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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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1
3,487 1,420
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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2
2,884 1,216
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

3
1,902 1,368
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

4
1,143 635
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

5
1,221 569
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
1,773 974
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
1,757 1,069
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics

8
947 501
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

9
1,108 621
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics

10
831 445
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

11
576 286
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Bernard King Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

12
704 406
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tbb911 added Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

13
648 348
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
786 391
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
812 609
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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16
454 55
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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17
549 250
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Chris Mullin Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

18
404 272
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

19
559 305
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Grant Hill Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

20
288 79
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
lauren-charbono added Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

21
505 285
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ZachCarlson added Paul George

22
269 217
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Adrian Dantley Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

23
180 125
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

24
286 218
Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Glen Rice Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

25
302 209
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

26
359 492
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers

27
237 200
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
154 132
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

29
281 148
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ChristopherKeel added Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

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30
114 156
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Bobby Dandridge Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

31
152 87
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tom-charbono added Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

32
213 262
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

33
181 226
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

34
135 68
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
nir-einess added Peja Stojaković Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

35
64 78
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Billy Cunningham Philadelphia 76ers

36
173 171
Glenn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Glenn Robinson Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

37
70 96
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

38
204 445
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
102 149
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

40
95 110
Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Sean Elliott Detroit Pistons

41
33 55
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kelly Tripucka Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

42
96 20
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

43
220 416
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies

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44
33 68
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
MikeTrujillo added Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

45
71 50
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

46
121 169
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Jamal Mashburn Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

47
114 88
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
devenharris24 added Kyle Korver Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

48
164 352
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Luol Deng Chicago Bulls

49
62 99
Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

50
60 77
Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Rashard Lewis Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics