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.
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.
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.
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 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.