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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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1,793 713
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
1,804 786
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

4
1,605 672
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

5
1,698 672
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

6
994 481
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

7
930 680
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

8
622 409
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

9
612 383
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
696 385
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

11
729 453
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

12
622 293
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

13
548 336
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies

14
394 267
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

15
415 183
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis

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378 181
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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296 245
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

18
353 292
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

19
254 274
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

20
283 251
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

21
209 101
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors

22
267 223
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

23
328 223
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

24
349 304
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin

25
166 91
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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303 233
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love

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200 240
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

28
254 254
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

29
240 259
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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251 289
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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186 138
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

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194 158
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

33
171 231
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

34
140 111
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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111 92
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

36
74 110
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

37
115 159
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

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73 102
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

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84 78
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

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80 60
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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89 99
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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55 63
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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84 49
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green

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101 81
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz

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81 81
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

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146 190
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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103 146
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Paul Silas Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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50 59
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

49
108 145
Cliff Robinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Cliff Robinson Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

50
117 136
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics