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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
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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward and Power forward from West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America
2
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Roosevelt, New York, United States of America
3
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Paris, France
4
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America
5
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington, D.C.
6
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
-1456044967143 added Small forward from Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America
7
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from New York City, New York
8
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
9
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Hamburg, Arkansas, United States of America
10
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
11
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York
12
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan
13
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois
14
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Shooting guard and Small forward from Pineville, North Carolina
15
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
16
Kiki Vandeweghe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Wiesbaden, Germany
17
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Shooting guard and Small forward from Berkeley, California, United States of America
18
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Power forward and Center from Anderson, South Carolina
19
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
20
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward and Power forward from Leverkusen, Germany
21
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America
22
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Charlotte, North Carolina
23
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Power forward from Kinston, North Carolina
24
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
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Chuck Person is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Small forward from Brantley, Alabama