Power forwards are skilled players that spend most of the game inside the three-point line. Power forwards are like centers in where they position themselves on the floor. They line up somewhat down low, however, they are not a full center.
The power forward has many responsibilities, they include rebounding, defending the rim, playing in the post, and setting screens. They can also sometimes intimidate their opponents with their size. They post up, and block shots, some power forwards can shoot mid-range jump shots as well as three-pointers. Many teams want the power forward to be the best player on their team due to their crucial leadership and in-game roles.
IMPORTANT: The power forward is known as PF and the number four in our diagrams.
Power forwards are known as post players because they stand near the high post and low post on the court. As a post player, the power forward will post up and shoot easy layups near the basket. Post players are also great at getting offensive rebounds. Power forwards are good post players and this also means they are usually good free throw shooters. Players who play down low in the low post are fouled more often than other positions.
Power Forwards, like most positions, must be good at transitioning from offense to defense in a game situation. As a power forward, you should expect to spend most of your time inside the three-point arc and posting up. After going for a rebound or scoring power forwards must hustle back on defense as they are normally one of the better defensive players and are needed in the backcourt.
Although the main duties of a power forward include posting up and setting screens, in today's modern NBA, the power forward is a shooter, who can stretch his range all the way out to the three-point line. He is often called a stretch four if he is able to shoot from that distance. This change throughout history has allowed many players to play some power forward even though it is not their main position. Lebron James is a great example of that.