Despite career and breakout seasons from some of the best big men in the game, guys like Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard, the hottest topic of conversation when it comes to position players in 2010-11 is point guard play.
It makes sense that point guards have grabbed a lot of headlines this year. There is a new wave of young guys (i.e. Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose) trying to grab the torch from the veterans (the Jason Kidds and Steve Nashs) while Chris Paul and Deron Williams make dazzling plays night-in and night-out.
These guys have the ball in their hands a majority of the time so it's almost a given that a majority of the watchful eyes will be on them.
But the bigs who set screens for the guards, clean up the misses at the rim and provide legitimate scoring threats out of the post have quietly enjoyed a strong 2010 campaign and are looking to carry that momentum to 2011.
As mentioned above, Love and Griffin have taken the league by storm with their intense rebounding and awe-inspiring athleticism, respectively. Howard, Stoudemire and Luis Scola are averaging career-highs in points. And several forwards, including LaMarcus Aldridge and Al Horford, have been playing some of the best all-around games of their career.
Being strong or crafty enough to finish at the hoop is somewhat of a lost art in a lot of the younger big men in today's game. The following power forwards and centers are among the league's best when it comes to finishing inside and scoring in the paint.