NBA 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
4,820 1,420
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs
2
3,444 1,549
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
3
3,000 1,257
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets
4
3,743 1,659
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks
5
3,346 1,359
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets
6
1,706 1,014
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets
7
1,148 821
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets
8
1,727 1,325
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
1,044 702
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
10
1,299 822
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers
11
1,218 719
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
1,262 474
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans
13
1,058 662
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls
14
1,026 531
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers
15
639 466
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves
16
688 305
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat
17
701 354
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers
18
490 402
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors
19
576 91
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics
20
606 484
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers
21
434 239
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks
22
489 402
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks
23
644 496
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers
24
567 376
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers
25
349 419
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks