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List Rules Only players who played power forward for most of their career.

The greatest power forwards in NBA history are listed here on this list of the best power forwards of all time, ranked by loyal NBA fans. The list of top NBA power forwards ever rank among the top NBA players ever and includes some of the best current NBA players.

What makes a great power forward? The best power forwards are quick, versatile, hard-working, rebound and shooting machines. They can sink shots from near and far, and they do it all while making their acts of extreme athleticism seem effortless. But when it comes down to choosing the top power forward from a pool that includes Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan, is it even possible to single out one athlete as the greatest power forward in NBA history?

Who are the best power forwards in NBA history? What skills do the greatest power forwards have? Are power forwards the best players in the NBA? This greatest power forwards list takes the opinions of NBA fans and attempts to name one man the greatest NBA power forward in history. If your favorite NBA player isn't on the list, make sure to add him so others can vote for him in the quest to pick the best power forward ever.
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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Shawn Kemp Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Webber Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies

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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Rasheed Wallace Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

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Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

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Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Oakley Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

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Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

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Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

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Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

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Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

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Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

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A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

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George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Paul Millsap Utah Jazz

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Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

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Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Paul Silas Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

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Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

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Cliff Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cliff Robinson Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets