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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    the people's #1
    Larry Bird

    1956 More
    100
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    1950 More
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    most listed
    LeBron James

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    94
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    1934 More
    86
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    1965 More
    85
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    1988 More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John Havlicek

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    80
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    1961 More
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    Dominique Wilkins

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    77
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    Paul Pierce

    1977 More
    76
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    1944 More
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    Carmelo Anthony

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    66
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    Tracy McGrady

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    Alex English

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    added by: wiabux
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    Bernard King

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    Chris Mullin

    1963 More
    54
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    1977 More
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    1972 More
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    controversial
    Andre Iguodala

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    niche appeal
    Jamaal Wilkes

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    controversial
    Danny Granger

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    46
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    Rudy Gay

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    1985 More
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    1978 More
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    Metta World Peace

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    Glen Rice

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    Michael Beasley

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    Larry Johnson

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    Antawn Jamison

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    34
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    1970 More
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    1955 More
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    Paul George

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    1958 More
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    1970 More
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    Larry Kenon

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    1955 More
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    Bobby Dandridge

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    1990 More
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