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The Best Current NBA Small Forwards  

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List Rules Only active small forwards playing in the 2017-18 NBA season, based on their performance this year. No retired or collegiate players.

Who are the best small forwards currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the greatest small forwards playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of the best current shooting guards and greatest point guards in NBA history, along with the most clutch NBA players today. Having an awesome small forward gives any NBA team a huge advantage. It's a deep position, one often filled by a true leader.

Outstanding small forwards who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George come to mind immediately). Don't forget about the 2018-2019 rookie SFs, like Troy Brown Jr., Miles Bridges, Mikal Bridges, Chandler Hutchison, and Kevin Knox.

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are lightning fast players who manage to effectively defend the perimeter. These small forwards are expert ball handlers who are able to cut to the paint and shoot from the wing.

Vote for the current small forwards that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of SFs in any order you want.

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Leonard, a 6-ft 7-in, 230-lb small forward, played ...more
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more
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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors
Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more
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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Indiana Pacers
Paul Clifton Anthony George is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. George played high school ...more
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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Chicago Bulls
Jimmy Butler III is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college basketball for Tyler Junior ...more
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Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
Jayson Christopher Tatum (born March 3, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of St. Louis, Missouri, ...more
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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Philadelphia 76ers
Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz
Gordon Daniel Hayward (born March 23, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of college ...more
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Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Detroit Pistons
Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more
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Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Brandon Ingram New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Los ...more
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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (born October 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college basketball ...more
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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Utah Jazz
Joseph Howarth "Joe" Ingles is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Australian ...more
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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Memphis Grizzlies
Andre Tyler Iguodala (born January 28, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA ...more
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Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added
Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (born December 9, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Oubre played one season of college ...more
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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets
Miles Emmanuel Bridges is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State ...more
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Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Kevin Knox New York Knicks
Kevin Knox II (born August 11, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
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Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Sacramento Kings
Rudy Carlton Gay Jr. (born August 17, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'8" small forward ...more
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Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards
Otto Porter, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more
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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent and last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more
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Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (born December 14, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The small forward played ...more
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OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Ogugua "OG" Anunoby Jr. (born July 17, 1997) is a British professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
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Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Memphis Grizzlies
Joshua O'Neal Jackson (born February 10, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari (born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After spending his first four ...more