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
4,267 1,249
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
3,020 1,356
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
3,235 1,433
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

4
2,681 1,125
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

5
2,947 1,196
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

6
1,571 886
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,552 1,178
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
1,033 722
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
933 620
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,154 738
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
1,084 643
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
936 585
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
945 474
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

14
1,038 389
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

15
585 408
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
445 359
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
627 304
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

18
554 438
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
533 265
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
382 204
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
450 374
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

22
404 60
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

23
508 346
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

24
575 463
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