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July 7, 2010, 05:13 PM

by Marc Young

After what may have seemed like forever, Informative Sports??? ranking of the greatest players in NBA history has returned, this time with the Power Forwards.

As was considered in the ranking of Centers, I compiled various factors to determine an order for this list. Not only were statistics and championships taken into account, but each player???s impact on the Association and style of play was also weighed.

As far as personal achievements go, I???ll once again be using my shorthand technique:

Hall of Fame: HoF
All-Star Game Appearance: AS
Most Valuable Player: MVP
Rookie of the Year: ROY
Defensive Player of the Year: DPOY
6th Man of the Year: 6M
Finals MVP: FMVP
All-NBA 1st Team: AN1
All-NBA 2nd Team: AN2
All-Defensive 1st Team: AD1
All-Defensive 2nd Team: AD2

Without further ado, here are the 12 best Power Forwards to ever hit the NBA:

#12 ??? Chris Webber

20.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 4.2 apg, 64.9 FT%, 47.9 FG%

17,182 pts (77th), 8,124 rev (64th), 1,200 blk (49th)

1994 ROY, 5x AS, 1x AN1, 3x AN2

After committing one of the largest gaffes in basketball, and perhaps sports, history, Chris Webber turned out to be a better-than-average NBA player. Right out of Michigan, Webber produced (for the Warriors, Bullets, and Kings), winning Rookie of the Year in ???94 and then putting up 9 consecutive seasons of 20+ points per game and at least 9 rebounds. He was at the core of a great team in the late ???90s and early ???00s that was a few bad calls away from making the Finals over the rival Shaq/Kobe Lakers. The only knock on Webber was his early attitude toward his coach and team, but one can???t deny he had a knack for the game.

#11 ??? Dennis Rodman

7.3 ppg, 13.1 rpb, 0.6 bpg, 1.8 apg, 58.4 FT%, 52.1 FG%

6,683 pts, 11954 (22nd), 531 blk

5x Champ, 2x DPOY, 2x AS, 7x AD1

As one of the most colorful players the NBA has ever seen, Dennis Rodman made his mark on the Association with physical defense and rebounding. As the consummate inside presence on defense, Rodman became a vital part of 5 championship teams, with the Bad Boys of Detroit and MJ and Scottie in Chicago. While never a main option on the offensive end, Rodman kept defenders respectable by grabbing the 5th most offensive rebounds ever, and putting them back in with a great career 52 FG%. All ridiculous hair colors and wedding dresses aside, Dennis Rodman was one of the best teammates ever.

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July 7, 2010  11:45 PM ET

Pretty good list and I agree overall with it. As far as honorable mentions and up and comers, not sure how you can include Bosh, Horace Grant, Buck Williams, and Amare but not include Pau Gasol. He is the most skilled big man in the NBA today and as a second option on the best team in the league, he is putting up similar numbers to Bosh, the #1 option on a bad team. Getting to 3 Finals in a row and winning 2 in a row is bonus points.

Don't think Gasol is in the top 10 PFs of all-time now, but he has a good chance of ending up on the list--at least as good as the other guys you mentioned.

Still, good job on the list and the criteria you used. You obviously spent a bit of time getting all the stats together.


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