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LeBron James has won four of the past five NBA Most Valuable Player awards -- Kevin Durant has placed second in three of those four years. Will this be the season Durant finally takes the crown as the league's best player, or is LeBron the favorite to become just the fourth player in NBA history to win three consecutive MVP awards? Where does the reigning scoring champion Carmelo Anthony fit in? Is young Kyrie Irving on your radar?

The NBA ESPN Forecast panel had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in. Set your rankings below, then head to Twitter to join the discussion via #ESPNForecast.

NBA MVP candidates

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

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

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Warriors, G
2012-13: 22.9 PPG, 6.9 APG, 4.0 RPG

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

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

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Thunder, F
2012-13: 28.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 7.9 RPG

Paul George

Paul George

Pacers, F
2012-13: 17.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 7.6 RPG

James Harden

James Harden

Rockets, G
2012-13: 25.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.9 RPG

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Rockets, C
2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.4 BPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers, G
2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG

LeBron James

LeBron James

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

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Spurs, G
2012-13: 20.3 PPG, 7.6 APG, 3.0 RPG

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Clippers, G
2012-13: 16.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 3.7 RPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Bulls, G
2011-12: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG

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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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Will the Spurs' Big Three bounce back?

June 11, 2013
Jun
11

NBA Finals: Game 3

"It starts with me," Tony Parker said of the Spurs' chances in Game 3, and judging by his Game 2 performance, he's not wrong. Parker was minus-27 during his time on the floor in the Spurs' 103-84 loss, the worst mark out of the Spurs' Big Three in this series. Going down 2-1 after losing a game at home could have dire consequences for the Spurs. Do their veteran core players have it in them to make the necessary adjustments?

Which team will win Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio? (9 p.m. ET, ABC)

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  • Which ''Big Three'' do you have more confidence in right now?

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  • What are you expecting out of Manu Ginobili in Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

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  • What are you expecting out of Tim Duncan in Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

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  • What are you expecting out of Tony Parker in Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

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Have the Spurs taken control of this series?

June 7, 2013
Jun
7

NBA Finals: Game 7

The Miami Heat came back in grand fashion against the San Antonio Spurs in one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory. LeBron James lost his headband and caught fire (metaphorically), Ray Allen hit another clutch 3-pointer, Chris Bosh had a number of key blocks in overtime, and the Heat are alive for another day. With such a dramatic end to Game 6, it's almost absurd that both teams have to play again -- but play again they must, in Game 7 in Miami.

  • Which team will win Game 7? (9 p.m. ET, ABC)

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  • The Heat are favored by 6.5 points over the Spurs in Game 7. What will the final score be?

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  • What are you expecting out of LeBron James in Game 7?

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  • Which Big Three will perform better in Game 7?

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  • What should LeBron James do with his signature headband in Game 7?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in Game 7?

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  • The median ticket price for Game 7 is $699. Would you pay that much to see your favorite team in a championship Game 7?

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  • Who will be the MVP of Game 7?

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  • Which would be better for the NBA?

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  • What do you make of Chris Bosh telling Heat fans who left Game 6 early to stay at home for Game 7?

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