The Best Small Forwards of All Time Basketball Players
0Ultimate List
tags 15,579 votes 2,036 voters 78,499 views 45 items f p @
54 of 7

The Best Small Forwards of All Time

List Criteria: 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.

  • 32 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 911
    - 304

    the people's #1 Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 873
    - 415

    most listed Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 651
    - 238

    Small forward

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 649
    - 198

    Small forward

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 422
    - 162

    Small forward

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 549
    - 231

    Small forward

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 427
    - 129

    Small forward

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 352
    - 155

    Small forward

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 363
    - 217

    Small forward

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 300
    - 149
    ) open
  11. 11
    + 232
    - 149

    Small forward

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 306
    - 261

    Small forward, Forward

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 289
    - 159

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 226
    - 124

    Small forward

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 174
    - 110

    added by wiabux Small forward

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 210
    - 70

    added by wiabux Small forward

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 217
    - 76

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 211
    - 87

    added by tbb911 Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 125
    - 250

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 100
    - 268

    Small forward

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 95
    - 100

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 71
    - 224

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Small forward

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 74
    - 238

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Small forward

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 70
    - 250

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 143
    - 83

    ranked low on reranks & added by ZachCarlson Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 137
    - 80

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Power forward

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 130
    - 75

    added by wiabux Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 98
    - 74

    Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 81
    - 112

    Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 82
    - 67

    added by JohnWade Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 46
    - 279

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 86
    - 81

    added by wiabux Small forward

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 59
    - 167

    often listed Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 79
    - 98

    added by wiabux Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 40
    - 37

    added by NaroSlp Small forward

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 49
    - 60

    added by JohnWade Bobby Dandridge

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 57
    - 93

    added by wiabux Small forward

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 33
    - 66

    added by JohnWade Small forward

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 7
    - 11

    added by devenharris24 Small forward, Power forward

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 18
    - 34

    added by NaroSlp Small forward

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 99
    - 49

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChristopherKeel Power forward, Center

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 36
    - 29

    added by mkeith.peel

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 15
    - 17

    added by mkeith.peel Small forward

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 7
    - 2

    new! & added by devenharris24 Shooting guard, Small forward

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 4
    - 5

    added by idominas Shooting guard

    ) open
46 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists