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
3,778 1,118
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

2
2,648 1,194
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
2,815 1,244
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks

4
2,616 1,054
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets

5
2,390 1,002
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

6
1,429 796
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

7
937 652
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

8
1,394 1,063
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

9
839 552
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

10
1,027 657
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

11
968 580
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
865 420
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

13
827 533
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
868 315
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added New Orleans Pelicans

15
527 372
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

16
558 263
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

17
398 323
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
494 397
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
444 215
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

20
405 343
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

21
328 163
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
465 307
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Portland Trail Blazers

23
313 365
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

24
518 429
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
350 304
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
wiabux added Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

26
456 318
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
jawdon added Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

27
286 39
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

28
255 295
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

29
221 149
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
314 317
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

31
271 203
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks

32
298 319
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

33
314 347
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
164 121
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

35
249 194
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
196 116
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Golden State Warriors

37
193 273
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
272 161
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
123 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
116 138
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
171 81
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Los Angeles Lakers

42
151 109
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
145 180
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
87 87
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
111 100
Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
mkeith.peel added Denver Nuggets

46
95 16
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

47
146 153
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
danmedsker added Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

48
113 124
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

49
99 123
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
119 27
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History
Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors