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The Spurs' four best players now live on the head of a man from Texas. A customer at KardzMatic Barbershop in San Antonio got lifelike representations of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili shaved into his head, and the result is incredibly impressive, if a little unsettling. Memo to those fans who get championship tattoos before their team actually wins a championship -- this might be a better way of going about it.


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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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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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Amid all the offseason NBA movement, the position of steady hands stayed steady. That is, most of the league's top point guards remained right where they were, gearing up to lead their (often new-look) teams to another run at a title. Which ones are the best as individuals? Our own Bradford Doolittle made his stats-based projections earlier this week. Now, click on the boxes to rank Doolittle's top 16 for yourself!

Rank 'Em: Power forwards | Shooting guards | Centers | NBA teams' under-25 talent

NBA Point Guards

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon

2012-13: 11.3 PPG, 7.1 APG, 0.8 SPG

Mike Conley

Mike Conley

2012-13: 14.6 PPG, 6.1 APG, 2.2 SPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

2012-13: 22.9 PPG, 6.9 APG, 1.6 SPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

2012-13: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 1.5 SPG

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson

2012-13: 16.7 PPG, 6.9 APG, 1.5 SPG

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

2012-13: 19.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 0.9 SPG

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

2012-13: 11.6 PPG, 6.4 APG, 1.4 SPG

Tony Parker

Tony Parker

2012-13: 20.3 PPG, 7.6 APG, 0.8 SPG

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

2012-13: 16.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 2.4 SPG

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

2012-13: 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG, 1.8 SPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

2011-12: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 0.9 SPG

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio

2012-13: 10.7 PPG, 7.3 APG, 2.4 SPG

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

2012-13: 17.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, 2.0 SPG

John Wall

John Wall

2012-13: 18.5 PPG, 7.6 APG, 1.3 SPG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

2012-13: 23.2 PPG, 7.4 APG, 1.8 SPG

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

2012-13: 18.9 PPG, 7.7 APG, 1.0 SPG

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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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