The Top 10 NBA Power Forwards of All-Time
The new era of pick-and-rolls has come. Since the likes of Stockton-Malone and Nash-Stoudemire, the new core of the Utah Jazz, boasted by one of the premier power forwards in the league, Carlos Boozer, the Jazz has one of the best frontcourt in the NBA.
It's time to list down the Top 10 Power Forwards of All-Time. (Once again, according the ESPN.com's NBA experts)
Post-moves, rebounding, blocked shots. You name them, they had (or still have) them.
Honarable Mentions - The Next 5.
Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns 2002-present)
4-time All-Star, NBA Rookie Of The Year (2003)
21.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.4 APG.
Chirs Webber (Golden State Warriors 1993-1994 2008, Washington Bullets 1994-1997, Sacramento Kings 1998-2005, Philadelphia 76ers 2005-2007, Detroit Pistons 2007)
5-time All-Star, NBA Rookie Of The Year (1994)
20.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.2 APG.
Dennis Rodman (Detroit Pistons 1986-1993, San Antonio Spurs 1993-1995, Chicago Bulls 1995-1998, Los Angeles Lakers 1999, Dallas Mavericks 2000)
2-time All-Star, NBA Defensive POY (1990, 1991)
7.3 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 1.8 APG.
Dolph Schayes (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers 1948-1964)
18.5 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 3.1 APG.
Horace Grant (Chicago Bulls 1987-1994, Orlando Magic 1994-1999 2001-2003, Seattle Supersonics 1999-2000, Los Angeles Lakers 2000-2001 2003-2004)
11.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.2 APG.
#10 - Dirk Nowitzki.
Teams: Dallas Mavericks (1999-present)
Honors: 8-time All-Star, MVP (2007)
No power forward dead or alive could keep him from dropping 20. Maybe Rodman. Best shooting big man ever … and he can drive and dunk it like a swinger. Another revolutionary, like Malone.
Career Stats: 22.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.0 BPG, 0.9 SPG.
#9 - Buck Williams.
Teams: New Jersey Nets (1981–1989), Portland Trail Blazers (1989-1996), New York Knicks (1996-1998)
Honors: 3-time All-Star, 1982 NBA Rookie Of The Year.
Buck played 17 seasons with three teams and was one of the toughest, hard-nosed leaders of his era. Like Garnett, he came to play every single night. Buck is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in New Jersey Nets history and helped the Blazers get to the Finals in 1990.
Career Stats: 12.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.8 BPG, 0.8 SPG.
#8 - Dave DeBusschere.
Teams: Detroit Pistons (1962-1969), New York Knicks (1968-1974)
Titles: 2 (1970, 1973)
Honors: 8-time All-Star, Hall Of Fame
One of the links to two championship teams in New York in 1970 and 1973. DeBusschere was a strong, smart forward who could shoot with the best of them. He was voted as one of the top 50 players of all time.
Career Stats: 16.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 0.5 BPG, 0.9 SPG.
#7 - Elvin Hayes.
Teams: San Diego/Houston Rockets (1968-1972, 1981-1984), Baltimore/ Capital/ Washington Bullets (1972-1981)
Titles: 1 (1978)
Honors: 12-time All-Star, Hall Of Fame
The Big E was an offensive machine. He could score from anywhere plus rebound and defend. Hayes voted one of the top 50 players of all-time. Won a championship with Washington in 1978 and is its all-time leader in points and blocked shots.
Career Stats: 21.0 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.9 BPG, 1.0 SPG.
#6 - Kevin Garnett.
Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves (1995-2007), Boston Celtics (2007-present)
Titles: 1 (2008)
Honors: 12-time All-Star, MVP (2004), NBA Defensive POY (2008)
Garnett plays the right way. He brings it every night. The MVP in 2004, Garnett is a four-time All-NBA defensive team member and has made the first or second All-NBA time five times. K-G has averaged 20.2 points and 11.1 rebounds over his career with the T-wolves.
Career Stats: 20.2 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.6 BPG, 1.4 SPG.
#5 - Bob Pettit.
Teams: Milwaukee/ St. Louis Hawks (1954-1965)
Titles: 1 (1958)
Honors: 11-time All-Star, MVP (1956, 1959), NBA Rookie Of The Year (1955), NBA Scoring Champion (1956,1959), Hall Of Fame
Defined power-forward position. Before him there were just forwards. Pettit's Hawks topped the Celtics with Bob Cousy and Bill Russell in the NBA Finals in 1958. This top 50 player off all-time averaged 26.4 points over his career. This is quite a feat considering the era in which he played.
Career Stats: 26.4 PPG, 16.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, - BPG, - SPG.
#4 - Kevin McHale.
Teams: Boston Celtics (1980-1993)
Titles: 3 (1981, 1984, 1986)
Honors: 7-time All-Star, NBA Sixth Man Of The Year (1984, 1985), Hall Of Fame
Greatest post moves ever at the four spot. One-third of the best frontline of all time. McHale not only was voted as one of the NBA's Top 50, but won three championships with the Celtics in 1981, '84, and '86. Early in his career, he became one of the greatest sixth men ever. McHale spent his entire career with Boston, averaging 17.9 points.
Career Stats: 17.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.7 BPG, 0.4 SPG.
#3 - Charles Barkley.
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (1984-1992), Phoenix Suns (1992-1996), Houston Rockets (1996-2000)
Honors: 11-time All-Star, MVP (1993), Hall Of Fame
At less than 6-foot-5, Barkley is, inch for inch, arguably the most productive player ever. This top 50 player of all-time was a relentless scorer and one of the strongest in the low post. He was a first or second NBA teamer for 10 seasons. Over 16 seasons, Barkley averaged 22.1 points.
Career Stats: 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 0.8 BPG, 1.5 SPG.
#2 - Karl Malone.
Teams: Utah Jazz (1985-2003), Los Angeles Lakers (2003-2004)
Honors: 13-time All-Star, MVP (1997, 1999)
The Mailman is simply the best low-post scoring power forward ever. And he was a lethal mid-range shooter. The 11-time NBA first-team player is second all-time in NBA scoring. The guy scored 36,928 points. That's a lot of picks and rolls and post ups. His 25.0 career average is another reason why this two-time MVP was voted onto the NBA's Top 50 squad.
Career Stats: 25.0 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.7 BPG, 1.4 SPG.
#1 - Tim Duncan.
Teams: San Antonio Spurs (1998-present)
Titles: 4 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
Honors: 11-time All-Star, MVP (2002, 2003), 1998 NBA Rookie Of The Year, NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
TD dominates at both ends of the floor. The Big Fundamental has two NBA championships with San Antonio in 1999 and 2003 (more than Malone, Barkley and Pettit combined). Stats and awards don't begin to tell the Tim Duncan story, but here are a few. MVP awards in 2002 and 2003, an all-league defender, and a 22.8 points per game average in his first seven seasons.
Career Stats: 21.4 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.3 BPG, 0.8 SPG.