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
256 189
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets
2
412 113
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Boston Celtics
3
153 93
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic
4
132 86
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Los Angeles Lakers
5
102 73
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets
6
78 58
Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz
7
76 40
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
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8
110 44
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets
9
56 47
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers
10
113 41
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
93 42
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors
12
33 30
Walter Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets
13
56 37
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons
14
48 37
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets
15
77 33
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Chicago Bulls
16
44 32
Larry Nance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers
17
42 31
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
37 39
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
21 37
Kelly Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons
20
40 41
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
35 29
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets
22
32 32
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
12 28
Robert Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets
24
17 27
Paul Pressey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks
25
10 8
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers