The Best Small Forwards of All Time Basketball Players

The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Who are the best small forwards of all time? A small forward serves a critical role in any basketball game, whether NCAA or pro, but this list is primarily concerned with the top small forwards in the NBA. Fans of the game know how important the small forward is: He is often one of the main scorers on the team. The small forward is also versatile, able to fill many roles for a team. Which small forward deserves the title of the best ever? That's for you to decide, with your votes. You can also add any small forwards who are missing from this list, and rerank it any way you want.

When it comes to deciding the best small forwards in the NBA, well, arguments might ensue. Everyone has a favorite -- whether it's LeBron James and his incredible size, strength and versatility, Larry Bird and his extraordinary shooting abilities or a modern era shooter with amazing shooting ability like Kevin Durant. Arguments can be made that virtually any one of the players listed here could be the best ever; certainly they are all among the top NBA players of all time, too.

If you're up for more voting, check out these lists of the greatest power forwards and the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, too.

List Criteria: Only NBA players who played small forward for most of their career

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    Larry Bird

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    LeBron James

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    Jamaal Wilkes

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    Luol Deng

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    Metta World Peace

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    Shawn Marion

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    Michael Beasley

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    Glen Rice

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    Larry Johnson

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    Antawn Jamison

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    Paul George

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    Larry Kenon

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    Bobby Dandridge

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