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Simmons: Kevin Love > LaMarcus Aldridge > Blake Griffin

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Bill Simmons of Grantland.com -- also known as "The Sports Guy" -- writes that Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is the best power forward in the NBA, but that LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers gets the nod over Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. ------------------------------ Anyone who voted for Griffin over Love needs to start watching League Pass instead of SportsCenter highlights; Love has been the best power forward in either conference, and by the way, haven't we all wanted to step on Luis Scola's face at least once? ... If we're just talking basketball, I'm giving LaMarcus a slight edge over Blake — he's a better all-around player, he's better in crunch time, and he's a much better free throw shooter. Throw in the other stuff (dunking, charisma, entertainment, alley-oops, etc.) and it's suddenly a much better argument, and when you remember it's the All-Star Game — the kind of showcase that was literally created for someone like Blake — then that's when you start thinking, "Can we just give Blake all of LaMarcus' minutes?" I don't mind thinking this way for the All-Star Game, but when we're trying to win a Gold Medal in six months? This becomes a more meaningful debate. ------------------------------ -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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