basketball The Best Small Forwards of All Time  

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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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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

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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

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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

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics

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

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics

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

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Bernard King Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

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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

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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

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

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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Grant Hill Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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

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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Adrian Dantley Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers

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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

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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

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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

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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

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Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

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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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Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

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Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

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Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Billy Cunningham Philadelphia 76ers

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Metta World Peace Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Peja Stojaković Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

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Glenn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Glenn Robinson Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies

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Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

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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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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kyle Korver Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

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Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Sean Elliott Detroit Pistons

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Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Luol Deng Chicago Bulls

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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

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Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamal Mashburn Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

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Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Latrell Sprewell Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

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Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat