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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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2,692 761
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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1,847 753
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
1,660 692
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

4
1,874 813
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

5
1,771 701
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

6
1,022 504
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

7
961 702
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
641 425
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
628 396
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
755 463
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
714 398
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
578 343
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies

13
634 306
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

14
405 276
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

15
439 190
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis

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16
393 187
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

17
302 251
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
361 296
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
226 107
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors

20
257 280
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

21
288 259
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

22
337 226
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
271 227
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

24
357 309
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin

25
174 92
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns

26
309 239
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love

27
205 244
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

28
256 259
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

29
192 141
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

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196 161
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

31
254 292
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

32
241 266
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

33
144 112
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

34
118 93
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

35
172 234
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

36
82 111
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

37
94 50
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green

38
85 80
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

39
82 61
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
117 160
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

41
75 104
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

42
57 64
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

43
106 82
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz

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84 81
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

45
89 102
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
124 88
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

47
120 137
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
53 60
Jermaine O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jermaine O'Neal Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

49
46 47
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Derrick Coleman Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets

50
150 192
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History