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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.
NBA Power Forwards
Portland Trail Blazers
2012-13: 21.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.2 BPG
2012-13: 16.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13: 28.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.6 APG
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 BPG
2012-13: 11.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.0 APG
2012-13: 9.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG
2012-13: 14.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG
2012-13: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 BPG
2012-13: 18.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 0.6 BPG
2012-13: 17.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG
2012-13: 13.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.0 BPG
2012-13: 26.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG
2012-13: 18.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 0.3 BPG
2012-13: 18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG
2012-13: 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.0 BPG
2012-13: 17.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 0.7 BPG
2012-13: 15.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG
2012-13: 17.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.2 APG
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.9 BPG
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For the first time in a long time, the Lakers will have the lineup they were planning on when they signed Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will return to the Lakers tonight, and they will be thrown right back into the starting lineup. The Lakers have been a different team in the second half and are comfortably over .500 -- since they're finally healthy, will they actually be a team to beat come playoff time? That is, if they make the playoffs, of course.
A week ago, the Lakers were embroiled in controversy, coming off a contentious players-only meeting, then falling to a season-worst eight games below .500. Suddenly their season seems to have turned around. They've won three in a row for the first time since Christmas, with Kobe Bryant playing distributor and Pau Gasol as a sixth man. But will it last? And did the turnaround come in time to salvage the Lakers' playoff hopes?
Count on Kobe ... to pass?
Kobe Bryant has taken on the role of facilitator the past three games. Will that work long term?
Pau riding pine?
Mike D'Antoni moved Pau Gasol to a reserve role, and didn't use him in the fourth quarter Tuesday.
When ESPN.com's panel of experts ranked the top players in the NBA over the summer, the Heat and Lakers combined for seven of the top 19 spots. The two teams meet tonight for the first time this season, putting a combined 70 All-Star appearances and six MVP awards on the court. But how do the teams' star players stack up? Click on the images to submit your rankings. You must rank at least five for your vote to count.
All stats through Jan. 16, 2013
Best players among Heat, Lakers
2012-13: 11.3 PPG, 43.4% 3-pt FG
2012-13: 8.4 PPG, 38.3% 3-pt FG
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.4 BPG
2012-13: 29.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.8 APG
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 40.8% 3-pt FG
2012-13: 12.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG
2012-13: 17.8 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 2.6 BPG
2012-13: 26.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 6.9 APG
2012-13: 7.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG
2012-13: 10.5 PPG, 8.9 APG
2012-13: 19.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.4 APG
Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace
2012-13: 13.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Usually, when Kobe Bryant drops 42 points on an opposing team, it results in a solid, decisive win. That's what happened on Monday night, except this time, the Thunder were the ones running away with it. The Lakers looked slow and and out of sorts throughout the series, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum coming under fire more than once for lackluster play. Kobe still seems to have his killer instinct, but do the Lakers need a major overhaul if he's going to get another ring?
Gasol or Bynum?
The Lakers have big decisions to make regarding the dual futures of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
Is Bynum essential?
Andrew Bynum showed his stuff in several games this season, looking like the best player on the court for extended periods of time.
Kobe Bryant isn't getting any younger, and some additional minutes at the London Olympics may make him that much more tired next season.
Mike Brown came under some criticism this season, but still led his team into the second round of the playoffs.
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