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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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2,878 829
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

2
1,978 824
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
2,057 876
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

4
1,783 733
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

5
1,924 747
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

6
1,086 550
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

7
1,033 761
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

8
693 465
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
661 425
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
802 498
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Webber Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
758 438
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Shawn Kemp Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

12
629 380
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies

13
665 330
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

14
427 302
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

15
503 218
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis

16
318 266
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

17
422 206
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

18
387 312
Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Rasheed Wallace Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

19
270 126
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors

20
268 298
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

21
311 277
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

22
289 241
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

23
393 331
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin

24
355 247
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

25
195 109
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns

26
339 256
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love

27
219 256
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

28
270 272
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Oakley Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

29
207 158
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

30
254 281
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

31
161 121
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

32
267 308
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

33
204 170
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

34
177 245
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

35
129 103
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

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36
148 114
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

37
92 71
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

38
93 115
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

39
117 64
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green

40
84 16
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

41
123 169
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
GeorgeSchuller added Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

42
67 74
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

43
96 110
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

44
94 88
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

45
115 94
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz

46
89 87
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

47
103 56
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

48
129 142
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

49
78 111
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

50
59 68
Jermaine O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jermaine O'Neal Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers