80s Sports The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s  

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List Rules Vote up the best small forwards that played in the NBA during the 1980s

Small forward is arguably the most challenging positions in all of basketball. Requiring 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. If you're looking for the best 80s small forwards, this list is perfect for you! Take a look at this list of the top 1980s NBA small forwards and vote for the ones you like! Don't think someone should be on this best NBA SFs 1980s list? Vote them down!

One can't talk about the best SFs of the 80s and 90s without bringing up the legend, Larry Bird. but there are plenty of others as well! Clyde Drexler is considered to be one of the greatest NBA small forwards of the 1980s, as is the estimable Detlef Schrempf. With this list of NBA small forwards from the 80s, you really can't go wrong.

So take a look at this list of 1980s small forwards and vote for your favorites! Then take a look at some of our other lists across the decades and see how your favorites stack up! 

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

2
261 88
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Larry Bird Boston Celtics

3
103 54
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

4
90 46
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers

5
76 44
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Bernard King Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

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59 29
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Adrian Dantley Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

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66 24
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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49 18
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
-1456044967143 added Alex English Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

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59 24
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

10
61 29
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Chris Mullin Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

11
50 21
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
George Gervin Chicago Bulls

12
35 21
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

13
41 20
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

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36 26
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Marques Johnson Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

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20 17
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Walter Davis Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

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29 15
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

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27 20
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Larry Nance Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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28 26
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Jamaal Wilkes Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

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23 19
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Bobby Jones Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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30 29
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Detlef Schrempf Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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21 21
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Cedric Maxwell Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

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Paul Pressey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Paul Pressey Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

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Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Kelly Tripucka Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

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1 2
Chuck Person is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Chuck Person Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics

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8 17
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Robert Reid Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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6 15
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
bigulcards added Rodney McCray Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

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7 18
Greg Ballard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Greg Ballard Washington Wizards, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors