The Greatest Power Forwards In NBA History

The Power Forward

Mount Rushmore of the Greatest Power Forwards

The power forward is referred to in playbook terms as the four position and is commonly abbreviated “PF”. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center in what is called the “post” or “low blocks”. They typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot. Some “natural” power forwards often play the center position and have the skills but lack the height that is associated with that position.


Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

“The Big Fundamental” Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time. The 1998 NBA Rookie of the Year, this proven clutch big man and winner led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA championships in 13 seasons and won three NBA Finals MVP awards in the process. He is a 15-time NBA All-Star and the only player ever to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams in every one of his first 13 seasons in the league. Tim Duncan is not flashy or box office, but he gets the job done. He already established himself as the greatest Spur of all-time.


Kevin McHale


Kevin McHale was incredibly effective in the post against the best defenders during his era due to his post moves, footwork, and freakishly long arms. Kevin McHale was the master of the up-and-under move that he would pivot quickly and faked a short jumper before dipping low and laying the ball into the basket with his opposite hand. He also shot the ball well from the field and foul line. Kevin McHale is a three-time NBA champion, seven-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He is one of the most beloved players in Boston Celtics’ history.


Karl Malone

Karl Malone

Karl Malone was a supremely athletic big man that could muscled his way to the basket and step out and hit the jumper. He scored the second most career points in NBA history with 36,928. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabaar scored more points than him. Malone was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 14-time NBA All-Star, and an 11-time member of the All-NBA first team. Nicknamed “The Mailman”, he often delivered in the regular season and helped lead his Utah Jazz team to playoff contention. Karl Malone is arguably the greatest Utah Jazz of all-time.


Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett was the most versatile power forward in NBA history. He can score from anywhere on the court like a shooting guard, defend any frontcourt position, rebound and block shots. In his prime, Kevin Garnett was one of the most exciting NBA players to watch. For 12 seasons, he was the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Boston Celtics where he eventually won an NBA championship in 2008. Kevin Garnett was the 2004 NBA Most Valuable Player, 15-time NBA All-Star, and the 2008 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

By Shamarie Knight, 9th Jun 2015


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