10. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
Stats: 15.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.0 APG
For a while Ibaka was known for just his shot-blocking, but last year was a breakthrough in multiple areas, and it pushed him into the top 10 power forwards in the league. He averaged the most PPG of his career while still maintaining over 50% shooting, and he showed that he can knock down a 3-pointer once in a while if need be. His range is better than the average PF and his FT shooting has continued to improve. He also set a career high in RPG, surpassing his previous career high of 7.7. His blocks have gone down a bit, but still remain very high at 2.7 of them a game.
9. Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
Stats: 17.4 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 2.5 APG
Randolph is the first on this list to average a double double, and it’s about what people have come to expect from him. While he’s likely past his 20+ PPG seasons, he can still contribute a lot at the offensive end. It was also his best passing season of his career, averaging one of the higher totals of APG among power forwards in the league. It was his eighth season averaging a double double. Randolph is still an excellent player in this league.
8. David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Stats: 18.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.1 APG
I really like what David Lee has to contribute when he’s on the court. His rebounds and minutes went down from the year before, but he still maintained a high scoring average that was 7th among all power forwards last year. He was just a bit below a double double average last year and his assists were actually down, but with a guy like Steph Curry in the backcourt, Lee is going to be receiving a lot more passes than he will be giving them. It was rumored that he could be part of a Kevin Love trade, but the Warriors dropped out of the sweepstakes, securing that Lee will continue to dominate in Golden State.
7. Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
Stats: 17.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.1 APG
Millsap has been working so hard his entire career that it was nice to see him finally get an All-Star appearance. His first season with the Hawks was actually the best season of his career, averaging a career high in PPG and close to a career high in RPG. He even added more than a steal and a block per game, something that very few big men can do. It was also his first year where he shot a lot of 3-pointers, and it worked out well. He hit just over one of them per game, a nice touch to an all-around player. With Al Horford back next year, the Hawks will have an awesome front court duo.
6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Stats: 15.1 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.0 APG
It’s not much of a discussion that Tim Duncan is one of the best pure power forwards in NBA history, and some have even gone to the point of saying he’s the best PF ever. He had another very memorable season last year that ended with an NBA Championship, something he’s very familiar with. He’s not quite as dominant as he used to be, but that’s a bit misleading considering how amazing he still is. He averaged just under a double double and added 3 APG, a great line of stats. He also added just under 2 blocks per game, proving how dominant he is all over the court. It will be a sad day when he has to retire, but he’s already said he’s coming back for next year.
5. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Stats: 21.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG
Dirk is another long-time veteran that doesn’t seem like he’ll ever retire. He just signed a 3 year extension to stay in Dallas, and in this day and age, it’s nice to see guys like Duncan and Nowitzki that stay with one team their entire career. Nowitzki’s rebounding was down and has been down the past few years, but wear and tear will do that to a player. He’s still putting up over 20 PPG, something he’s done all but three of his seasons in his career. I think his most impressive feat was that he played in 80 games last year, something he failed to do the previous three seasons because of injuries. Dallas really needs him to be on the court or they will surely struggle.
4. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Stats: 23.2 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.6 APG
Aldridge had a monster year for a team that had a major breakout season. He is part of an excellent group of players that were one of the scariest teams in the West last year. Aldridge had his first double double season of his career, and it happened to coincide with a 20-10 season as well. Having a 20-10 season will almost surely get you in the top 5 in your position and an All-Star bid. He also decreased his foul total for the second year in a row and got his FT% to a career high of 82.2%. He did everything right last year, and Portland will need him to continue to dominate at this extent next year if they want to stay atop the West.
3. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Stats: 20.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.6 APG
It didn’t take too long for Davis to immediately become an amazing player in this league. He averaged a 20-10 season in just his second year in the NBA. That’s amazing. He also got back to his dominant shot-blocking ways, averaging 2.8 BPG last year. His PER was completely off the charts at a mark of 26.54, which was top 5 in the entire league. It’s a shame that the Pelicans struggled so much last year, but I expect them to be a little bit better next year. Staying on the court and staying healthy is the biggest challenge for Davis, who has already missed a fair amount of games in each of his two seasons.
2. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Stats: 24.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 3.9 APG
It’s not particularly surprising to see Griffin at the #2 spot on this list. While he didn’t quite get to the 20-10 average mark, he improved his offensive game and set a career high in PPG. He has continued to shoot very efficiently and also set a career high in FT%, which was at a respectable 71.5% for a big man. He is the most important player on a very talented Clippers team, and I doubt the NBA has seen his best season yet. It will be awesome to see what he can do next year.
1. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Stats: 26.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 4.4 APG
Kevin Love was the obvious choice for #1 at his position considering he was #1 in PPG, RPG, APG, and PER. Actually, his score value was far above Griffin, the #2 guy on the overall list. Love was essentially the entire team for Minnesota last year, scoring, rebounding, and passing better than most players in the league. He has also been the biggest offseason story minus the LeBron situation, but he’s actually been tied to that considering a trade to Cleveland to join LeBron is imminent. They said they have a deal in place and are just waiting a couple more weeks until it can be officially made, suggesting that Andrew Wiggins will be on the move. Unfortunately though, I don’t see Love being able to maintain these stats in Cleveland.