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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.

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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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Whom do you love? When it comes to the NBA, it appears fans now prefer LeBron James. Yes, according to the latest ESPN Sports Poll, the Miami Heat star -- he of the ill-received "The Decision," but also of the last two MVPs and NBA championships -- took first for the first time in four years, named a favorite by 12.9 percent of fans. Among others, he bested fellow multiple champion Kobe Bryant (12.5 percent). Rounding out the top five: Kevin Durant (3.6), Derrick Rose (2.8) and Dwyane Wade (2.6). Who are your favorites? Make your picks from this list of stars!

Your favorite NBA players

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Miami Heat

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Brooklyn Nets

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden

James Harden

Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Houston Rockets

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James

LeBron James

Miami Heat

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves

Steve Nash

Steve Nash

Los Angeles Lakers

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Brooklyn Nets

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Memphis Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Brooklyn Nets

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From the inside out, we've seen a little bit of everything in the playoffs -- dominating all-around play from LeBron James, strong defensive performances by Roy Hibbert and spectacular shooting from Stephen Curry. But who knew players such as Nate Robinson, Mike Conley or Kawhi Leonard would step up the way they have? NBA Insider David Thorpe ran down his postseason MVP rankings and it's time for SportsNation to do the same.

NBA postseason MVPs

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Knicks, F
Postseason: 29.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, 6.5 RPG

Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

Warriors, C
Postseason: 8.1 PPG, 2.0 BPG, 11.0 RPG

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

Grizzlies, G
Postseason: 17.9 PPG, 7.8 APG, 4.5 RPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Warriors, G
Postseason: 26.5 PPG, 8.9 APG, 4.3 RPG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Spurs, F
Postseason: 18.7 PPG, 1.3 APG, 8.3 RPG

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Thunder, F
Postseason: 33.3 PPG, 6.4 APG, 9.1 RPG

Marc Gasol

Marc Gasol

Grizzlies, C
Postseason: 18.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 7.5 RPG

Paul George

Paul George

Pacers, F
Postseason: 18.9 PPG, 4.4 APG, 8.3 RPG

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

Pacers, C
Postseason: 13.5 PPG, 2.5 BPG, 9.1 RPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

Heat, F
Postseason: 23.5 PPG, 7.2 APG, 7.3 RPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs, F
Postseason: 13.0 PPG, 1.7 APG, 8.3 RPG

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

Bulls, C
Postseason: 11.7 PPG, 2.4 APG, 9.6 RPG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Spurs, G
Postseason: 22.8 PPG, 6.2 APG, 4.5 RPG

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph

Grizzlies, F
Postseason: 19.8 PPG, 1.8 APG, 8.3 RPG

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson

Bulls, G
Postseason: 17.4 PPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 RPG

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With a half a dozen major sports going on at once between pro and college, not to mention holiday plans, it's not easy to stay on top of everything. Heck, barely half of SportsNation has watched a bowl game yet, and who would want to miss Marshall and Ohio? All right, bad example. But it's a tough juggling act, which is where the Daily Dime comes in each morning. Like the Spurs, it means we don't have to show up until the NBA playoffs start.

Anyway, shameless plug complete, yesterday's Dime had a particularly compelling trio of statistical feats that, let's face it, most of us probably would have missed.

Actually, we were a little surprised Zach Randolph is still in the league, let alone the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 to total as many as 141 points and 91 rebounds in a five-game span. But is that more impressive than Rajon Rondo doing something only Larry Bird and Bob Cousy had done before for the Celtics, or Monta Ellis suffering through more minutes in a Warriors uniform than should be allowed? Vote at the end of the post.

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