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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.
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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands
2
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward from W├╝rzburg, Germany
3
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward from Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America
4
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward from Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
5
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Leeds, Alabama
6
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Hibbing, Minnesota, United States of America
7
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois
8
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward from Elkhart, Indiana
9
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America
10
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
11
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Barcelona, Spain
12
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
13
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
14
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward from Dallas, Texas, United States of America
15
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Rayville, Louisiana
16
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Small forward from Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America
17
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America
18
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina
19
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Power forward from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Lake Wales, Florida, United States of America
21
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Power forward and Center from Dallas, Texas
22
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Middletown, Ohio
24
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Power forward from Tyler, Texas, United States of America
25
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America