power forward


Definition of power forward

: a basketball forward whose size and strength are used primarily in controlling play near the basket

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The highlights of his tenure included a trade that brought star power forward Kevin Love to the Cavs. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin," 12 Apr. 2019 Shareef is a 6-9, 205-pound face-up power forward who has drastically improved his game the last few years but could use increased consistency, Gershon said. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "With another top-five recruiting class in hand, Steve Alford and UCLA look to make it big on the court," 10 Apr. 2018 With Rockets forward Ryan Anderson to miss a fourth consecutive game with a sore hip and Joe Johnson out with an illness, Luc Mbah a Moute will play a backup power forward in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, his fifth position played this season. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' injuries shifts Luc Mbah a Moute to power forward," 5 Mar. 2018 At 6-foot-7, Bridges guarded both small and power forwards in his two seasons at Michigan State. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Crash course in this defense a big switch for Hornets rookie Miles Bridges," 3 July 2018 George also shares an agent with Julius Randle, the power forward and small-ball center the Lakers drafted in 2014. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Magic Johnson says he'll step down if the Lakers don't get marquee free agents by next summer," 27 June 2018 The Coyotes connection Perhaps no one understands the Tkachukian hockey philosophy better than Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, a gritty power forward in his own right, who was teammates with Keith from 1997-2000 with the Phoenix Coyotes. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Armed with a family legacy, Brady Tkachuk prepares to make his own name in the NHL," 19 June 2018 Mbah a Moute was to play a significant role for the Rockets in the post-season not only as a backup small forward, but at power forward in small lineups. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Luc Mbah a Moute leaves game with dislocated right shoulder," 10 Apr. 2018 One of the most feared NBA power forwards in the 1990s, Kemp made six straight All-Star games (1993-98). Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Bailey, Kemp, Big Dog: Indiana's McDonald's All Americans over the years," 27 Mar. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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basketball : a forward whose size and strength are used mainly to control play near the basket

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