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Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. The position is referred to in playbook terms as the four position and is commonly abbreviated "PF". Power forwards play a role similar to that of center in what is called the "post" or "low blocks". They play offensively with their back to the basket on offense and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward on defense in man-to-man defense. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article is about the sport. ... The five tactical basketball positions normally employed by organized basketball teams are: point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Swingman is a basketball term denoting a player who can play both the small forward and shooting guard positions; and, in essence, swing between the shooting guard and small forward positions. ... // ... A tweener in basketball is a term, sometimes used derisively, for a player who is able to play two positions, but is not ideally suited to play either position exclusively, so he/she is said to be in between. ... Forward-center is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In sport, offense (American English) and offence (British English and Canadian English) is the action of attacking or engaging an opposing team with the objective of scoring points or goals. ... Zone defense is a type of defense used in sports which is the alternative to man-to-man defense; instead of each player guarding a corresponding player on the other team, each defensive player is given an area, or a zone, to cover. ... In sport, defense (AmE) and defence (CwE) is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. ... Man to man defense is a type of defensive tactic used in basketball and Football (Soccer) in which each player is assigned to defend and follow the movements of a single player on offense. ...


Typically, a power forward is one of the larger players on the court, not as tall as the center but more muscular. They are usually expected to be aggressive when pursuing rebounds and score most of their points on the low post (no more than six feet (2 m) from the basket), as opposed to taking jump shots from farther away. Power forwards can be imposing presences on defense, but they usually defer to the center for blocking shots and general intimidation. In the NBA, a typical power forward is between 6'8" and 7'0" (2.03 to 2.13 m) in height and 220 to 260 pounds (100 to 120 kg) in weight, and is often asked to play center in specific game situations or when a particular team lacks a taller player. The quintessential power forward in the game today is Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, who is already considered to be one of the best players to have played the power forward position. Rasheed Wallace of the Detroit Pistons, Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks have also earned praise as great forwards. Other great power forwards of all time include Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Kevin McHale, Bob Pettit, Elvin Hayes, Dave DeBusschere, Chris Webber, Charles Oakley, and Buck Williams. A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... A jump shot being taken at the FIBA EuroCup Women Finals in 2005. ... NBA redirects here. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Dirk Werner Nowitzki (IPA pronuncation: ) (born June 19, 1978 in Würzburg, Germany) is a German basketball player for the United States National Basketball Associations (NBA) Dallas Mavericks. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ... Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player who played power forward in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. ... Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina), better known as Buck, is a former American professional basketball player. ...


At higher levels like the NBA, the power forward position has evolved. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jumper, and several other big men have become very accurate from 12 to even 18 feet, similar of the European style play. While Dirk Nowitzki is not noted for his strong inside game or his physical post play, many of his skills, particularly his strong reliance on the jump shot, are much closer to those of a typical Small forward. Other power forwards who add long range shooting to their skillset include Antawn Jamison, Rasheed Wallace, and Troy Murphy. In addition, some "natural" power forwards often play the center position and have the skills but lack the height that is more closely associated with that position. Many argue that the 6'9" Ben Wallace , though listed as a center by the Bulls and by his former team, the Pistons, is actually a natural power forward; this goes back to his days as PF for the Washington Wizards. Nevertheless, he is still considered one of the best centers in the league due to his offensive rebounding and shot blocking abilities. Dirk Werner Nowitzki (IPA pronuncation: ) (born June 19, 1978 in Würzburg, Germany) is a German basketball player for the United States National Basketball Associations (NBA) Dallas Mavericks. ... A jump shot being taken at the FIBA EuroCup Women Finals in 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Troy Murphy (born May 2, 1980 in Morristown, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player, currently playing power forward for the National Basketball Associations Golden State Warriors. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


One example of an effective power forward who did not fit the standard physical description for that position was Dennis Rodman, who was able to out-rebound and defensively shut down rival power forwards despite being only 6 ft 7 in, 210 lb (2.01 m, 95 kg). Likewise, Charles Barkley was widely considered as one of the most dominating power forwards of his time, despite being officially listed at only 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) and reportedly closer to 6' 5" or 6' 4" (1.96 to 1.93 m). Barkley's playing weight of roughly 255 lb (116 kg) was typical for the position. Shawn Marion also is annually among the league leader rebounds while of similar size to Rodman. Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven... This article is about the basketball player. ... Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player. ...


Power forwards who were named to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list include Charles Barkley, Dave DeBusschere, Elvin Hayes, Jerry Lucas, Kevin McHale, Karl Malone, Bob Pettit and Wes Unseld. The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... This article is about the basketball player. ... David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ...


List of power forwards

See also: Category:Power forwards (basketball)

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In the NBA, a typical power forward is between 6'8" and 7'0" (2.03 to 2.13 m) in height and 220 to 260 pounds (100 to 120 kg) in weight, and is often asked to play center in specific game situations or when a particular team lacks a taller player.
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