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
3,877 1,148
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
2,722 1,227
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
2,690 1,093
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

4
2,891 1,287
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

5
2,451 1,031
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,453 820
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
1,423 1,087
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
956 666
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
855 563
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,050 675
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
991 593
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
885 431
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

13
902 329
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

14
847 548
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls

15
541 377
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
572 270
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

17
407 330
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
503 407
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
458 224
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
339 171
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
413 351
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

22
473 316
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

23
316 372
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

24
526 438
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
306 43
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

26
357 311
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

27
463 327
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

28
257 300
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
227 151
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
322 321
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

31
275 211
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

32
169 124
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

33
316 353
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
301 324
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

35
251 198
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

36
205 127
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Golden State Warriors

37
283 164
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

38
195 276
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

39
130 93
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
177 83
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Los Angeles Lakers

41
104 16
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

42
118 141
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

43
126 27
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

44
152 113
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

45
146 181
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

46
88 89
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

47
112 102
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Denver Nuggets

48
147 154
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

49
101 124
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

50
113 126
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers