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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1
227 163
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

2
351 105
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Boston Celtics

3
127 79
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

4
113 69
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Los Angeles Lakers

5
90 60
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

6
66 45
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

7
61 31
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
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8
47 35
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

9
86 38
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

10
89 35
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

11
51 28
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

12
43 29
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

13
76 36
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

14
65 26
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Chicago Bulls

15
25 24
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
37 25
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

17
33 25
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
32 34
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

19
17 30
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

20
36 34
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
32 24
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

22
26 28
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

23
14 21
Paul Pressey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

24
9 24
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

25
9 21
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