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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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3,167 925
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

2
2,186 953
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
2,150 839
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

4
2,306 987
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks

5
2,004 811
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,201 633
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

7
1,158 859
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
769 531
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
718 470
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
885 544
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
825 488
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
699 437
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
740 357
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

14
627 246
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Anthony Davis

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

15
456 328
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
468 219
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

17
344 286
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

18
414 345
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
332 158
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors

20
346 296
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

21
396 265
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

22
282 323
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

23
434 360
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Blake Griffin

24
312 260
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

25
238 128
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns

26
379 273
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Kevin Love

27
230 271
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

28
289 286
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

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178 128
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
235 172
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Zach Randolph Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

31
273 290
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

32
223 175
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

33
283 320
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

34
144 20
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

35
144 109
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
180 255
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

37
191 134
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

38
140 85
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Draymond Green

39
105 79
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

40
100 125
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

41
131 173
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
130 96
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Paul Millsap Utah Jazz

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

43
73 80
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
slaft added George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

44
124 65
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

45
103 115
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

46
136 146
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

47
98 93
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Dan Issel Denver Nuggets

48
86 114
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

49
93 93
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

50
72 69
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