Basketball 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
94 33
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
135 59
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Boston Celtics
3
114 47
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Boston Celtics
4
108 45
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers
5
62 29
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
6
32 17
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers
7
46 30
Tom Chambers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers
8
42 27
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors
9
39 26
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets
10
35 23
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
24 13
Sam Perkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers
12
36 25
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 25
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks
14
11 3
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Tran Tai added Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons
15
34 26
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers
16
36 29
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Los Angeles Lakers
17
26 19
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves
18
27 22
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets
19
17 14
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers
20
25 24
Maurice Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets
21
23 22
Otis Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings
22
15 18
Dan Roundfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks
23
17 21
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks
24
10 14
Charles Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
25
5 23
Jeff Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Forwards of the 80s
Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic