NBA The Best Power Forwards of the '70s  

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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 70s power forwards for you to peruse! Check out this list of 1970s power forwards to find some of the toughest players in the game! Vote for your favorite top 70s power forwards, and down vote the ones you don't think make the grade. 

When thinking about the greatest NBA power forwards from the 70s, people like Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, and Connie Hawkins are always in the conversation. The best 70s NBA power forwards were greatly influential in how the game is played today and this list of the best 70s NBA PFs, like Dave Debusschere, remind you that these were some truly tremendous players.

So take a look at this top 1970s NBA power forwards and vote for your favorites!

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47 14
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

2
34 6
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

3
30 8
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

4
26 7
Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Spencer Haywood Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

5
32 16
Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Maurice Lucas Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

6
24 10
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

7
27 13
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Dave DeBusschere Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

8
22 9
George McGinnis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
George McGinnis Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

9
18 8
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Dave Cowens Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

10
21 11
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Nate Thurmond Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

11
23 14
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

12
13 6
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Bobby Jones Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

13
19 16
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Paul Silas Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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16 13
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

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11 9
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Jack Sikma Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

16
10 8
Dan Roundfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Dan Roundfield Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks

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10 9
Bill Bridges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Bill Bridges Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

18
1 0
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Todd Naughton added Gus Johnson Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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1 0
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Todd Naughton added Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

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1 1
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Todd Naughton added Willis Reed New York Knicks

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4 9
Gar Heard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Gar Heard Phoenix Suns, Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers

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4 9
Sidney Wicks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Sidney Wicks Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers

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3 10
Lonnie Shelton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the '70s
Lonnie Shelton Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks