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.

1
3,677 1,083
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

2
2,736 1,193
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

3
2,588 1,154
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

4
2,323 961
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

5
2,535 1,013
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

6
1,401 765
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,363 1,029
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
912 630
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
808 539
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
1,003 625
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
935 558
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
843 407
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

13
805 514
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

14
818 302
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

15
510 363
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
542 252
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

17
387 313
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
479 383
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
421 201
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
394 332
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

21
309 157
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

22
448 303
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
306 356
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

24
343 295
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

25
502 417
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers

26
441 310
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

27
248 36
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

28
247 288
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
311 309
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Oakley Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

30
212 144
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

31
294 312
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

32
260 198
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

33
309 341
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

34
243 190
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

35
157 118
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

36
183 113
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

37
190 268
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

38
257 153
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

39
119 89
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
112 134
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

41
148 108
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

42
158 77
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

43
143 179
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

44
84 86
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

45
99 121
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

46
112 122
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

47
89 15
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

48
110 99
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

49
144 152
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

50
112 26
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors