Basketball 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
3,143 3,477
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets
2
7,139 2,454
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers
3
5,513 1,968
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Boston Celtics
4
2,006 1,744
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers
5
3,904 1,728
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle Supersonics
6
2,110 1,572
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic
7
3,364 1,538
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls
8
1,685 1,147
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Los Angeles Lakers
9
1,402 920
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Boston Celtics
10
2,035 1,255
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
1,243 689
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors
12
996 824
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets
13
1,497 816
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
tbb911 added Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns
14
1,646 776
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors
15
1,507 362
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
little JP Tokoto added Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs
16
1,484 1,204
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets
17
708 668
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
wiabux added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks
18
810 354
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
lauren-charbono added Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets
19
911 593
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors
20
1,045 625
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
ZachCarlson added Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers
21
918 655
Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons
22
461 545
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
JohnWade added Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz
23
657 129
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets
24
253 93
Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
Philadelphia Warriors
25
367 422
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Small Forwards of All Time
mkeith.peel added Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets