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A power forward's job is to control the low block area -- they are able to play with their backs to the basket as well as step out to nail a mid-range jumper. Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are known to have that skillset. Some are also known for their ability to intimidate with powerful dunks, like Blake Griffin. Then you have the Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki types who can pretty much do it all, from inside the paint to outside the arc. How do you round out the NBA's best at the four position? NBA insider Bradford Doolittle had his say and so did the NBA 5-on-5 crew, but now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

Rank 'Em: Point guards | Shooting guards | Centers | NBA teams' under-25 talent

NBA Power Forwards

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers
2012-13: 21.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.2 BPG

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Pelicans
2012-13: 16.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 BPG

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks
2012-13: 28.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.6 APG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Spurs
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 BPG

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

Nuggets
2012-13: 11.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.0 APG

Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors

Jazz
2012-13: 9.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Nets
2012-13: 14.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

Lakers
2012-13: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 BPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Clippers
2012-13: 18.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 0.6 BPG

Al Horford

Al Horford

Hawks
2012-13: 17.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Thunder
2012-13: 13.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.0 BPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat
2012-13: 26.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG

David Lee

David Lee

Warriors
2012-13: 18.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 0.3 BPG

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Timberwolves
2012-13: 18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap

Hawks
2012-13: 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.0 BPG

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks
2012-13: 17.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.7 BPG

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Grizzlies
2012-13: 15.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Pistons
2012-13: 17.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.2 APG

David West

David West

Pacers
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.9 BPG

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry lit up Madison Square Garden, dropping 54 points on the Knicks in a 109-105 loss. Curry did most of his damage from the outside, making 11 of 13 3-point attempts. For the season he's shooting 46 percent from distance and 90 percent from the free throw line. But is Curry the best pure shooter in the NBA? Mouse over the images to see each player's shooting stats from this season, and click on the images to rank them. You must rank at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Feb. 27, 2013. Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

Best pure shooters in NBA

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Miami Heat

40.1% jump shot FG pct
42.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.8% FT pct

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

New Orleans Hornets

40.1% jump shot FG pct
37.7% 3-pt FG pct
86.3% FT pct

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

30.5% jump shot FG pct
32.9% 3-pt FG pct
84.8% FT pct

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

Detroit Pistons

40.7% jump shot FG pct
44.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.9% FT pct

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

35.1% jump shot FG pct
46.0% 3-pt FG pct
90.6% FT pct

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

38.0% jump shot FG pct
42.6% 3-pt FG pct
91.0% FT pct

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

36.9% jump shot FG pct
42.0% 3-pt FG pct
85.8% FT pct

Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver

Atlanta Hawks

44.9% jump shot FG pct
46.4% 3-pt FG pct
85.7% FT pct

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Oklahoma City Thunder

40.1% jump shot FG pct
43.5% 3-pt FG pct
90.4% FT pct

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

41.0% jump shot FG pct
43.2% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

Steve Novak

Steve Novak

New York Knicks

41.7% jump shot FG pct
44.3% 3-pt FG pct
95.7% FT pct

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

41.9% jump shot FG pct
41.3% 3-pt FG pct
82.2% FT pct

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

37.2% jump shot FG pct
34.6% 3-pt FG pct
88.4% FT pct

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick

Milwaukee Bucks

37.2% jump shot FG pct
39.1% 3-pt FG pct
90.0% FT pct

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For the second consecutive year, ESPN Insiders David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton have ranked the best players in the NBA under the age of 25. Now it's your turn to rank them. We've picked the top 15 from Thorpe and Pelton's list below. Just click on the images to rank them. You must pick at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Jan. 21, 2013.

Best Players Under 25

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Age 24
Oklahoma City Thunder
29.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 6.7 RPG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Age 24
Oklahoma City Thunder
22.7 PPG, 8.3 APG, 5.3 RPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Age 23
Los Angeles Clippers
17.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 BPG

James Harden

James Harden

Age 23
Houston Rockets
25.8 PPG, 5.3 APG, 4.4 RPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Age 24
Chicago Bulls
21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG*
*2011-12 stats

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Age 20
Cleveland Cavaliers
23.1 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.6 RPG

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Age 23
Oklahoma City Thunder
13.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.8 BPG

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Age 24
Minnesota Timberwolves
18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Age 24
Brooklyn Nets
18.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Age 24
Golden State Warriors
20.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.1 RPG

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

Age 23
Denver Nuggets
12.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 0.9 BPG

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday

Age 22
Philadelphia 76ers
19.4 PPG, 9.0 APG, 4.2 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Age 19
New Orleans Hornets
13.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

Age 22
Detroit Pistons
15.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 0.6 BPG

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Age 24
New Orleans Hornets
16.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 APG

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We'll get back to the actual draft selections in a bit, but frankly, aside from new Timberwolves general manager David Kahn putting Matt Millen and Jon Gruden to shame by stockpiling people who play the same position in a matter of mere minutes, the week's real drama involved players who long since had their moment on the podium with David Stern.

We're talking trades -- and not just mentally talking, as Shaq seems to prefer.

Vince Carter is in Orlando, Richard Jefferson is in San Antonio, Shaquille O'Neal is in Cleveland and Thabo Sefolosha is in Oklahoma City. And if you don't think that last one matters, you've obviously never listened to anyone with an Oklahoma accent.

nspe33

I have a feeling [the Magic] aint bringing back turkoglu now.with the money that howard,carter,and lewis are making,I cant imagine them giving him the kind of money he thought he was going to get last week.

-- nspe33
THEBOOTGUY

Get ready, Cleveland. [Shaq] willl be fat and out of shape when camp starts, he'll have to play himself into shape, and he'll be injured the first 1 - 1 1/2 months of the season. Just like every other team he has ever played for! Bank it!

-- THEBOOTGUY

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