Power forward (basketball)

The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has also been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center. 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' 8" (2.03 m) to 7' 0" (2.13 m) while in the WNBA, power forwards are usually between 6' 1" (1.85 m) and 6' 4" (1.93 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. Some power forwards often play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height that is usually associated with that position.

Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is regarded as one of the greatest power forwards in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "ESPN.com's Greatest Power Forwards". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. June 2, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2007.
  2. ^ Rosen, Charley (July 18, 2005). "Best all-time power forwards". Fox Sports. MSN. Archived from the original on July 19, 2005. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ DuPree, David (June 7, 2007). "Tim Duncan: Best power forward ever?". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved June 17, 2007.
  4. ^ "NBA.com - Players and Positions". www.nba.com.
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Big man

Big man may refer to:

Big man (anthropology), the most influential man in a tribe

Kadanuumuu, a hominid fossil whose name means "big man" in the Afar language

Big man (political science), a single person who wields autocratic rule of a country

Frederick Foswell, or Big Man, a character in Amazing Spider-Man

Center (basketball), and often a Power forward (basketball), typically the physically largest basketball players

Great man theory, the idea that history can be largely explained by the actions of great men

Bill Melis

William "Bill" Melis (Greek: Μπιλ Μέλις or Βασίλης Μέλις; born August 28, 1960) is a former Greek–American professional basketball player.

Chris Papasarantou

Christos "Chris" Papasarantou (Greek: Χρήστος "Κρις" Παπασαράντου; born April 3, 1966) is a former Greek–American professional basketball player.

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Dimitris "Takis" Karatzoulidis (Greek: Δημήτρης "Τάκης" Καρατζουλίδης; born June 2, 1957) is a former Greek professional basketball player.


Forward may refer to:

Forward (surname)

Relative direction, where forward is the opposite of backward

Power forward

Power forward is a position or role in some team sports:

Power forward (Australian rules football)

Power forward (basketball)

Power forward (ice hockey)

Small forward

The small forward (SF), also known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers, but typically taller and larger than either of the guard positions.

The small forward is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards usually range from 6' 6" (1.98 m) to 6' 10" (2.08 m) while in the WNBA, small forwards are usually between 5' 11" (1.80 m) to 6' 2" (1.88 m).

Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and often as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers.The styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are very accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, and still others are primarily slashers who also possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position on the baseline or as off-the-ball specialists. Small forwards who are defensive specialists are very versatile as they can often guard multiple positions using their size, speed, and strength.

Tight end

The tight end (TE) is a position in American football, arena football, and formerly Canadian football, on the offense. The tight end is often seen as a hybrid position with the characteristics and roles of both an offensive lineman and a wide receiver. Like offensive linemen, they are usually lined up on the offensive line and are large enough to be effective blockers. On the other hand, unlike offensive linemen, they are eligible receivers adept enough to warrant a defense's attention when running pass patterns.

Because of the hybrid nature of the position, the tight end's role in any given offense depends on the tactical preferences and philosophy of the head coach. In some systems, the tight end will merely act as a sixth offensive lineman, rarely going out for passes. Other systems use the tight end primarily as a receiver, frequently taking advantage of the tight end's size to create mismatches in the defensive secondary. Many coaches will often have one tight end who specializes in blocking in running situations while using a tight end with better pass-catching skills in obvious passing situations.

Offensive formations may have as few as zero or as many as three tight ends at one time.


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