Best Power Forwards in NBA History


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1Tim DuncanTimothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

It's not about him... it's about the team. He's their leader and even when he's down in stats, he's still the leader.

Maybe the time when the Spurs had every play go via his hands and he led in the stats are dwindling, he is still (and was) a GREAT Power Forward.

As the end of a game, win or lose, he stays on the floor to knuckle-bump (or whatever) every team member as they come off.

In the twilight of his career he hears the "squeach" of "new kid" sneakers catching up with him.

Maybe this year will be another ring for him.

Greatest of all time, he averages 20 and 10 for his career, 22 and 11 for playoffs, better shot blocker, passer and rebounder than karl and kg.

shoot. he carry his team to FOUR championship. a DYNASTY! even charles barkley says he is the best pf of all time.

He's the greatest Power Forward of all time and top 15 of all time in general.

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2Karl MaloneKarl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The MailMan", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.

ZERO Rings. Greatness is different than skill. And that's what we are talking about when we rank players "ALL TIME". It's not a snapshot of how good they are in their prime, it's their careers, and what the accomplished as well. Mailman was a beast. Broke records, and is Number 2 all time in points. But with no rings, he is not number 1.

Everyone who ever saw Malone knows he's better than Duncan. Come on he had like a career 25 &10. All people are looking at is rings which is important but come on. Malone had the best post game of anyone in history outside of Hakeem. 2nd all time in career scoring!

Take Malone and Duncan's stats from head to head matchups... The Mailman takes little Timmy to school!

He was the greatest power forward.

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3Dirk Nowitzki

Who else achieved what he did in 2011 beating Kobe, Durant and LeBron to win the title and clearly being the best player in all of the 2011 playoffs, being so deadly in clutch situations, that it was enough for the Mavs to hang around for 3 quarters against closers like the above mentioned trio? If he had had a good center by his side for more than just one season, there would have been quite a few championship parades in Dallas and Dirk would be sitting higher on this list.

He revolutionized his position to where that "stretch-4" is right now, clutch, unstoppable 1-legged fade away shot. He can do lay-ups, mid-rang jumpers, 3-pointers and some dunks even at age 35! An offensive machine and most of all humble. Period.

There has never been an NBA Power Forward like Dirk Nowitzki. His shooting is definitely the best among the list of Power Forwards and he is the most clutch player out of the list. No question!

Dirk is one of the best shooting forwards.

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4Kevin GarnettKevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

Kevin Garnett is really in a league of his own, within every player in the NBA. He is the only person to ever average 20/10/5 for 6 consecutive seasons, he has 25000 points, and happens to be the ONLY player EVER to have that many points 10000+ rebounds 5000+ assists, and 1500+ on his steals and blocks.

Although he doesn't have 3+ rings which would probably put him ahead of Timmy for sure, there has to be something said about him not jumping ship like Lebron, and sticking with a terrible Timberwolves team. He literally carried that team, and if anyone remembers the 04 playoffs when he carried them to WCF, jesus christ. Kevin Garnett was the facilitator, rebounder, and best scorer for that Timberwolves team, and for that, wins a 04 MVP.

The guy has every accolade in the NBA, he has literally won nearly every piece of hardware available. MVP, 15x allstar, DPOY, Allstar MVP, All NBA and All defensive teams, 4x Rebounding Champion, Gold Medal, and his NBA '08 championship to ...more

One of the best all-round players of all time. He is an MVP, Defensive Player of the year, 14-time All-Star, 9-All NBA Selections, and had 10-All Defensive Selections. He is the only player in NBA History to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in 6 consecutive seasons, the Only player in NBA history to reach at least 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 4,000 assists, 1,200 steals and 1,500 blocks in his career and the fourth player in NBA history to win an MVP and Defensive Player of the Year award. He is also the only player to lead the league 5 consecutive times in defensive rebounding.

One of the greatest defensive players of all time and one of the most unselfish players ever. A one of a kind player..

Simply the most complete player at his position... EVER! He defends the post as well as the perimeter. He scores down low or from 20+. He's the best passing big man of his generation. He is an elite rebounder. He will never be out hustled. A leader in every sense of the word.

GOAT of power forwards!

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5Charles BarkleyCharles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

Greatest rebounder in NBA history for his height (6'4") and a great defender. The guy was a powerhouse and could rebound, shoot, drive, pass and lead.

Better numbers than Tim Duncan in every category except blocked shots. It just comes down to the rings. Give him rings and the conversation about greatest all-time changes. Still deserves to be Top 5 if not Top 3.

Dirk over Sir Charles is some kind of sick joke isn't it?

Got unlucky with bulls

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6Dennis Rodman

Come on he was a badass rebounder and was on mjs championship teams! Plus he was a badass so that helps

A boss crazy fun bulls bulls bulls bulls bulls

Dennis Rodman is the best power forward. His ability to frustrate...cajole opponents was brilliant to watch...ask karl malone.
But his defense n rebounding was great! The other four can score. Period.

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7Kevin McHale

He was basically unstoppable on offense and he was GREAT on defense. Having long arms helped a lot.

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8Bob Pettit

"Pettit was one of the early superstars and paved the way for all power forwards. He was a dominant force, lead one of only 2 teams to defeat Russell's celtics, the best player in the league in the mid to late 50s, and rivaled wilt and Russell in the early 60s as best in the league"

9Elvin Hayes

He was one of top 5, who could move over and play the, rebound, score, and defend with the best of them. He has been forgorgotten and he is very underrated. Check his history...

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10Chris Webber

Webber has the skill set that duncan has but never had a great coach or elite talent around him like duncan and without a ring I would put him around 6

Best God given talent at Power Forward. This ahead of him had great coaching to develop them

Webber would have been the greatest if it hadn't been for the refs, horry, and injury.

webber is the most skillful, smartest power forward ever played in nba

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11Larry BirdLarry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

Larry bird is at the least in the top 5 power forwards of all time. He was a three time MVP, twelve time NBA all star, three time NBA champion, and two time NBA Finals MVP. He is definitely in the top five. No doubt.

Larry legend deserves it. He was versatile and won the mvp award 3 times. He was a great passer and grabbed a lot of rebounds as well.

Your insane putting Bird 8th. Career averages of 25/10/and 6. 3 titles and 3 mvps. Top clutch shooter.

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12Julius Erving

Changed the game and shaped the modern NBA into what it is today. There is nothing more captivating than watching "The Doctor go to work! ". Watch his 'Rock the Baby' dunk on YouTube and you will see where Michael Jordan got his style. Best ABA player and one of the best NBA players to ever walk onto the Hardwood.

THIS DUDE IS A SMALL FORWARD TOO. How do you confuse this and barely anybody noticed too

Who said it, "the blueprint for todays Power Forwards". Master of the Dunk.

Small forward

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13Shawn Kemp
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15Chris BoshChristopher Wesson Bosh is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
16Blake Griffin

Great dunker

17Dave DeBusschere
18Amar'e Stoudemire
19Kevin LoveKevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
20Jermaine O'NealJermaine Lee O'Neal is an American former professional basketball player. The 6 ft 11 in, 255 lb forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft straight out of high school.
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