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

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. These are the top 10 small forwards in the NBA.
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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

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+ - 3,240 1,344
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

3
+ - 2,701 1,167
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

4
+ - 1,096 565
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

5
+ - 1,178 512
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

6
+ - 1,688 929
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

7
+ - 1,654 1,016
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics

8
+ - 908 466
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

9
+ - 1,050 586
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics

10
+ - 798 415
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

11
+ - 557 267
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Bernard King Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

12
+ - 675 384
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

13
+ - 614 336
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rick Barry New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

14
+ - 747 375
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

15
+ - 785 580
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets

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+ - 520 240
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Chris Mullin Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

17
+ - 387 264
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

18
+ - 533 297
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Grant Hill Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

19
+ - 388 42
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time

20
+ - 257 72
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

21
+ - 480 271
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time

22
+ - 253 210
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Adrian Dantley Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

23
+ - 169 118
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

24
+ - 278 210
Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Glen Rice Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

25
+ - 295 201
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

26
+ - 343 479
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers

27
+ - 231 188
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

28
+ - 271 137
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

29
+ - 142 125
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

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+ - 110 148
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Bobby Dandridge Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

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+ - 204 254
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

32
+ - 176 219
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

33
+ - 141 67
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

34
+ - 122 63
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Peja Stojaković Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

35
+ - 61 71
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Billy Cunningham Philadelphia 76ers

36
+ - 167 168
Glenn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Glenn Robinson Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

37
+ - 65 91
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

38
+ - 197 437
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Metta World Peace Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

39
+ - 92 143
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

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+ - 32 50
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kelly Tripucka Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

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+ - 87 107
Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Sean Elliott Detroit Pistons

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+ - 215 406
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies

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+ - 32 61
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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+ - 68 44
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

45
+ - 83 16
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

46
+ - 117 166
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamal Mashburn Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

47
+ - 60 91
Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

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+ - 108 84
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kyle Korver Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

49
+ - 159 349
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Luol Deng Chicago Bulls

50
+ - 58 74
Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rashard Lewis Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics