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What does a power forward do in basketball?


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May 30, 2009 5:10PM

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. Usually the big guy on the team and aggressive at getting rebounds and scoring from down low on the court. Power forwards must contend for every rebound and must understand how to box out for rebounds. They should have some low post moves, especially the hook shot.

Some famous PF are Dennis Rodman, Charles Barkely, Kevin McHale, and Karl Malone.