mavericks franchise for a while now and the German sharp-shooter has become probably the best international player the league has ever seen, along with becoming the best shooting big-man the league has ever seen. Dirk's game is crazy smooth man, back to the basket, that little fade away off one foot...shit is beautiful. He's toned down his three-point attempts this season, keeping it mostly mid-range and back to the basket. Dirk can handle the rock for a big guy as well and he's the reason the Mavs are at the top of the West with the Spurs and Lakers.
*Honorable Mention - Carlos Boozer(18 ppg. 10rpg.), Blake Griffin(22 ppg. 12 rpg.), Zach Randolph(20 ppg. 13 rpg.)
*Just Missed It - David West, Chris Bosh,