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The Best Current NBA Small Forwards 

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Updated November 6, 2019 30.6k votes 4.3k voters 37.4k views 47 items

List Rules Vote up the top small forwards in the league today.

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). 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 Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments ...more

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of ...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
Brooklyn Nets
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
Los Angeles Clippers
Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college ...more

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Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
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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
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Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
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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) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Jaylen Brown
Boston Celtics
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Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Philadelphia 76ers
Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers. He played one season of college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers before ...more

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Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
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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Khris Middleton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks
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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added
Utah Jazz
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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Memphis Grizzlies
Andre Tyler Iguodala ( ig-wə-DAH-lə; born January 28, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was ...more

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Oklahoma City Thunder
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Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added
Phoenix Suns
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Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs
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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets
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Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves
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Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Sacramento Kings
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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz
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Joe Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Brooklyn Nets
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Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks
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Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards
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