First of all, let's get a few things straight about this list.
This is not a list of the best power forwards in the game. This is not a list predicting who will be the best power forward in 2012. This is not even a list about which power forward has won the most or posted the best stats for their careers.
This is a list about picking from the current crop of NBA power forwards—young and old—to see who are going to leave behind the most impressive legacies.
There is no formula I created, there is not any particular way I picked these players other than using my basketball knowledge and looking at what each player has done and will likely do in their careers.
Some may have already won multiple championships; some may never. That's not the point.
Power forward is an incredibly difficult position to play. Men at the four must be rare physical specimens. Tall (typically at least 6'9"), lengthy, powerful, physical and talented, power forwards must be able to score in all manners, open lanes for other players, be responsible for beating oftentimes larger centers for rebounds, and in many cases, they must shoulder their teams.
Most will argue—myself included—that the court general is the point guard. I would argue, however, that the power forward is the most important position on the floor.
Let's take a look at some of the best in the game, ranking them by potential or already well-established legacies they're going to leave behind.