Best Power Forwards in NBA History
The Top Ten
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.
Tim Duncan is definitely the greatest power forward in NBA history. Throughout his career, he won 5 NBA Championships, 3 NBA Finals MVP's, and 2 NBA MVP's. He was the face of the Spurs franchise and was always a quiet, humble player who focused on being a great teammate and an amazing role model and leader for younger players. Tim had a long, successful career and was the only NBA player to win NBA Championships in 3 different decades.
Timmy deserves to be called the BEST POWER FORWARD OF ALL TIME! Since the first time he stepped onto an NBA court, he's helped the Spurs make the playoffs consistently and a force to be reckoned with in the West. And he's the most coachable star player ever. Dude never let his ego get in the way. That's what makes him special.
Stats and rings make him # 1 however if others on this list played in his spot they could take #1, I can imagine KG could have won as many or more on those Spurs teams with that coach. I find it funny that people often discount the time they played, the team as a whole and the coach. How many rings would King James have if he was loyal like KG and stayed?
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..
Kevin Garnett is seldom remembered for his two-way dominance back on the Minnesota Timberwolves but more often remembered for being an offensive option and defensive presence in the Celtics' two Finals appearances and championship. However, the numbers he put up on those Timberwolves teams make him better than Karl Malone. In his prime (from 1999-00 to 2006-07), he averaged 22.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals on a 49.3 FG%, 29.3 3P%, and 79.2 FT% with a 55.1 TS%, 25.2 PER, and A.213 winshares per 48 minutes, not to mention an offensive rating of 112 and defensive rating of 98. While he was a great offensive player, his defense is second to only to Tim Duncan on this list. Anyways, his two-way play also puts him above Malone, and makes him the third greatest power forward of all-time. While it can be asked why he isn't better than Dirk Nowitzki, it comes down to Dirk being the only player to have such unstoppable offensive production through such a long ...more
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
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.
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!
Malone has much better lifetime stats that Tim D...even this year, Timmy D isn't even ranked in the top 5 power forwards in the league. He does deserve to be top 5, but Malone has the career accolades and stats to be #1.
Tim duncan has the better TEAM accomplishments, but pound 4 pound Malone is way better than duncan hands down! It's not even debatable. Plus duncan played 4 yrs of college and 8yrs in the NBA at the Center position. He's not even a true PF...so this is null and void! Mailman the best PF in history!
Dirk Nowitzki was easily more offensively potent than Karl Malone, able to be the #1 option for an entire decade for the Mavericks. Also, he wasn't the product of an effective system run by a great coach like Jerry Sloan and a product of a Hall of Fame point guard like John Stockton. In fact until Rajon Rondo arrived this year, the best point guards he played with were a pre-prime Steve Nash, a past-prime Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry. In fact, the only reason Tim Duncan is better than Dirk Nowitzki is because of his two-way play while Dirk was only great on offense. However, consider that through 14 seasons (from 2000-01 to 2013-14), he averaged 23.6 points and 8.4 rebounds on 47.9 FG%, 38.7 3P%, and a 88.3 FT% with a 58.5 TS%, 24.2 PER and A.218 winshares per 48 minutes. His incredible longevity, great offensive production, and ability to carry a team to a championship is what makes him the second greatest power forward all-time. - Supah nova
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.
I am ok with four (sarcastic).. Come on guys led the mavs to 12 straight playoff apperance, member of the prestigious 50-40-90 club together with larry bird, reggie miller, steve nash and mark price, 11x nba all star, 10x all nba team, nba MVP, finals MVP, a nba champion with him being a lone star, one of the 4 players to average 25ppg and 10rpg in the playoffs, beat a team with 3 allstars in it ; lebron, wade and bosh. He also swept kobe bryant and pau gasol.
Check the head to head stats with kg and dirk. Kg had to guard someone else or be on the bench with foul trouble. Karl couldn't guard a young dirk either. Check playoff history. Duncan is king because of the rings, but he is a center that had a genius coach that paired him with a second center to great tactical advantage. Bird isn't getting his props here either nor elvin hayes.
Charles Barkley was the most talented power forward all-time, with arguably the most offensively potent peak, despite being 6'4. In his prime (from 1986-87 to 1990-91), he averaged 26.0 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks with a 58.6 FG%, 24.5 3P%, and a 74.7 FT%. This isn't even mentioning his 65.5 TS%, 27.1 PER, and.249 winshares per 48 minutes during this time. Did I forget to add that he had an offensive rating of 125 through his prime? Nowadays, he's on talk shows supporting unjust law enforcment including the officer that killed Michael Brown over a punch or the one who put Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold because he was selling cigarettes, but his incredible statline at the power forward position despite being incredibly undersized will always be remembered. - Supah nova
When I look back at the PF Position I don't think of Tim Duncan...Karl Malone...even Dirk. I think about the people who made this position the way it supposed to be Charles Barkley is a example. He played like a madman and is a all-time great player. You can also add Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett, Dennis Rodman, Chris Webber... I could go on and on and on. I want a PF to be in your face grit and grind leader not what it is becoming now. Nobody wants to see a 6"10 guy shoot a three.
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.
Charles Barkley was a beast. At 6 foot 4 he was one of the greatest rebounders ever (11.4 rebounds per game in entire career). If it weren't for MJ and injuries towards the end, he would have definitely won a few championship rings.
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.
Come on he was a badass rebounder and was on mjs championship teams! Plus he was a badass so that helps
He was best rebounder of all time
Greatest rebounder ever.
He was basically unstoppable on offense and he was GREAT on defense. Having long arms helped a lot.
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 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
webber is the most skillful, smartest power forward ever played in nba
"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"
Okay, lets get something strait here. Draymond Green is way better than Kevin Love. I'm not saying Kevin Love is bad, ut Draymond is better
Should be at least #10!
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...
He is waaay to underrated
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.
Who said it, "the blueprint for todays Power Forwards". Master of the Dunk.
He was good but never played power forward ever
He's 6'6, not a power forward
Career was dominate but lacked play off success & career not as long as some others. Bird most dominate stretch isn't add long add others also
Bro! He is the best!
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.
Sorry, but Bird was predominately a SF. I don't mean to be a jerk.
He is the best dunking player to ever play
Just as stupid as putting David Lee, Draymond Green or Kevin Love on the list. HAVE A CAREER FIRST! Aldridge and Love may be in the top 20 someday but it's way too early in their careers to even be mentioned top 25 or even 30. Bird and the Dr. would be considered small forwards by most standards. Elvin Hayes not being top 5 is criminal. Where the hell is Bob McAdoo & Maurice Lucas?
Bob McAdoo was a center and elvin hayes is NOT top 5
I'm Serbian but I respect Toni because he's a legend
Played with MJ. Croatian. Great 3 ball. 6'10. Fancy dribbling.