Top 10 NBA Power Forwards of All Time

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Top 10 NBA Power Forwards of All Time

10. Dennis Rodman

Rodman was one of the greatest rebounders of all time. In his 14-year career, Rodman won seven consecutive rebounding titles, from the 1991-1992 season through the 1997-1998 season. He also won five championships in his career, with three of them on the Chicago Bulls and two of them on the Pistons.

He had career averages of 7.3 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, along with a very good 52.1 percent from the field.

He was also one of the best defensive players, as he won back to back Defensive Player of the Year Award in the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons. He was also selected to eight All-NBA defensive teams, with seven of the selections as a member of the first team. He also made two All-Star teams and two All-NBA teams, both were on the third team.

 

9. Dirk Nowitzki

As a big man, Dirk is one of the two greatest shooters, along with Larry Bird. He has career averages of 22.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and one block. He also shoots a solid 47.1 percent from the field, 38 percent from the three-point line, and a fantastic 87 percent from the free-throw line.

Dirk is also the only European player to have won an MVP award, as he led the Mavericks to a 67 wins in the 2006-2007 season. He has been selected to seven All Star teams, and he has been selected to eight All-NBA teams, with three of them as a first-team member.

He also still has a few very good seasons left, as he is only 30-years old. However, he has never won a ring, as he couldn't lead the Mavs to a championship against the Heat in the Finals, as they blew a 2-0 lead.

 

8. Dave Debusschere

Debusschere was one of the first great power forwards in the NBA. He had career averages of 16.1 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. He also shot 43.2 percent from the field and 69.9 percent from the free-throw line. He was selected to eight All Star teams in his 12-year career.

He was also selected to one All-NBA team as a member of the second team. However, he was one of his era's best defensive players, as he was selected to six All-NBA Defensive teams, with all of the selections on the first team. Finally, he helped the Knicks win two championships in the 1970s.

 

7. Charles Barkley "Sir Charles"

Barkley is the best rebounder of all time for his height. In his career, he had averages of 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He also shot a tremendous 54.1 percent from the field and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line. He was selected to 11 All Star teams.

He was also selected to 11 All-NBA teams, with five of the selections as a member of the first team. He won an All-Star Game MVP, and more importantly, an MVP Award in the 1992-1993 season as a member of the Phoenix Suns. However, he could never lead his team to a championship, for in his only Finals appearance, his Suns lost to the Bulls.

 

6. Kevin McHale

McHale was a key member of the three championship Celtics teams in the 1980s. He had career averages 18 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 blocks. He also shot an amazing 55.4 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He also won two Six Man of the Year Awards in 1984 and 1985.

He was also selected to seven All-Star teams and one All-NBA team, as a member of the first team. He was also one of the best defensive big men in his era, as he was always at the top of the list of block leaders, and he was selected to the All-NBA Defensive team six times, with three of the selections on the first team.

 

5. Karl Malone

In terms of statistics, Malone would be No. 1 on this list. However, he wasn't clutch or a winner. He had career averages of 25 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He also shot 51.6 percent from the field and 74.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also ranks second all-time in total points, as he is only behind Kareem.

In his long and durable career, he was selected to the All-Star team 14 times, and he was selected to the All NBA team 14 times, with 11 of the selections as a member of the first team. He also won two All-Star Game MVPs and two regular MVP awards. However, he never won a ring as, he could never lead the Jazz to a title.

 

4. Elvin Hayes "The Big E"

Hayes is one of the most underrated players in the history of the league. He ranks in the top 10 in career points, field goals made, rebounds, and minutes played. He has career averages of 21 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, one steal, and two blocks per game. He was also selected to 12 All Star teams in his 16-year career.

He was also one of the most durable players of all time, as he only missed nine games in his career and played 80 or more games in every season. He was also selected to the All-NBA team six times, with three of the selections as a member of the first team. Finally, he also led the Bullets to a championship in the 1977-1978 season.

 

3. Bob Pettit

Pettit was one of the first dominant big men in the league. He had career averages of 26.4 points, 16.2 rebounds and 3 assists along with 43.6 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. He was also selected to eleven All-Star teams in his 11 year career. He was also selected to the All-NBA team in the eleven seasons he played, ten of the selections as a member of the first team.

Pettit also won four All Star game MVP awards, which is the most all time and he won two MVP awards, one in the 1955-1956 season and the other in the 1958-1959 season. He also won two scoring titles in his career.

Finally, he led the St. Louis Hawks to a championship over the much more talented Bill Russell-led Celtics, with a dominating Finals performance, as he scored 50 points in Game Six to clinch the championship.

 

2. Kevin Garnett "The Big Ticket"

KG is one of the most versatile big man of all time, as he is an excellent scorer, rebounder, passer, and defensive player. So far, in 13 seasons, he has career averages of 20.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. He has also shot a 49.4 percent from the field and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. He has been selected to 11 All-Star Games, and he has won one All-Star Game MVP.

He has also been selected to the All-NBA team nine times, with four of the selections on the first team. He is also one of the best defensive big men, as he has been selected to the All NBA team nine times, with seven of the selections on the first team.

He also won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in the 2007-2008 season. He still has a few great years left, as he is 32-years old. Finally, he won an MVP award in the 2003-2004 season, and he led the Celtics to a championship in 2007-2008 season.

 

1. Tim Duncan "The Big Fundamental"

Duncan is one of the 10 greatest players of all time. He is one of the greatest offensive, defensive, and clutch big men of all time. So far, in 11 seasons, he has career averages of 21.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 0.8 steals. He has also shot 50.8 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line.

He has been selected to 10 All-Star teams, and he has also won an All-Star Game MVP in 2000. Duncan has also been selected to the All-NBA team 11 times, with nine of the selections as a member of the first team.

He was also selected to the All NBA Defensive team nine times, with seven of the selections as a member of the first team. He also won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1998, and he won back to back MVP awards in the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

Finally, he is also one of the biggest winners of all time, as he has already led the Spurs to four championships in just 11 seasons, as he won three Finals MVP awards.

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