2012 NBA power forwards
The NBA's best power forwards of 2012 are a nice mix of established veterans and rising stars. Some of these power forwards will likely post phenomenal numbers again in 2012 while others are more concerned with winning an NBA title. In any case, the 2012 NBA season is likely to be a wild ride. Take a closer look at the top five NBA power forwards for 2012.
5. Pau Gasol: Los Angeles Lakers
Despite another fine season at power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol endured heavy criticism in last year's NBA Western Conference Playoffs. Gasol averaged 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in the previous NBA season. In 2012, look for the Lakers power forward to be on a mission to prove his NBA critics wrong.
4. LaMarcus Aldridge: Portland Trail Blazers
Last year, LaMarcus Aldridge had an incredible season at power forward. Aldridge grabbed 8.8 rebounds and scored 21.8 points per game for the Trail Blazers. Playing in Portland, Aldridge may continue to fly below radar in the 2012 NBA season. Still young, Aldridge may actually continue to improve on his numbers at power forward in 2012.
3. Blake Griffin: Los Angeles Clippers
There is no telling how incredible Blake Griffin could be in 2012 now that Chris Paul is his point guard. I am a New Orleans Hornets fan and I witnessed first-hand how Paul made Tyson Chandler an NBA star in 2008. In 2012, look for Griffin to dwarf his 2011 NBA numbers of 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game at power forward.
2. Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks
After years of stellar play at power forward, Dirk Nowitzki finally won an NBA title in 2011. This experience should give the Dallas power forward even more confidence in 2012. Plus, Lamar Odom may open things up even more for Nowitzki in 2012 at power forward. Look for Nowitzki to improve on his 2011 average of 23 points per game in 2012.
1. Kevin Love: Minnesota Timberwolves
In 2011, Kevin Love posted a ridiculous 20.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game average. I wonder how good he could be at power forward if he had more NBA talent around him. Minnesota's power forward is still improving and his NBA stats could be even better in 2012. Kevin Love is clearly the NBA's best power forward of 2012.
Honorable mention 2012 NBA power forwards
Chris Bosh: Miami Heat, David Lee: Golden State Warriors, Zach Randolph: Memphis Grizzlies, Josh Smith: Atlanta Hawks, David West: Indiana Pacers
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
"2010-11 NBA Leaders," basketball-reference.com
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