athletes The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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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
Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. The 6-foot ...more

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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 - Karl Anthony Malone, nicknamed "The Mailman" is a retired American professional basketball power forward. He spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah ...more

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK ...more

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers Houston Rockets - Charles Wade Barkley is a retired American professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and ...more

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves - Kevin Garnett was born in May 19, 1976 in Maulding, SC. He's a professional basket player for the NBA's Boston Celtics Team. His career began when he was drafted (5th Draft) by the Minnesota ...more

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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 - Kevin Edward McHale is an American former professional basketball player, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and since May 2011 the head coach of the Houston Rockets. McHale began working for the ...more

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks - Robert Lee "Bob" Pettit Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the first recipient of the ...more

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons - Dennis Keith Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National ...more

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets Houston Rockets - Elvin Ernest Hayes is an American retired professional basketball player and radio analyst for his alma-mater Houston Cougars. He is a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, and an ...more

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Webber Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings Philadelphia 76ers - Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie of the ...more

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Shawn Kemp Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic Cleveland Cavaliers - Shawn Travis Kemp is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA Second ...more

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies - Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a three-time ...more

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers - Elgin Gay Baylor is a retired American basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 13 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers, ...more

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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 - Robert Allen "Bob" McAdoo is a retired American professional basketball player who spent a 14-year career playing the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball ...more

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks San Francisco Warriors - Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National Basketball ...more

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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 - James Ager Worthy is a retired American professional basketball player and current basketball commentator, television host, and analyst. Named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, ...more

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Anthony Davis Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and center ...more

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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers - LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Aldridge, a 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound power ...more

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Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Rasheed Wallace Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks Portland Trail Blazers - Rasheed Abdul "Sheed" Wallace is a retired American professional basketball forward who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more

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Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Blake Griffin Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks - David Albert DeBusschere was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 greatest ...more

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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 - Horace Junior Grant is a retired American basketball player. He attended and played college basketball at Clemson University, before playing professionally in the National Basketball Association, ...more

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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks - Larry Demetric Johnson is a retired American basketball player who spent his professional career in the National Basketball Association with the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. He was listed at ...more

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Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals - Adolph "Dolph" Schayes is a retired American professional basketball player and former coach in the NBA. A top scorer and rebounder, he was a member of the 1955 NBA champion Syracuse ...more

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Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors - Christopher Wesson "Chris" Bosh is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. A high school "Mr. ...more

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Love Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more

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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers - Robert Keith Horry Jr. is a retired American basketball player and current sports commentator. He played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning seven championships, the most of any ...more

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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 - Charles Oakley is a retired American professional basketball player. Oakley, a former power forward, was a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston ...more

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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 - William "Bill" Laimbeer, Jr. is an American retired National Basketball Association player who spent most of his career with the Detroit Pistons. Teaming with hall of fame backcourt guards ...more

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Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks - Zachary Randolph is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. The two-time NBA All-Star played college basketball ...more

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns - Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school basketball ...more

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Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers - Larry Donnell Nance is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 10 in forward from Clemson University, Nance played 13 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland ...more

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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 - Charles Linwood "Buck" Williams is a retired American professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was well known for his rebounding ability ...more

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Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks Los Angeles Lakers - Cornelius L. "Connie" Hawkins is an American former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player, Harlem Globetrotter, Harlem Wizard and New York City ...more

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Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz Philadelphia 76ers - Thomas Doane Chambers is a retired American NBA basketball player. Known for his strong shooting and high-flying dunks, Chambers played professionally from 1981 to 1997. At 6'10", he played at ...more

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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 - Elton Tyron Brand is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with first overall pick in the 1999 ...more

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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 - Robert Terrell "Terry" Cummings is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons as a power forward and occasional

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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 - Otis Henry Thorpe is a retired American professional basketball player who played for several teams in the National Basketball Association. He was an NBA All-Star in 1992 and won an NBA championship ...more

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers - LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lb, he has started at the ...more

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A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers - A. C. Green, Jr., is a retired American NBA basketball player who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the ...more

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers - Detlef Schrempf is a German-American retired professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies from 1981–1985, and was drafted into the National Basketball ...more

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Serge Ibaka Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Ibaka was drafted by the ...more

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Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Paul Silas Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics - Paul Theron Silas is a retired American professional basketball player and former NBA head coach. He attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most rebounds in three seasons ...more

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Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks Houston Rockets - Kevin Alvin Willis is a retired American professional basketball player mostly known for playing with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. ...more

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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Paul Millsap Utah Jazz - Paul Millsap is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. As a 6'8", 253 pound power forward from Louisiana Tech ...more

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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dan Issel Denver Nuggets - Daniel Paul "Dan" Issel is a retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, he was twice named an All ...more

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George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers Denver Nuggets - George F. McGinnis is an American retired professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association. He was drafted into the ABA ...more

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Jermaine O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jermaine O'Neal Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers - Jermaine Lee O'Neal is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. The 6 ft 11 in, 255 lb forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility ...more

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Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Al Jefferson Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves - Albus Ricardo "Al" Jefferson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played high school ...more

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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 - Clifford Ralph "Cliff" Robinson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 5 teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association.