Kevin Love vs. Blake Griffin: Who Is the Better NBA Building Block?

Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Staples Center on December 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves 113-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Between Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, who is the better player and franchise piece to build around?

With a recent head-to-head matchup between Love and Griffin, the stats sheet shows the Timberwolves' leader led the way. 

The similarities between the Clippers star and Wolves star is the power both have. Whether it is attacking the hoop, posting up, or blocking out, a head wind moves with both. Their defense abilities even match with one another. From these similarities is about all the two have in common. 

Griffin no doubt has the best air in the NBA. His hops are crazy stupid and can erupt an arena in a single bound! Love has normal hops, nothing to get jazzed over. 

Low post game goes to Kevin Love and his crafty style of getting the offensive rebound and using put backs. Many shots seem as if he used magic to get them to fall. Griffin's back to the basket game is raw, potential to continue to grow it. 

Shooting without doubt goes to Kevin Love. How many 6'10" power forwards can shoot a three-pointer as well and consistently as a guard, only one comes to mind. Blake truly has no shot, is very streaky, and has poor range. 

Rebounding, despite not being top of the league this year, has Kevin Love snag this honor. The way he moves and positions his body has not been seen since the likes of Dennis Rodman. 

Who has the more high profile? Playing in a big market, even if it is for the "other LA team," and having rim-rocking jams, Blake Griffin is a more sought after player. Not that he is better than Love, but Blake has a flashier game and excites on a different level. 



Who is the better building block?

Both the Clippers and Timberwolves have spent several years in the slums before becoming an exciting organization. Critics doubted Kevin from the beginning, though there is plenty of praise and love coming his way. The all-around better play is Kevin Love; even this season with all of his leadership he deserves MVP credit.  Both Griffin and Love are premier players of the NBA, but one can’t dog Love and his ease of building around him.