80s Sports The Best Power Forwards of the 80s  

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List Rules Vote up the best NBA power forwards that played in the 1980s

Power forward, or "the post," requires a strong, tall player to stand with their backs to the basket. They're a critical position, so this is a list of the best 80s power forwards for you to peruse! Check out this list of 1980s power forwards to find some of the toughest players in the game! Vote for your favorite top 80s power forwards, and down vote the ones you don't think make the grade.  

When  thinking about the greatest NBA power forwards from the 80s, people like Larry Nance, Charles Oakley and Kevin Willis are always in the conversation. And, of course, you can't talk about the best 80s NBA power forwards without bringing up Larry Bird, and this list of the best NBA PFs 80s, like Otis Thorpe, will remind you that these were some truly great players. 

So take a look at this top 1980s NBA power forwards and vote for your favorites! Then take a look at some of our other sports lists to see the best of the best!
list ordered by

1
119 50
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Boston Celtics

2
97 38
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

3
81 28
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
bigulcards added Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

4
102 42
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Boston Celtics

5
55 23
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

6
39 21
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

7
29 14
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

8
37 22
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

9
40 25
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

10
32 19
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

11
32 20
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

12
33 21
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

13
34 24
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

14
20 11
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers

15
24 15
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Michael Jordan XII added

16
24 15
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

17
26 17
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

18
31 23
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

19
33 26
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Los Angeles Lakers

20
14 11
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

21
23 21
Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

22
3 0
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Tran Tai added Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

23
19 21
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

24
15 17
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

25
13 15
Dan Roundfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks

26
8 11
Charles Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

27
5 18
Jeff Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic

28
3 23
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Michael Jordan XII added