Great Basketball Players

Great Basketball Forwards

Bernard King
©University of Tennessee Athletics
Bernard King's signature move
was the turn-around jump shot.

The men and women listed here stand out as the greatest forwards in the history of basketball. From lay-ups and slam dunks to rebounds and steals, no one takes it to the boards the way these legends do. In these pages, you can learn about the award-winning defensive skills of Scottie Pippen, who became a regular on the All-Defensive Team, or the outrageous exploits of the Round Mound of Rebound, Charles Barkley. You can even go back to the early days of the sport, and learn about one of the first players to take advantage of a jump-shot, Paul Arizin -- while other players remained rooted to the floor, he gained his points in the air.

Whatever era strikes your fancy, there's plenty to impress among these forwards. And when you've exhausted basketball's legendary forwards, you can continue on to the next page to learn about the record-breaking centers.

Paul Arizin
Charles Barkley
Rick Barry
Elgin Baylor
Larry Bird
Bill Bradley
Billy Cunningham
Adrian Dantley
Dave DeBusschere
Alex English
Julius Erving
Joe Fulks
John Havlicek
Connie Hawkins
Spencer Haywood
Dan Issel
Bernard King
Jerry Lucas
Karl Malone
George McGinnis
Kevin McHale
Cheryl Miller
Bob Pettit
Scottie Pippen
Dolph Schayes
Dominique Wilkins
James Worthy