NBA The Best Small Forwards of the 70s  

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List Rules Vote up the best small forwards that played in the NBA during the 1970s

Small forward is arguably the most challenging position in all of basketball. It Requires the speed of a shooting guard with the power of a power forward. It requires brains and brawn in order to become one of the greats. When you're looking for the best 70s small forwards, this list has a bunch for you to look through! Check out this list of best 70s NBA small forwards and vote for your favorites, and vote down the forwards from the 70s you don't think stack up. 

Whether looking at the great Connie Hawkins, Bernard King or the fantastic Bill Bradley, there are plenty of the top 1970s NBA small forwards for you to look through! Many of these greatest NBA small forwards of the 1970s have gone on to enter the hall of fame, and it's easy to see why!

So take a look at this list of the best 1970s SFs from the NBA and vote for your favorites! Then check out some of our other sports lists to see where your favorite players stack up! 

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100 13
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

2
52 16
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

3
59 23
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Rick Barry New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

4
40 14
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

5
46 19
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Bernard King Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

6
44 19
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Elgin Baylor Los Angeles Lakers

7
33 13
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

8
36 19
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Connie Hawkins Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

9
19 8
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Bob Love New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

10
25 14
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Billy Cunningham Philadelphia 76ers

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19 9
Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Lou Hudson Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

12
25 15
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Adrian Dantley Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

13
21 14
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Marques Johnson Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

14
13 8
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Gus Johnson Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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15 11
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Bill Bradley New York Knicks

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14 12
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Walter Davis Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

17
10 9
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Jerry Sloan Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Bulls

18
16 18
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

19
8 10
Randy Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Randy Smith Atlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers

20
6 11
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Paul Silas Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

21
1 12
Joe Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Joe Caldwell Atlanta Hawks, St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons