The Top 12 NBA Players (January 17th Edition)


The lockout shortened 2011-12 season has flown by. The Minnesota Timberwolves started on December 26th, and have played 13 games through January 16th. That is 13 games in 22 days! Unreal.

But it has been a blast.

There has been great games seemingly every night. And we have seen numerous teams do the unthinkable and win the third leg of a back-to-back-to-back.

What we have also seen in this shortened season is some younger talents rise their games to the elite level. While there has also been some familiar faces having their typical phenomenal years.

With the season just over three weeks in, this seems to be the right time to debut my list of the top 12 NBA players.

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The Kevin Love-Blake Griffin Debate

Kevin Love and Blake Griffin have taken vastly different routes to the NBA. But their performances in the 2010-11 NBA season have sparked a new debate; who is the best young power forward in the NBA?

Through Friday night the Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love is averaging 21.5 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin checks in at 22 points and 12.7 boards.

Just by looking at points and rebounds per game it appears they’re having extremely similar seasons, with Love having the slight upper hand due to his work on the glass.

Looking deeper into their numbers- and styles of play- it becomes apparent that comparing their respective seasons is like comparing True Grit to Black Swan; they both play drastically different, but you can’t go wrong with either one. [Read more…]