I agree with most of this list except how did Blake Griffin get ranked higher than LO if Griffin didn’t play at all last season?
Yahoo! Sports: #1 Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Big men don’t get more versatile than this guy. He’s bad at absolutely nothing, and top gear in just about everything. Scores with either hand on either block. Dominates from the high post. Nails cutters, sets screens and finishes off the good or bad pass. He can play defense now, he’s worked his way into becoming a fierce rebounder and his brain is bigger than our brains are.
Even with Tim Duncan’s history, his smarts, his ability and his formidable all-around play, there isn’t a power forward in this league that I think can help me win more than Pau Gasol. He just does things too excellently too often to overlook.
Yahoo! Sports: #19 Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers
L.O. was rightfully ranked that high last season because he set so much up within the confines of Los Angeles’ offense that didn’t show up in the box score, alongside some pretty happenin’ help defense. The defense was there last year, but he didn’t seem to have as much of an impact offensively, and I was more than dismayed by his slight-but-still-annoying uptick in 3-point attempts, without an uptick in 3-point percentages (31.9 percent on the year, right in line with his career averages).
Still, there are few players in this league I enjoy watching more.