80s sports The Best Power Forwards of the 80s  

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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 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!
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1
101 43
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

2
68 22
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
bigulcards added Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

3
83 33
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Karl Malone Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

4
86 36
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Kevin McHale Boston Celtics

5
48 17
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

6
25 11
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
A. C. Green Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

7
37 22
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Tom Chambers Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

8
33 21
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Charles Oakley Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

9
33 21
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Bill Laimbeer Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

10
28 17
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Horace Grant Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

11
31 20
Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Terry Cummings Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics

12
21 11
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Michael Jordan XII added Tim Duncan

13
31 21
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Elvin Hayes Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets

14
22 14
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Bob McAdoo Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves

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15
28 20
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Buck Williams Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

16
23 16
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Kevin Willis Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

17
29 22
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

18
14 9
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

19
16 11
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Sam Perkins Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers

20
29 25
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

21
20 20
Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Maurice Lucas Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

22
14 15
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Jack Sikma Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

23
18 20
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Otis Thorpe Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings

24
11 14
Dan Roundfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dan Roundfield Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks

25
6 11
Charles Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

26
4 17
Jeff Turner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Jeff Turner Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic

27
2 18
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Michael Jordan XII added Kristaps Porzingis