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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
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
bigulcards added Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets
2
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Boston Celtics
3
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Boston Celtics
4
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
5
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
6
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers
7
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Tran Tai added Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons
8
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers
9
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves
10
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors
11
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets
12
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers
13
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics
14
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
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics
16
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks
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
Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets
19
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Los Angeles Lakers
20
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings
21
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks
22
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers
23
Dan Roundfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks
24
Charles Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
25
Jeff Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic