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The Power Forward spot in the 1990s was another one of the decades strong spots. The spot was dominated by two players who earned a total of 3 MVPs in Karl Malone and Charles Barkley. The spot was unusual in that almost every team had an all-star four man on their roster at least once in the decade.
10. Tim Duncan
The Big Fundamental coming in at number ten may be a bit of a shock to some, as he is one of the top two Power Forwards to ever play the game. But Duncan only played three seasons in the decade. But in those three seasons he put himself on the All-NBA team twice and was a two time all-star; there was no All-star game the lockout year. Duncan and the Spurs also won their first NBA championship in 1999.
Somewhat of an underrated player, Willis was a one time all-star in 1992 and a key contributor on many solid teams. Willis was one of the best rebounders in the decade putting up double digits in the category through most of the early 90s.
8. Danny Manning
A former number one overall pick, Manning never quite lived up to his billing coming from Kansas. His best season, and his only all-star season, was in 1992-93 where he got 23 points and 7 boards a game. For most his career in the late 90s he become a solid sixth man and won the award in 1998.
People sometimes forget how good of a player Uncle Cliffy was. He was an all-star in 1994 and a 20 points a night guy for four seasons. He was a key role player on both the Blazers teams who made the NBA finals in 89 and 92. He was named NBA sixth man of the year in 1993 while averaging 19 points a game off the bench.
The Reign man is one of the sob stories of basketball. Kemp was on pace to becoming one of the greatest power forwards ever but as quickly as he busted onto the NBA scene he had vanished. But in his prime Kemp was a phenomenal player who helped guide the Supersonics to the NBA finals in 1996 and was a six time NBA all-star with the Sonics and Cavaliers.
One of the most underrated big men of his day, DC was a 15-10 guy seven of his first eight seasons in the NBA but only made one all-star team. It is not like Coleman was not a star on his teams, he was the low post threat for many good teams including the 2000 Hornets who made the playoffs with 49 wins. One thing that hurt Coleman was his attitude, everyone always called his a cancer in the locker room and he never got out of the first round until his second to last season in the NBA.
Probably more remembered for his shoe commercial than his basketball ability, LJ was one of the most formidable players in the NBA in the early 90s, and despite a plethora of injuries he remained a solid player into the late 90s. LJ made an immediate impact on the Hornets, who drafted him #1 overall in 1991, he was named the NBA rookie of the year and averaged 19 points and 11 boards his rookie season. He was a two time all-star with the Hornets before moving onto the New York Knicks in 1996, and helping the Knicks make the NBA finals in 1999.
Like LJ, Rodman is more well known for something other than basketball. Dispite being one of the best defensive players and rebounders in NBA history, Rodman was one of the NBA’s biggest clowns any professional organization that is not a circus has ever seen. The worm became famous for his off the court antics, but it is hard to deny what he brought to a team on the court. He was a seven time rebounding champion with the Pistons, Spurs and Bulls and a five time NBA champion with the Pistons (89,90) and the Bulls(96,97,98).
2. Charles Barkley
Currently the only member of the basketball Hall-of-Fame on this list, Barkley was the NBA’s MVP in 1993 while leading the Suns to the NBA finals. Barkley was one of the NBA’s most interesting fours ever, he was listed at a very generous six foot five and even though he was shorter than most his opponents he still managed to double figure rebounding in all but his rookie season and double figure scoring in every NBA season including 28 points a game in 1988.
The most prolific scoring power forward in NBA history, Malone is second all-time to only Kareem in points scored. He is also the NBA’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds and was named the NBA’s MVP in 1997 and 1999. Malone is tied with Kareem and Shaq with the most all-star appearances ever with 14 of them. He was also an eleven time All NBA player and a member of the 1992 and 1996 gold metal United States men’s basketball teams.