4. Kevin Love
2012-2013 per-game statistics: 18.3 points, 14 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, 17.97 PER
Dec 26, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) drives to the basket defended by Houston Rockets power forward Greg Smith (4) during the second quarter at Target Center. Rockets won 87-84. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports
If Kevin Love hadn’t been plagued with injury this past year, he may be as high as no. 2 on this list. Included above are his statistics through 18 games last year but his 2011-12 numbers include 26 points and 13.3 rebounds a game. If he is able to bounce back, the Minnesota Timberwolves may be competitive in the West. He’s the best outside shooting big man in the NBA (not named Dirk Nowitzki), shot 82.4 percent from the free throw line, and is always among the league leaders in rebounds. Love has a lot to contribute this year, with Ricky Rubio improving, and the additions of dynamic scorer Shabazz Muhammad and shot blocker Gorgui Dieng, the Wolves will be much better in the 2013-14 season.