NBA General Managers Vote to Name Kevin Love as the League’s Top Power Forward – Ahead of Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James
The results of the annual poll of all NBA general managers were released today, and many predictions were made about where teams and players would finish in the 2012-2013 NBA season. Among the 57 questions on the survey, one of them asked “Who is the best power forward in the NBA?”
The answer was a pretty clear-cut coronation of Kevin Love as top power forward entering this season. The voting breakdown had Love leading second place candidate Dirk Nowitzki by almost 7 points in the poll. Last year Nowitzki won the title with 41.4% of the vote. According to the NBA’s website, here’s how the full vote broke down:
- Kevin Love – Minnesota – 30%
- Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas – 23.3%
- LeBron James – Miami – 16.7%
- LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland – 10%
- (TIE) Kevin Garnett – Boston, Blake Griffin – LA Clippers – 6.7%
Others receiving votes included Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Pau Gasol of the Lakers.
Timberwolves players earned votes in other categories as well, including the following:
“Which player is the best offensive rebounder?” Kevin Love steals the category with a resounding 53.3% of the vote, followed by Kenneth Faried of Denver (16.7%) and DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento (6.7%). Love won this category last year too with 64.3% of last year’s vote.
“Which player makes the most of limited natural ability?” Kevin Love wins the category. He earned 34.5% of that vote, with Shane Battier of Miami coming in second with 10.3% of the vote and Marc Gasol of Memphis in third with 6.9%.
“Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2012-2013?” Ricky Rubio takes second place billing in this year’s voting, with 13.8% of the vote. He falls behind Jonas Valanciunas of Toronto, who earned 17.2%. Last year, Rubio won the category with 37% of the vote.
“Which Head Coach runs the best offense?” Rick Adelman’s offensive scheme comes in second in the voting this year, with 27.6% of the vote. It falls behind George Karl’s scheme in Denver, which got 31% of the vote.
The survey also detailed a breakdown for where GMs thought teams would fall at the end of the season in the division. Minnesota was picked to place third, behind Oklahoma City and Denver in the Northwest Division.