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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 610
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    the people's #1
    Tim Duncan

    1976 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 411
    Down 169
    1963 More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 383
    Down 191

    most listed
    Dirk Nowitzki

    1978 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 355
    Down 174
    1963 More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 358
    Down 163
    1976 More
    87
  6. 6
    Up 253
    Down 109
    1957 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 162
    Down 110
    1945 More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 218
    Down 174
    1961 More
    73
  9. 9
    Up 145
    Down 95
    1932 More
    73
  10. 10
    Up 163
    Down 87
    1934 More
    65
  11. 11
    Up 167
    Down 94
    1969 More
    63
  12. 12
    Up 109
    Down 84
    1951 More
    62
  13. 13
    Up 155
    Down 117
    1973 More
    61
  14. 14
    Up 196
    Down 75

    ranked low on reranks
    Bill Russell

    1934 More
    58
  15. 15
    Up 85
    Down 101
    1940 More
    55
  16. 16
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    Down 82
    1940 More
    54
  17. 17
    Up 52
    Down 88

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dolph Schayes

    1928 More
    48
  18. 18
    Up 78
    Down 70
    1957 More
    46
  19. 19
    Up 89
    Down 101
    1974 More
    46
  20. 20
    Up 70
    Down 97
    1970 More
    45
  21. 21
    Up 70
    Down 95
    1963 More
    45
  22. 22
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    Down 82
    1960 More
    45
  23. 23
    Up 64
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    1980 More
    44
  24. 24
    Up 64
    Down 78
    1969 More
    44
  25. 25
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    Down 51
    1965 More
    42
    added by: wiabux
  26. 26
    Up 39
    Down 20
    1961 More
    41
  27. 27
    Up 30
    Down 22
    1988 More
    36
    added by: jawdon
  28. 28
    Up 26
    Down 31
    1989 More
    35
    added by: jawdon
  29. 29
    Up 26
    Down 29

    Terry Cummings

    32
    added by: GeorgeSchuller
  30. 30
    Up 18
    Down 26
    1985 More
    31
    added by: jawdon
  31. 31
    Up 39
    Down 47
    1943 More
    31
    added by: wiabux
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    Up 11
    Down 20
    1989 More
    30
  33. 33
    Up 9
    Down 14
    1952 More
    28
    added by: JohnWade
  34. 34
    Up 47
    Down 36

    Tom Chambers

    28
    added by: danmedsker
  35. 35
    Up 6
    Down 5
    1963 More
    24
  36. 36
    Up 6
    Down 5
    1959 More
    24
  37. 37
    Up 32
    Down 44

    Spencer Haywood

    23
    added by: danmedsker
  38. 38
    Up 32
    Down 127

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lamar Odom

    1979 More
    22
  39. 39
    Up 30
    Down 48
    1966 More
    22
    added by: wiabux
  40. 40
    Up 21
    Down 117
    1986 More
    21
    added by: liljoewheel
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