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The Best Current NBA Small Forwards 

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Updated June 25, 2020 32k votes 4.4k voters 39.5k 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, Greece

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, California

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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#30 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #5 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #13 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

3
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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, D.C., United States of America

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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5
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale, California

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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#68 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #71 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #17 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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

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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#91 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #83 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #41 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

7
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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#340 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #68 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #66 of 98 The Most Likable 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, New York

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
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Indianapolis, Indiana

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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#21 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #167 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #51 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 12 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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#125 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #157 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #28 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA 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, South Carolina

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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#351 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #73 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #84 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

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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#932 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #85 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #272 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Shooting guard and Small forward from Happy Valley, Australia

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

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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Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added Small forward and Shooting guard from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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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Joe Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard / Small forward from Chelan, Washington

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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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Shooting guard and Small forward from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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20
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward and Power forward from Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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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#329 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #13 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #63 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

21
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Forward from Bellwood, Illinois

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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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Guard and Small forward from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Number: 11

Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more

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

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Number: 22

Caris Coleman LeVert (born August 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Small forward from Baltimore, Maryland

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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