Power forward (basketball)

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Tim Duncan is regarded by many as the greatest power forward in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Tim Duncan.jpg
Tim Duncan is regarded by many as the greatest power forward in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is a position in basketball. Power forwards play a role similar to centers. They typically play 'offensively' with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. [4] The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, and several players have become very accurate from 12 to 18 feet (3.7 to 5.5 m). Earlier, these skills were more typically exhibited in the European style of play. Some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals.

In the NBA, power forwards usually range from 6’ 7” (2.01 m) to 6’ 10” (2.08 m) while in the WNBA, power forwards are usually between 6′ 0″ (1.83 m) and 6′ 3″ (1.91 m). Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions. [5] Some power forwards often play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height that is usually associated with that position.

Power forwards that are inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame include Larry Bird, Karl Malone, Denise Curry, Dolph Schayes, Kevin McHale, Charles Barkley, Elvin Hayes, Bob Pettit, Dennis Rodman, Katrina McClain Johnson, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett.

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