Who Is the Best Power Forward in the NBA Today?

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Who Is the Best Power Forward in the NBA Today?
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Blake Griffin and Tim Duncan are two of the best power forwards of their respective generations.

The NBA has enjoyed an influx of great power forwards over the years. The depth of talent has led to this inevitable question: Who is the best power forward in the game right now? 

When it comes to holding the title of being the best at their respective position, there seems to be a general consensus over who holds the crown at the four other spots. 

Since coming over from New Orleans to Los Angeles in 2010, Chris Paul has built on an already-remarkable career and established himself as the "point god." He's an elite scorer, defender and distributor as well as a perennial MVP contender. 

At the other guard spot, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has held the crown for some time. His recent battle with Father Time has allowed younger candidates such as Houston's James Harden to try and dethrone The Black Mamba. 

At center, Harden's new teammate Dwight Howard is regarded by many as the best. With his combination of size and athleticism as well as his prowess on the glass and on defense, D12 is the closest thing to the total package. 

It seems fitting that a self-proclaimed king would find himself at the top of the small forward food chain. Miami's LeBron James towers over the league like a colossus, but the presence of Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Indiana's Paul George threaten King James' reign.

The field is more wide open at power forward. Several candidates can stake their claim at the top spot, which brings us to why we're here.

To help get to the bottom of this debate, I comprised a list of the best power forwards in the game. For each contender, a case has been made on both sides why they should and should not be considered the best. 

Now, this list shouldn't be confused with rankings. The contenders are arranged in no particular order. The criteria are based on statistics, team success and the player's standing on his own team. 

Since this is a democracy, the decision comes down to your choices in the comment section. Feel free to add any comments or concerns or make the case for anyone you believe was snubbed. My personal choice for the top spot can be found in the final slide. 

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