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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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    most listed Power forward

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    ranked low on reranks Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Power forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Power forward, Center

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    ranked low on reranks Small forward

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

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    added by jawdon Power forward, Center

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    added by jawdon Power forward

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    added by jawdon 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 wiabux Small forward, Power forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    added by JohnWade Power forward

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    added by danmedsker Tom Chambers

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    Power forward, Center

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

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

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    Power forward, Center

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    added by danmedsker Spencer Haywood

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    added by wiabux Power forward, Center

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    often listed & added by liljoewheel Small forward, Power forward

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    added by mkeith.peel Power forward, Center

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    added by NaroSlp Power forward, Center

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    added by mkeith.peel Power forward, Center

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    new! & added by EliasOmarEsgdaille Roy Tarpley Power forward, Center

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    added by NaroSlp Power forward, Center

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    added by mkeith.peel Small forward, Power forward

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