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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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What's in store for the Pacers?

Taking the Miami Heat to seven games is nothing to be ashamed of, but there's a sense with the Pacers that they could have done more, especially considering their disastrous Game 7. That being said, the team is in good shape for next season, especially if they manage to retain David West and get back a healthy Danny Granger. Frank Vogel's squad showed it could hang with the NBA's elite teams -- this offseason, it'll have to prove that it can beat them.

Will the Pacers ever win a championship with their current core?

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  • Would the Pacers have made the NBA Finals with Danny Granger?

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  • Will David West (unrestricted free agent) be a Pacer next season?

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  • What should the Pacers do with Danny Granger?

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  • What is the Pacers' biggest need in the offseason?

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  • Should the Pacers bring back Larry Bird?

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  • Do you have a problem with Roy Hibbert and David West leaving the court without shaking hands with the Heat after Game 7?

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Steve Spurrier might just be messing with Nick Saban, but his belief that Alabama potentially could beat some NFL teams is being taken somewhat seriously. After all, watching the Crimson Tide dismantle opponents week after week could lead one to believe that against say, the Jaguars or Chiefs, they'd have at least a fighting chance. If Alabama's stifling defense could do it (and we're not saying it could), what about Oregon's up-tempo offense? Would it be more of a realistic prospect in a battle between a college basketball team and the worst NBA team?


Alabama's chances?

Alabama is allowing 8.1 points per game this season, the best mark in all of college football ...

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Is there any chance that Alabama could ever beat the worst team in the NFL?

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Oregon's chances?

... but Oregon is putting up 53.4 points per game, also the best in college football.

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Is there any chance that Oregon could ever beat the worst team in the NFL?

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Indiana's chances?

The Hoosiers are on top of the preseason rankings, but could they hang with a team even as bad as last year's Hornets?

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Is there any chance that Indiana could ever beat the worst team in the NBA?

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Which matchup would you watch?

Pete Carroll has seen both the college and pro games up close, and he thinks it wouldn't even be a contest. Still, it might be fun to watch.

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Which matchup would you most want to see happen?

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The Pacers have been giving the Heat a lot of trouble in their series, but if last night's 115-83 Heat win is any indication, Miami is fully prepared to bring the hammer down. The teams traded three flagrant fouls, with Dexter Pittman roughing up Lance Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough going after Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem retaliating against Hansbrough when the latter went in for a layup. Larry Bird thought his upstart Pacers were soft in this game, but was it just a fluke?


A soft team?

"I can't believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I'm disappointed. I never thought it would happen. That's all I have to say." -- Larry Bird

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Do you agree with Larry Bird that the Pacers were soft in their Game 5 loss to the Heat?

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Harsher penalties?

Tyler Hansbrough and Udonis Haslem were both called out for their physical play.

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Should either Tyler Hansbrough or Udonis Haslem have been charged with a Flagrant 2 foul for their actions in Game 5?

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Crucial injury?

Both David West and Danny Granger suffered sprains in Game 5. West thought his injury was due to a cheap shot, although replays were somewhat less than conclusive.

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Who would the Pacers miss more if both were less than 100 percent in Game 6?

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Game 6 winner?

After such a decisive loss in Game 5, the Pacers will have to come out with a different approach in Game 6.

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What will happen in Game 6 of the Heat-Pacers Eastern Conference semifinal?

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Nothing seems to go according to script for the Heat in the playoffs. If you believe LeBron James' prediction in their infamous introductory press conference, they should be well on their way to their second title by now. Instead, they're teetering on the brink of falling in a deep hole in their series against the Pacers. It's gotten so bad that the normally unflappable Dwyane Wade is scoring in the single digits and arguing with his coach. Whatever's wrong with Wade and the Heat, they'll have to turn it around quickly.


Will Wade turn it around?

Dwyane Wade's performance in Game 3 was eminently forgettable -- a mere five points and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

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What do you expect out of Dwyane Wade for the rest of the Heat-Pacers series?

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Wade vs. Spoelstra?

Dwyane Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra had to be separated after a heated argument.

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Was Dwyane Wade's heated exchange with Erik Spoelstra a big deal?

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Pacers' standout?

The Pacers have been splitting scoring duties almost evenly among their five starters, and it's been working out well so far.

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Which Pacers starter is most responsible for their 2-1 series lead over the Heat?

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A trade in the future?

There's been talk of splitting up the Big Three if the Heat don't win this season, possibly with the intention of acquiring Dwight Howard.

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If the Heat lose to the Pacers, what should they do in the offseason?

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