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
3,861 1,144
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
2,711 1,220
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
2,878 1,280
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

4
2,679 1,089
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

5
2,438 1,025
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,448 814
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,419 1,082
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
950 662
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
849 561
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,046 669
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
984 590
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
878 429
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

13
894 324
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

14
841 545
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
537 376
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
569 268
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

17
405 327
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
501 404
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

19
454 221
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
338 168
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
409 349
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

22
471 311
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

23
315 370
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

24
303 40
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

25
523 435
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers

26
356 308
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
461 324
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

28
256 299
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
226 150
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
320 319
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

31
274 208
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

32
168 123
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
301 322
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

34
316 351
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

35
251 196
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

36
203 125
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Golden State Warriors

37
194 276
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

38
280 164
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

39
129 93
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

40
175 83
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Los Angeles Lakers

41
102 16
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

42
118 139
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

43
152 111
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

44
124 27
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

45
145 181
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
87 88
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
112 101
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Denver Nuggets

48
146 154
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
101 123
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
113 125
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