The NBA: January 2014 Position Battle – The Top 5 Power Forwards Right Now

In this Position Battle post, we will focus on the top five power forwards at this point in the season. We will take into account just the players’ stats for the latest five games of their respective teams. This will, hopefully, give us a more current picture of each player’s production.

There’s not a lot of movement really. LMA, Love, Blake… they’re all still here. Kevin Love nearly got bumped down to #6, but he stays in the top five after his nice line today (the Wolves still lost though).

Note: All of the following stats are based on each player’s stats as computed by They were taken on January 13, 2014 (Manila time).

5. Kevin Love (MIN) – 20.2ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.8apg, 2.2 triples per game, 45.8 3pt%, 23.6 EFF
Love struggled against the mighty Spurs earlier in the week, but he bounced back with a nice double-double (27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 triples) against Sac-Town today. The Wolves absorbed their fourth loss of the new year, though, and that bumped them down to eleventh spot. This is why there’s a part of me that wants him in a Lakers uniform soon.

So who's better? Kevin Love or Blake Griffin? Will
Love join Griffin in Los Angeles soon?
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4. David Lee (GSW) – 21.4ppg, 10.8rpg, 3.4apg, 58.4 FG%, 26.8 EFF
Sure, Lee got schooled by Kris Humphries (16 points and 14 rebounds) a few nights ago, but he bounced back in a big way against the Nuggets today. He dropped 28 points and 11 boards, though his Warriors lost. Lee has had a great start to the new year, scoring 20 or more points in all but one game so far, with Golden State going 5-2 in that stretch.

3. Anthony Davis (NOP) – 23.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.6spg, 2.2bpg, 55.0 FG%, 27.0 EFF
The Pelicans had a forgettable trip through Texas this week, going 0-4, but at least their prized young PF showed how he could hang with some of the league’s best bigs. Davis averaged around 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks in that span, going up against the likes of Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, and Tim Duncan. Not too shabby, eh?

2. Blake Griffin (LAC) – 24.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 5.6apg, 2.0spg, 56.7 FG%, 28.4 EFF
Blake has been ultra-efficient in the past few games for the Clips, who have won six of their last seven games. Griffin has been really active on both ends, even going for 8 assists in two games. He has shown his versatility and ability to really stuff the sheet beyond the points and rebounds. It looks like Griffin’s game is continuing to grow, which makes the Clippers even more dangerous moving forward.

1. LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 28.4ppg, 12.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2.0bpg, 49.1 FG%, 90.0 FT%, 32.4 EFF
Outside of Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge has, arguably, been the best player since the new year. He had a yawner (10 points) against the Cats to start ’14, but has really torn things up since then. His latest masterpiece? A 32-point, 18-rebound, 4-assist beauty against the Cavs. Portland regained second spot after that win, and are closing in on the conference-leading Spurs. If the season ended today, LMA would be my MVP.
LaMarcus looks to be making the JUMP from All-Star to bona fide Superstar.
(image by Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

Outside looking in:
Terrence Jones (HOU) – 22.2 EFF
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) – 22.0 EFF
Serge Ibaka (OKC) – 20.8 EFF

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