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The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    4,981
    1,443

    Tim Duncan

    San Antonio Spurs
  • 2
    4,068
    1,807
    Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 3
    3,177
    1,399
    Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets
  • 4
    3,700
    1,648

    Karl Malone

    Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 5
    3,551
    1,573

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 6
    1,669
    837
    mkeith.peel added

    Anthony Davis

    New Orleans Pelicans
  • 7
    1,698
    1,084

    Kevin McHale

    Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 8
    1,183
    742
    Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
  • 9
    1,063
    631
    Los Angeles Lakers
  • 10
    869
    531
    Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat
  • 11
    1,280
    820

    Shawn Kemp

    Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic
  • 12
    236
    18
    TRENT13 added

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks
  • 13
    1,118
    255

    Larry Bird

    Boston Celtics
  • 14
    1,335
    885
    Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings
  • 15
    1,186
    757

    Pau Gasol

    Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies
  • 16
    551
    326
    Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks
  • 17
    1,868
    1,291
    Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 18
    1,177
    814
    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • 19
    755
    427

    James Worthy

    Los Angeles Lakers
  • 20
    398
    118

    Moses Malone

    Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks
  • 21
    636
    442
    Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets
  • 22
    571
    394
    jawdon added

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Brooklyn Nets
  • 23
    705
    505
    jawdon addedDetroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers
  • 24
    621
    461

    Rasheed Wallace

    Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks
  • 25
    553
    405
    jawdon added

    Kevin Love

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves