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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1
2,015 1,584
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

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2
3,133 1,305
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

3
3,889 1,538
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

4
1,215 758
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

5
1,304 642
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
1,889 1,036
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
1,908 1,150
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle Supersonics

8
1,008 561
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

9
892 481
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

10
1,192 665
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
612 322
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
696 378
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
761 446
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
855 415
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
551 79
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

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16
884 656
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Carmelo Anthony Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets

17
435 292
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

18
575 275
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
327 98
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
592 325
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
557 305
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

22
289 234
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
196 136
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
298 230
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
314 223
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
375 524
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers

27
299 162
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ChristopherKeel added Moses Malone Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

28
249 211
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

29
161 141
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

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30
174 103
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tom-charbono added Dennis Rodman Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

31
151 78
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
nir-einess added Peja Stojaković Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

32
120 165
Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Bobby Dandridge Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

33
226 274
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Shawn Marion Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

34
190 230
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

35
76 84
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Billy Cunningham Philadelphia 76ers

36
181 174
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
112 28
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

38
72 101
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

39
213 454
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Metta World Peace Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

40
101 114
Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
NaroSlp added Sean Elliott Detroit Pistons

41
107 154
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

42
83 52
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

43
39 72
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
MikeTrujillo added Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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227 429
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Rudy Gay San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies

45
34 60
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Kelly Tripucka Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

46
157 190
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Latrell Sprewell Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

47
129 172
Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Jamal Mashburn Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

48
89 41
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

49
102 45
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
StacyWolfe added Gordon Hayward

50
32 63
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Marques Johnson Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers