NBA 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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4,903 1,831
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

2
3,885 1,501
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

3
2,394 2,147
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
1,470 1,109
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

5
1,583 955
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
2,507 1,347
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle Supersonics

7
2,359 1,194
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

8
1,230 734
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

9
1,058 601
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

10
1,467 773
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Paul Pierce Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics

11
730 434
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
851 460
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rick Barry New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

13
983 543
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tbb911 added Vince Carter Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns

14
1,080 484
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

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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798 164
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
little JP Tokoto added Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

16
522 356
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

17
1,064 788
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Carmelo Anthony Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets

18
678 331
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Chris Mullin Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

19
455 133
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
lauren-charbono added Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

20
671 380
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Grant Hill Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

21
673 377
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ZachCarlson added Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers

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335 285
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
242 179
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
331 274
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
356 263
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
202 114
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
nir-einess added Peja Stojaković Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

27
422 600
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers

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355 201
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ChristopherKeel added Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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236 138
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tom-charbono added Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

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281 251
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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185 174
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

32
225 260
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
144 200
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Bobby Dandridge Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

34
257 316
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Shawn Marion Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

35
94 113
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Billy Cunningham Philadelphia 76ers

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208 200
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

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189 55
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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111 71
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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181 72
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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95 121
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

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241 485
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Metta World Peace Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

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120 136
Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Sean Elliott Detroit Pistons

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122 179
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

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150 69
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
StacyWolfe added Gordon Hayward

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180 211
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Latrell Sprewell Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

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251 462
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Gay San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies

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51 99
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
MikeTrujillo added Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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141 197
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Jamal Mashburn Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

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42 88
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Marques Johnson Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

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145 125
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
devenharris24 added Kyle Korver Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers