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
4,531 1,335
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
3,507 1,557
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

3
2,826 1,186
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

4
3,221 1,454
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

5
3,145 1,277
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

6
1,637 948
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,624 1,243
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

8
1,079 775
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
978 663
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,215 779
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
1,144 675
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
1,135 428
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

13
994 623
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
979 504
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

15
606 436
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
663 327
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

17
620 283
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

18
464 384
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
489 74
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

20
583 464
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
408 219
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
464 390
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

23
538 360
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

24
606 477
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
332 405
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks