Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the court in both offensive and defensive situations.
Meet The Power Forward (PF)
Also known as the post player, the power forward does most of his/her work inside the three-point line. They are similar to the center (C) player position, which we'll learn about next. The power forward is known as player 4 when referring to play diagrams.
Goals And Job
There are few important statistics that define how good a power forward is:
We'll learn more about basketball statistics in future tutorials.
Top NBA Power Forwards Of All Time
- Tim Duncan
- Karl Malone
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Charles Barkley
- Kevin Garnett
PRO TIP: You may notice that some basketball players are listed under multiple positions. Like we mentioned before, the player positions are slightly archaic and the roles on the court often overlap. It is not uncommon for a player to be good at multiple positions. The term swingman refers to a player who can play both the small forward and power forward positions.
2017-18 NBA Power Forwards
- Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
- Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
- LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs