The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History Basketball Players
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The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1
    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward

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    Small forward, Power forward

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    most listed
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    Power forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    Small forward, Power forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward

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    Small forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward

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    Small forward, Power forward, Center

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    ranked low on reranks
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    Power forward

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Power forward, Center

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    added by wiabux
    Power forward, Center

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Small forward, Power forward

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Power forward, Center

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    + 103
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Power forward

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jawdon
    Power forward, Center

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jawdon
    Power forward

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    added by jawdon
    Power forward, Center

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    ranked low on reranks & added by mkeith.peel
    Power forward, Center

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    added by danmedsker
    Tom Chambers

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    Power forward, Center

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    added by GeorgeSchuller
    Terry Cummings

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    Power forward, Center

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    added by slaft
    Power forward

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    added by slaft
    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    added by wiabux
    Small forward, Power forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    added by slaft
    Small forward, Power forward

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    + 54
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    added by wiabux
    Power forward, Center

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    added by JohnWade
    Power forward

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    + 29
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    added by mkeith.peel
    Power forward, Center

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    new!
    Power forward, Center

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    added by danmedsker
    Spencer Haywood

  45. 45
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    Power forward

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    new!
    Power forward, Center

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  47. 47
    + 58
    - 209

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Small forward, Power forward

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  48. 48
    + 35
    - 25

    added by mkeith.peel
    Power forward, Center

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    + 17
    - 7

    added by devenharris24
    Power forward

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    + 31
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    added by NaroSlp
    Power forward, Center

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