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
4,751 1,778
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

2
3,752 1,462
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

3
2,307 2,093
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
1,424 1,034
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

5
1,517 883
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
2,369 1,291
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
2,247 1,169
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
1,175 697
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

9
1,022 570
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

10
1,406 746
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
703 407
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
815 439
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
1,031 462
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

14
935 523
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tbb911 added Vince Carter Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

15
744 145
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
507 337
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
1,028 758
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
653 313
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
426 124
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
657 364
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
642 357
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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22
328 270
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
233 161
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
323 260
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
346 251
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
186 105
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
409 586
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Andre Iguodala Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers

28
341 192
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

29
271 239
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Robert Horry Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

30
220 126
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
179 164
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
141 189
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
215 253
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

34
246 305
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
87 106
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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36
200 193
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
103 66
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
slaft added Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

38
173 50
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

39
155 65
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

40
236 476
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Metta World Peace Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

41
88 117
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

42
114 131
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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43
116 173
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

44
141 65
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
StacyWolfe added Gordon Hayward

45
173 205
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

46
246 455
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

47
47 92
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

48
137 190
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

49
139 119
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
devenharris24 added Kyle Korver Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

50
35 81
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