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.
list ordered by

1
5,768 2,027
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

2
2,672 2,615
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

3
4,463 1,646
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Boston Celtics

4
1,658 1,328
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

5
1,774 1,170
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

6
2,732 1,288
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

7
2,965 1,481
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle Supersonics

8
1,393 840
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers

9
1,166 710
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Boston Celtics

10
1,663 873
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets

11
830 524
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

12
977 535
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

13
1,261 552
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

14
1,157 614
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tbb911 added Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns

15
597 415
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

16
993 232
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
little JP Tokoto added Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

17
566 166
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
lauren-charbono added Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

18
1,222 917
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets

19
764 382
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

20
758 428
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

21
381 323
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

22
778 434
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ZachCarlson added Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers

23
287 212
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

24
400 298
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

25
362 313
Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

26
252 149
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
nir-einess added Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

27
309 182
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tom-charbono added Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

28
479 659
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

29
409 241
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ChristopherKeel added Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

30
274 76
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

31
317 284
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

32
159 235
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

33
267 100
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

34
202 205
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

35
109 138
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers

36
243 285
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

37
287 346
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

38
80 39
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Boston Celtics

39
110 141
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

40
224 225
Glenn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

41
132 88
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

42
134 200
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

43
259 513
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

44
57 107
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

45
181 92
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
StacyWolfe added Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics

46
199 233
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

47
131 160
Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Detroit Pistons

48
264 487
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies

49
154 214
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

50
159 143
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
devenharris24 added Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers