Basketball 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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3,661 1,078
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

2
2,575 1,147
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
2,716 1,186
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

4
2,525 1,008
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

5
2,310 959
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,397 759
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,357 1,023
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
907 628
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
803 537
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
999 622
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

11
930 557
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

12
840 405
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

13
801 513
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

14
814 297
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

15
507 362
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
538 251
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

17
384 313
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
477 382
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
417 200
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
389 332
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
307 156
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

22
446 302
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

23
304 356
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

24
340 295
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

25
497 417
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers

26
438 309
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

27
244 35
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

28
246 286
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
308 309
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Oakley Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

30
209 144
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

31
292 311
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

32
258 196
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

33
307 340
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

34
241 190
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

35
155 118
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
178 111
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

37
187 268
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

38
254 152
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

39
117 88
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

40
111 134
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

41
157 76
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

42
142 179
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

43
146 108
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

44
83 86
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

45
98 121
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

46
110 122
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

47
109 99
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

48
87 15
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

49
111 25
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

50
143 152
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