power forward

noun

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

Examples of power forward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three of those first-year players — power forward Amani Watts, small forward Hillary Howard, and point guard Sariyah Waller — have started with junior shooting guard Amya Durham and senior combo guard Bethani Newbold, the only returning starter. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 Haslem, a talented power forward who grew up in Miami, starred in basketball and graduated from Miami Senior High School and the University of Florida. Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The Clippers will open with guards James Harden and Paul George, Terance Mann at the three, Kawhi Leonard at power forward, and center Ivica Zubac. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 8 Jan. 2024 Colorado State got 15 points (and 10 free throws) in 30 minutes from Scott, its starting power forward. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Maryland gave the ball away 13 times, which the Wildcats converted into 11 points, and junior power forward Julian Reese committed a game-high six turnovers. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2024 My money is that by the time the playoffs roll around, either Haywood Highsmith or Caleb Martin will be the starting power forward, and perhaps even Kevin Love against bigger opponents. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 The closing speaker was former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was interviewed by Dallas Mavericks power forward and NBPA Foundation board member Grant Williams. Edward Lee, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 The Nicaraguan power forward was coming off his best game as a Hurricane three days earlier, accounting for 45 percent (33 points) of Miami’s point total in a road win against Notre Dame. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of power forward was in 1969

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“Power forward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20forward. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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