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.
list ordered by

1
3,976 1,173
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
2,796 1,252
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
2,966 1,320
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

4
2,751 1,120
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

5
2,503 1,055
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,479 844
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
981 680
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

8
1,452 1,117
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

9
874 577
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,087 688
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
1,017 603
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

12
905 441
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

13
941 343
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

14
862 559
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

15
554 385
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
588 280
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

17
419 338
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

18
480 233
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

19
519 417
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

20
352 179
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

21
424 355
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

22
483 323
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

23
336 43
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

24
543 443
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers

25
318 376
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

26
362 317
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

27
474 334
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

28
260 304
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
232 156
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
326 328
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

31
281 215
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

32
173 128
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

33
320 357
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

34
257 203
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

35
302 331
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

36
211 134
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Golden State Warriors

37
295 170
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

38
198 281
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

39
112 17
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

40
186 84
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Los Angeles Lakers

41
132 96
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

42
134 28
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

43
120 144
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

44
156 115
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

45
148 184
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

46
89 91
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

47
113 105
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Denver Nuggets

48
150 156
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

49
101 127
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

50
114 129
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers