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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James

Al Jefferson

Damian Lillard

Kevin Love

Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Paul

John Wall

Russell Westbrook

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Kyrie Irving showed he is a serious threat with the ball in his hands, having upped his average in points and assists from his rookie year to his sophomore season. Now that the Cavaliers added Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum to the roster, that should give Irving the room he needs to be even more explosive on the offensive end. Will Irving be the league's biggest breakout star? Are second-year players Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond poised to up there production as well? NBA Insider Bradford Doolittle had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Click the images below to set your rankings!

2013-14 NBA breakout players

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

Wizards G
2012-13: 13.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.8 RPG

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley

Rockets G
2012-13: 5.6 PPG, 2.9 APG, 2.7 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Pelicans F
2012-13: 13.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.75 BPG

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Pistons C
2012-13: 7.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.58 BPG

Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier

Nuggets G
2012-13: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 APG, 0.9 RPG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

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

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter

Jazz C
2012-13: 7.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.46 BPG

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Spurs F
2012-13: 11.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 6.0 RPG

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

Nuggets C
2012-13: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.99 BPG

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

Pelicans G
2012-13: 6.2 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.8 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.

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

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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You would think that creating uniforms that aren't horribly ugly would be easy. You would not be correct! There's a reason why we as a society value people who have even a modicum of design skill, because a uniform that looks dumb makes the team look dumb, and the team that looks dumb plays dumb. We think. We didn't really research this. Anyway, the Pelicans unveiled their new red, blue and gold uniforms Thursday. An early fan: Anthony Davis, who says he's looking forward to wearing the uniform in games and did not immediately run screaming when they were first unveiled.

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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For the second consecutive year, ESPN Insiders David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton have ranked the best players in the NBA under the age of 25. Now it's your turn to rank them. We've picked the top 15 from Thorpe and Pelton's list below. Just click on the images to rank them. You must pick at least five for your vote to count.

Stats through Jan. 21, 2013.

Best Players Under 25

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Age 24
Oklahoma City Thunder
29.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 6.7 RPG

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Age 24
Oklahoma City Thunder
22.7 PPG, 8.3 APG, 5.3 RPG

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Age 23
Los Angeles Clippers
17.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 BPG

James Harden

James Harden

Age 23
Houston Rockets
25.8 PPG, 5.3 APG, 4.4 RPG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Age 24
Chicago Bulls
21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG*
*2011-12 stats

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Age 20
Cleveland Cavaliers
23.1 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.6 RPG

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Age 23
Oklahoma City Thunder
13.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.8 BPG

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Age 24
Minnesota Timberwolves
18.3 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG

Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez

Age 24
Brooklyn Nets
18.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.1 BPG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Age 24
Golden State Warriors
20.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.1 RPG

Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

Age 23
Denver Nuggets
12.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 0.9 BPG

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday

Age 22
Philadelphia 76ers
19.4 PPG, 9.0 APG, 4.2 RPG

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Age 19
New Orleans Hornets
13.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe

Age 22
Detroit Pistons
15.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 0.6 BPG

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Age 24
New Orleans Hornets
16.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 APG

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