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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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3,298 965
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

2
2,423 1,040
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

3
2,300 1,010
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

4
2,258 885
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

5
2,090 860
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
1,249 669
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

7
1,213 909
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
811 558
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
738 492
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
914 570
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
849 510
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
762 369
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

13
722 460
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
678 258
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

15
466 340
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
481 229
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

17
353 295
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
360 168
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors

19
425 359
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Rasheed Wallace Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

20
356 312
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
413 277
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

22
287 339
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

23
452 378
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin

24
255 140
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns

25
319 277
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

26
401 286
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love

27
238 277
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

28
294 293
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

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

29
187 135
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
174 26
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

31
242 184
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

32
280 298
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

33
290 328
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
226 184
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
146 114
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

The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

36
182 259
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

37
154 94
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green

38
107 83
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

39
215 140
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

40
105 128
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

41
135 174
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

42
133 100
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

43
133 69
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

44
74 82
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
106 116
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

46
89 115
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

47
138 148
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

48
100 95
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

49
94 95
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

50
73 75
Jermaine O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jermaine O'Neal Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers