10 Best Power Forwards in Basketball History

The ten best power forwards in basketball history have helped to revolutionize the game, whether it was through offense or defense. They each made an impact and made their team better.

  1. Moses Malone. Malone is a member of the Hall of Fame and the original "from-high-school-to-the-pros" player. He played 21 years of professional basketball (2 in the ABA) and is the all-time leading offensive rebounder.
  2. Charles Barkley. "Sir Charles" is also a member of the Hall of Fame and became known as one of the game's most outspoken players. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. The only knock against him is that he never won a championship.
  3. Dennis Rodman. Beyond the hair and attitude, Dennis Rodman became one of the best rebounders of all time. For his career, he averaged over 13 rebounds per game, but had five seasons where he grabbed over 16 boards per game.
  4. Tim Duncan. Duncan is one of the most fundamentally sound and under appreciated players in the history of the NBA. He has won four NBA titles and averages 21 points and 11 rebounds per game in his career.
  5. Karl Malone. Another Malone on the list, and will soon become a fellow Hall of Famer. He is one of the game's 50 greatest players and scored at least 2,000 points in a season eleven straight years.
  6. Kevin Garnett. "The Kid" changed the power forward position in the NBA. Garnett was more agile than the typical power forward and could play more like a smaller player. He was one of the first high school players to go pro and have success.
  7. Dave DeBusschere. DeBusschere is a Hall of Famer who revolutionized the forward position. He found success with the Knicks where he won a championship.
  8. Kevin McHale. Another member of the Hall of Fame, McHale was a member of the great Boston Celtics teams. He has one of the best field goal percentages in NBA history at 55.4%.
  9. Bob Pettit. Pettit basically invented the power forward position. Before him, there were just forwards, but his style of play created new ideas about how the game should be played. He is also in the Hall of Fame.
  10. Dolph Schayes. Schayes played early in NBA history and remains one of the great players of all time. He was an All-star 12 times and won a championship with the Syracuse Nats.
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