25 Greatest Power Forwards In NBA History

 

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
25 Greatest Power Forwards In NBA History

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game             Box Plus/Minus
20.1 8.9        5.0

Barring catastrophic injury, time will likely push Giannis to the top of this list. At the age of twenty-five, Giannis is already a two-time MVP and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Giannis continues to defy traditional wisdom which dictates that a reliable jump shot is necessary to compete at the highest level in the NBA.

4. Kevin Garnett
25 Greatest Power Forwards In NBA History

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game             Box Plus/Minus
17.8 10.0        5.6

The Big Ticket would become the prototype for how the power forward position was viewed. A ferocious competitor and relentless trash-talker, KG simply did not take possessions off. Effective on both ends of the court, Garnett was easily one of the best players of his generation.

3. Karl Malone
25 Greatest Power Forwards

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game             Box Plus/Minus
25.0 10.1        5.1

Currently Karl Malone is second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in terms of total points scored in an NBA career. Though he is unlikely to hold on to that spot for much longer, Karl Malone will obviously remain one of the most prolific and accomplished careers at his position.

 

2. Dirk Nowitzki

25 Greatest Power Forwards

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game             Box Plus/Minus
20.7 7.5        4.5

Nowitzki was for many years the ultimate typification of a stretch four. The highly accomplished power forward could get his shot over anyone and could score from practically anywhere on the court. Dirk would get an astounding fourteen All-Star selections to accompany his twelve All-NBA team selections.

 

1. Tim Duncan
25 Greatest Power Forwards

Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game             Box Plus/Minus
19.0 10.8        5.6

The only player on this list that has a legitimate argument for being one of the top ten greatest players regardless of position, Duncan was a truly special talent in the NBA. Between Duncan’s defensive acumen, basketball IQ, and impressive fundamentals, he was able to remain a high level threat on both ends of the court deep into his thirties.

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