Top 5 Power Forwards in NBA History
On Monday, Tim Duncan announced he would be retiring from the NBA. After five NBA titles, two MVP’s, and 15 All-Star Game appearances, the unquestionable Hall-of-Famer hangs it up. While this moment sparks many to declare Tim Duncan the best power forward ever, it also ignites the debate of who makes the list of Top 5 Power Forwards ever.
As of 2016, the following list is how I see the Top 5 Power Forwards in NBA History:
#1 Tim Duncan
Five NBA titles, two MVP’s, 15-time All-Star, 1998 Rookie of the Year. Duncan averaged nearly a double-double for his career, and played his whole career with the San Antonio Spurs. Too many accomplishments to name…Google it. Legendary!
#2 Karl Malone
Two-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.6 assists for his career. The only player ever to be named First Team All-NBA in 11 straight seasons. He was part of the most dynamic pick-and-roll duo ever with John Stockton. The Mailman always delivered. The ONLY knock on Malone is he played in the Jordan era, therefore, he was denied championships.
#3 Kevin McHale
Three NBA titles, seven All-Star appearances, and six-time All-Defensive Team awards. McHale averaged 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game in his career. He was one of the cornerstones of the Celtics dynasty in the 80’s. Great foot work, unstoppable turn around, and bruising, nasty defense. Charles Barkley says McHale was the toughest opponent he ever faced. His value was unmeasurable.
#4 Charles Barkley
League MVP in 1993, 11-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA. Sir Charles averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds for his career. Barkley was a monster underneath the glass, and ran the floor like a falcon. He is the prototypical power forward. He would be #3 on my list if he would have just got one NBA title. I am not one to hold guys hostage of titles to determine their greatness. Dan Marino, Ken Griffey Jr., and Charles Barkley are just a couple of greats that come to mind with no rings. They are all pretty legendary.
#5 Dennis Rodman
Five NBA titles, two-time All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, eight time All-Defensive Team. A valued member of both the Bad Boys of Detroit, and the Chicago Bulls dynasty. Rodman averaged 13 rebounds per game for his career. He had the attitude, the defensive intensity, and was the best rebounder in the history of the NBA in my opinion. He wanted the ball worse than anyone else, so he went and got it. A true bad boy in NBA history.
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