NBA Player Power Rankings: Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

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8. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) shoots the ball against the defense of San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Although post non-trade (NBA Commissioner David Sterns vetoed the Chris Paul to Lakers deal in 2011) Gasol has had his ups and downs, he is still an elite passer and can stretch the floor to 18 feet, clearing up lanes for whatever other bigs the Lakers happen to be playing down low.

In 2012-13, Gasol posted 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, which was a career low, but expect him to bounce back in 2013-14 when the load of the offense will go on his shoulders because of Kobe Bryant likely missing much of the season.

Although his brother, Marc Gasol, has passed him on the big man totem pole in the past year, Pau can still get it done on both ends of the court.

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Tags: Blake Griffin Chris Bosh David Lee David West Detroit Pistons Golden State Warriors Indiana Pacers Josh Smith Kevin Love Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat Minnesota Timberwolves Pau Gasol Portland Trail Blazers San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan Zach Randolph

  • Faun Ramey

    This list is laughable. Blake Griffin 6 spots ABOVE Tim Duncan. If you could have any one of these players for the 2013-14 season you would take Lee, Griffin, Smith and Randolph over Duncan and Gasol, heck Bosh too? Did you watch Randolph is the Spurs series? I seriously have to question how you have a job writing about the NBA.

  • edgargn_1218

    Just with Tim Duncan NOT being in the # 1or 2 spot makes this list hilariously laughable. The only other power forward better than Timmy MIGHT be Kevin Love.

  • Liberious Booker

    Where’s LaBron?

  • jimmie kidd

    Anthony Davis will be on this list by the end of the season

  • Steven Page

    At least Aldridge has led his team to the playoffs before. Why do people say the LMA can’t be the #1 Power Forward in the NBA because it’s been maybe 2 years straight that the Blazers haven’t made the playoffs. I mean Kevin Love has never made it to the playoffs. at least Aldridge plays defense and keeps his team for the most part in the hunt for the playoffs.