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! 
list ordered by

1
107 23
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

2
77 24
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

3
62 18
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Boston Celtics

4
46 15
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

5
52 21
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

6
50 22
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Los Angeles Lakers

7
37 15
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

8
41 19
Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

9
23 8
Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics

10
31 16
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

11
29 15
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Philadelphia 76ers

12
21 10
Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

13
24 15
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

14
16 8
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

15
18 12
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
New York Knicks

16
16 13
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

17
12 10
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Bulls

18
10 12
Randy Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers

19
8 12
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

20
17 23
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Los Angeles Lakers

21
1 15
Joe Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Small Forwards of the 70s
Atlanta Hawks, St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons