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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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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Alex English is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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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
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Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
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