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! 
list ordered by

1
208 132
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

2
288 98
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Boston Celtics

3
118 59
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

4
103 50
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Los Angeles Lakers

5
83 51
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

6
63 36
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

7
53 24
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
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8
75 31
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

9
73 28
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

10
41 29
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

11
72 33
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

12
57 23
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Chicago Bulls

13
42 25
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

14
46 23
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

15
23 21
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

16
33 22
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

17
29 21
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

18
29 21
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

19
31 30
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

20
33 30
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

21
25 24
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

22
14 26
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

23
14 17
Paul Pressey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

24
2 3
Chuck Person is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics

25
8 17
Rodney McCray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
bigulcards added Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

26
8 20
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

27
8 21
Greg Ballard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Washington Wizards, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors