The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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
    1
    San Antonio Spurs
  • Larry Bird
    2
    Boston Celtics
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    3
    Milwaukee Bucks
  • Kevin Garnett
    4
    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets
  • Dirk Nowitzki
    5
    Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Karl Malone
    6
    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Charles Barkley
    7
    Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Moses Malone
    8
    Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Anthony Davis
    9
    New Orleans Pelicans
  • Elgin Baylor
    10
    Los Angeles Lakers
  • Kevin McHale
    11
    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets
  • James Worthy
    12
    Los Angeles Lakers
  • Bob Pettit
    13
    Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
  • Chris Webber
    14
    Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Chris Bosh
    15
    Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat
  • Wilt Chamberlain
    16
    Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors
  • Dennis Rodman
    17
    Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons
  • Shawn Kemp
    18
    Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Elvin Hayes
    19
    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets
  • Pau Gasol
    20
    Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls
  • Bob McAdoo
    21
    Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    22
    Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Rasheed Wallace
    23
    Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Ben Wallace
    24
    Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Blake Griffin
    25
    Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers