NBA Player Power Rankings: Top 10 Power Forwards in the NBA

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8. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) shoots the ball against the defense of San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Although post non-trade (NBA Commissioner David Sterns vetoed the Chris Paul to Lakers deal in 2011) Gasol has had his ups and downs, he is still an elite passer and can stretch the floor to 18 feet, clearing up lanes for whatever other bigs the Lakers happen to be playing down low.

In 2012-13, Gasol posted 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, which was a career low, but expect him to bounce back in 2013-14 when the load of the offense will go on his shoulders because of Kobe Bryant likely missing much of the season.

Although his brother, Marc Gasol, has passed him on the big man totem pole in the past year, Pau can still get it done on both ends of the court.

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