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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Boehm, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Winnetka, also was named All-Area Honorable Mention. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Committing to Cambridge: New Trier's Ciaran Brayboy picks Harvard basketball," 9 July 2018 Justin Gorham, a 6-7 power forward from Towson, plans to transfer to the University of Houston. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Towson forward Justin Gorham to transfer to UH," 26 June 2018 Noel is a big-body, power forward at 6-foot-5, 209 pounds who is still two months from turning 18. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers pick powerful forward Serron Noel in second round of draft," 23 June 2018 Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle talked about Nowitzki's return next season at a news conference Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "This top NBA prospect just said he's 'undecided' about playing in the league next season | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Andre Owens, a shooting guard, and Ivan Johnson, a power forward, are projected as the second and third picks respectively after productive seasons last year. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "BIG3 Draft: What you need to know, from 'Birdman' to familiar but forgotten talent," 11 Apr. 2018 Williams, a power forward from Oak Ridge Orlando, scored a game-record 44 points, to lead the Home squad to a 146-136 win Sunday in the 17th annual Jordan Brand Classic boys basketball game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU basketball signee Emmitt Williams sets Jordan Brand Classic scoring record," 9 Apr. 2018 Luke Pellot, a 6-7 junior, and especially senior Bobby Jefferson, a 6-3 power forward who's fielding football offers from Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania and Army – for their encouragement. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Heart & Hustle: St. Xavier big man works way into starting lineup after 5 years off," 12 Jan. 2018 Bagley is an elite rebounder, which is a weakness of the Kings, and the team believes Bagley has the versatility to play power forward or center, and fit with the other bigs on the team. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings go big in the draft like no other team. Why Marvin Bagley thinks he's worth it," 21 June 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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