Top 10 Power Forwards In NBA History

There are many greats in the world of basketball, but you cannot just say any particular player is the greatest, position counts. Different players have rocked the rankings and the NBA spreads in different positions. 

So, that had us thinking, who are the top 10 power forwards in the history of the NBA? 

That is why we made this list to share with you who we think are the absolute legends 


Our Top 10

Our top 10 will be unlikely to surprise you, however, these are all players that are well worth mentioning, and as a basketball fan, we are sure you know why. 


#1. Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan scored himself 5 NBA titles, 3 Finals MVPs, 2 MVPs, 8 All-Defensive 1st Team selections, and 10 All-NBA 1st Team selections. He ranks 5th in blocking, 15th in scoring, 6th in rebounds, 162nd in steals, and 102nd in assists. 

He is a pretty low-maintenance type of superstar, he was both successful and made an impact on his team. He was always this way, from when he started his career until it ended. 

You could even say he was what anchored his team as the winningest of the century in a low-key way.


#2. Karl Malone

Karl Malone holds 2 MVPs, 11 All-NBA 1st team selections, 3 All-defensive 1st team selections, and 14 All-Stars. He scores 2nd in scoring, 11th in steals, 58th in assists, 7th in rebounds, and 69th in blocks. 

He was something of a model example of consistency over the years he played, which was for a 17-year stretch. Assist from his first season and last season he averaged at 26 points, which is a number most would love to have.

He was not perfect though, and he could’ve done with a ring or two on his resume.


#3. Kevin Garnett

Garnett left the NBA with 1 title, 1 MVP, 15 All-Stars, 9 All-Defensive 1st team selections, 9 All-NBA teams, and 1 Defensive Player of the Year award. He ranked 52nd in assists, 18th in scoring, and 9th in rebounds. 

Garnett was something of a special unicorn, he was the size of a center, but had the skills of a guard. He would bring down the ball before bigger men could do that. Taking his team to the playoffs all the time and never stopped scoring.


#4. Dirk Nowitzki

Nowitzki had 1 NBA title, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP, 12 All-NBA selections, and 14 All-Stars. He was 26 in rebounds, 52 in blocks, 150 in assists, 89 in steals, and 6 in scoring. 

He was a revolutionary player, down to his 3-pointers, and his prowess off-the-dribble. His elite levels of skill made thinking in the game change, and brought about the notion that if your big guys don’t space then you are running a disadvantage.


#5. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis had 1 Finals MVP, 2 MVPs, 1 NBA title, 3 All-NBA 1st Team selections, 1 Defensive Player of the Year award, 5 All-Stars, and 3 All Defensive 1st team selections. He was 232 in scoring, 217 in rebounds, and 150 in blocking. 

He is the ultimate rags-to-riches tale, he went from playing semi-pro to being the 15th pick of the draft. Let’s not forget all the MVP awards he won. 


#6. Charles Barkley

Barkley has 1 MVP, 1 All-NBA selections and the same amount of All-Stars. Ranking 126th in blocks, 203rd in assists, 27th in scoring, 26th in steals, and 19 in rebounds, he has quite the background behind him.

He was nicknamed as the ‘Round Mound of Rebound, he was very outspoken, but he was also a beast when it came to it, a legend as a scorer due to his strength and explosiveness when he was in his prime years. 

Still that ring always eluded him.


#7. Bob Pettit

Pettit managed to get 1 NBA title, 10 All-NBA 1st Teams, 11 All-Stars, and 2 MVPs. He was 18th in rebounds and 40th in scoring. 

He was the first ever player noted to reach a career point high of 20,000. This is enough to land him on our list. He was a smooth player for his era.


#8. Anthony Davis

David has got 1 NBA title, 8 All-Stars, 4 Defensive picks, and 4 All-NBA 1st teams. He ranks at 185th in rebounds, 182nd in scoring, and 42nd in blocking, 

It could all still change though, but he has already got his Hall of Fame credentials sorted out, and he still has many years to go! 


#9. Elvin Hayes

With 1 NBA title, 12 All-Stars, 2 All-defensive 2nd team picks, and 6 All-NBA selections, being 24th in blocks, 11th in scoring, and 4th in rebounds, we should have ranked Hayes higher.

He was strong on the defense, and had a master trademark for post game when defended by taller teammates. He was the ‘Bionic Man’ due to his relentlessness.


#10. Kevin McHale

Finally, with 2 NBA titles, 7 All-Stars, 2 Sixth Man of the Year awards, 1 All-NBA 1st teams, and 6 All-defensive selections, being 105th in rebounds, 90th in scoring, and 29th in blocks, we have McHale. 

He was best known for putting his opponents in the torture chamber, in which he would post up, making it hard for his opponents to defend. He was a king in history with his moves.