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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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It's not the number of dunks a player has -- Kenneth Faried is the only participant among the top 10 in dunks this season -- it's about the flair a player shows when he throws it down. The 2013 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend will feature some of the league's most electrifying dunkers, but who is the favorite to win? Will defending champion Jeremy Evans retain his title? Click the participants' photos to set your rankings!

NBA dunk contest participants

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe

Clippers G

Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans

Jazz F
Slam Dunk Contest champion (2012)

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

Nuggets F

Gerald Green

Gerald Green

Pacers F
Slam Dunk Contest champion (2007)

Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross

Raptors G

James White

James White

Knicks G

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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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