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
4,278 1,252
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
3,032 1,359
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
3,249 1,438
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

4
2,959 1,198
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

5
2,686 1,128
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,575 888
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,555 1,183
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
1,033 724
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
933 623
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,156 741
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
1,084 646
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
939 588
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

13
1,042 392
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

14
947 478
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

15
585 412
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
446 361
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

17
629 305
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

18
543 265
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

19
556 440
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

20
383 206
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
450 375
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

22
407 62
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

23
508 348
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

24
576 464
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
326 390
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks