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Gary Gramling

NBA Positional Rankings: Centers

You can't go wrong with either, really.

1. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic: He's in a legendary battle with the red-hot Tim Duncan for the top spot, but Superman's unbelievable outing on Tuesday night -- 45 points, 19 rebounds, 8 blocks -- sealed his spot at Number 1 (for now).

2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: Who does this guy think he is challenging Dwight Howard, Krypto-Nate? Big Fun is playing his best ball on the offensive end in years, averaging 22.1 points to go along with 11.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 blocks. If the Spurs keep playing him 35-to-40 minutes per night (instead of the 30-to-35 he usually gets), he'll have a real shot at overtaking Howard.

3. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers: He sneaks under the radar while playing in Kobe's shadow, but Gasol has been great across the board lately. Over his past 15 games, he's averaging 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

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Gary Gramling

NBA Positional Rankings: Forwards

1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: He continues to post numbers that are just stupid. King James now leads the NBA in scoring. But he couldn't top Sun Yue in our poll of the league's best taco maker (but then again, who can?).

2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: He just continues to torch the nets. Since January 1, Durant is tied with LeBron with a league-leading 29.6 points per game. And scarier still, Durant is only 11 years old! (Okay, he's 20... but that's still very young).

3. Stephen Jackson, Golden State Warriors: Jackson continues to pile up huge numbers as he plays a ton of minutes for the run-and-gun Warriors. Since returning from a hamstring injury last month, Jackson is averaging 23.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.7 steals.

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