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
3,708 1,099
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
2,609 1,166
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
2,345 974
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

4
2,758 1,210
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

5
2,562 1,028
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

6
1,415 775
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,374 1,039
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
921 636
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
818 543
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,010 637
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
944 566
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
852 412
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

13
814 522
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

14
837 308
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

15
515 366
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
549 255
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

17
392 316
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
484 385
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
428 204
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
399 333
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

21
314 159
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks

22
452 304
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

23
308 358
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

24
346 296
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

25
505 422
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
448 311
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

27
262 36
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

28
250 291
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
217 145
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
312 311
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

31
296 313
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

32
263 200
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

33
312 342
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

34
244 193
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

35
159 120
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

36
190 113
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Golden State Warriors

37
191 271
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
263 156
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
120 90
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
113 136
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

41
163 79
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Los Angeles Lakers

42
149 108
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

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

44
85 86
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

45
93 15
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

46
113 122
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

47
99 121
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

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

49
114 26
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

50
144 152
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics