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The Best Current NBA Small Forwards 

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Updated November 6, 2019 31.1k votes 4.3k voters 38.1k 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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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Point forward from Athens

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

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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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

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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#14 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #161 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #2 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Washington

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

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
Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 29

Number: 13

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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#100 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #30 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

6
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Houston

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 30

Number: 21

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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#92 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #29 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #74 of 150 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever

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Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards

Teams: Boston Celtics

Number: 0

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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#36 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #71 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Islip

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Age: 27

Number: 34

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
9
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Brandon Ingram Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Number: 14

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
10
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 12

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) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Indianapolis

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 20

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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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Jaylen Brown

Teams: Boston Celtics

Number: 7

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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#713 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #53 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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Khris Middleton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Forward from Charleston

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 28

Number: 32

James Khristian Middleton (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Porter-Gaud ...more

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#581 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #106 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Shooting guard and Small forward from Happy Valley

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 32

Number: 2

Joseph Howarth Ingles (born 2 October 1987) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Australian national ...more

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Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added Small forward and Shooting guard from New Orleans

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Number: 3

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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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Springfield

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 35

Number: 9

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) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Sant'Angelo Lodigiano

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 31

Number: 8

Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more

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Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Ames

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Age: 27

Number: 40

Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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#518 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Forward from Bellwood

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 29

Number: 33

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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Joe Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard / Small forward from Chelan

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 24

Number: 12

Joseph Malcolm Harris (born September 6, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Number: 0

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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22
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Baltimore

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Age: 33

Number: 8

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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#400 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #46 of 61 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

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Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards

Teams: New York Knicks

Number: 20

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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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard and Small forward from Mostar

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 30

Number: 44

Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born April 18, 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Age: 42

Number: 25

Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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