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.
Yes, lucky in a way (good coach, good team) around him.
All that in addition after David Robinson was leaving his career with the Spurs, Tim assisted them in a extended success San Antonio had never seen before.
Great all round multi-dimensional player top 3 power forward all time.
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.
Yes, Garnett was kinda the only player I like in NBA. Wo... No kidding his dunk is amazing with one hand. By far if he is only 28 now would be great. Bad news is that he is getting old. Now I remember that when I played 2k12, he got MVP and he yell really loud, it was really funny!
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!
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.
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!
One of the greatest scorers of all time. A pure machine. He can light it up from deep, hit any type of mid-range, and has great inside footwork. Scottie Pippen said himself that it is impossible to stop Dirk
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?
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.
Come on he was a badass rebounder and was on mjs championship teams! Plus he was a badass so that helps
Greatest rebounder ever.
He was best rebounder of all time
He was a awesome player
He was basically unstoppable on offense and he was GREAT on defense. Having long arms helped a lot.
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
"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.
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.
He was good but never played power forward ever
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.
He was a small forward
In his last year's he played power forward because McHale was out so he actually was a power forward get your facts straight
He is a small forward
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.