Basketball The Best Power Forwards of the '60s  

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List Rules Vote up the best NBA power forwards that played in the 1960s

Power forward, or "the post," requires a strong, tall player to stand with their backs to the basket. They're a critical position, so here is a list of the best 60s power forwards for you to peruse! Check out this list of the best 60s NBA power forwards to find some of the toughest players to ever play the game! Vote for your favorite top 60s power forwards, and vote down the ones you don't think make the grade. Back in the 60s, the NBA was a different place than it is today. Back then it was truly a "man's game" and the players on this list exemplify that perfectly.

When thinking about the greatest NBA power forwards from the 60s, people like Bob Boozer and Paul Silas are always in the conversation. Tough, gritty, 1960s power forwards were greatly influential in how the game is played today.

So take a look at these top 1960s NBA power forwards and see who might be your favorite. Don't forget to vote for who you think the best power forwards of the 60s are!
list ordered by

1
50 9
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

2
36 8
Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Philadelphia Warriors

3
40 11
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

4
44 20
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

5
38 18
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

6
35 18
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

7
28 14
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

8
11 1
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Keith Yamamoto added Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

9
32 18
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Boston Celtics

10
29 16
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

11
26 14
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

12
19 10
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

13
15 7
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz

14
8 2
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Todd Naughton added Philadelphia 76ers

15
12 7
Chet Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals, Chicago Bulls

16
6 2
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Keith Yamamoto added Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Boston Celtics

17
17 14
Bob Boozer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

18
6 3
Happy Hairston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Keith Yamamoto added Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

19
11 9
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

20
10 8
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s

21
10 9
Rudy LaRusso is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors

22
8 7
Wayne Embry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

23
8 7
Johnny Kerr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Syracuse Nationals

24
8 7
Clyde Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors

25
14 15
Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '60s
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers