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The Best Current NBA Small Forwards

Updated June 25, 2020 33.7k votes 4.6k voters 41.2k views47 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Paul George1
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    Paul George

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplacePalmdale, California

    Number13

    Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Kawhi Leonard2
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    811

    Kawhi Leonard

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States

    Number2

    Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo3
    2,167
    828

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionSmall forward / Guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Number34

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Kevin Durant4
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    857

    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

    Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • LeBron James5
    2,388
    1,020

    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionSmall forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

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  • Jimmy Butler6
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    683

    Jimmy Butler

    Miami Heat

    PositionShooting guard / Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number21

    Jimmy Butler III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Khris Middleton7
    198
    105

    Khris Middleton

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionSmall forward, Forward

    Age29

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Number32

    James Khristian Middleton (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Jayson Tatum8
    936
    660

    Jayson Tatum

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward

    Number0

    Jayson Christopher Tatum (born March 3, 1998) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Tobias Harris9
    536
    413

    Tobias Harris

    Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionPower forward, Small forward

    Age28

    BirthplaceIslip, New York

    Number34

    Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Brandon Ingram10
    584
    471

    Brandon Ingram

    New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina

    Number14

    Brandon Xavier Ingram (born September 2, 1997) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bojan Bogdanović11
    99
    63

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Number44

    Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born April 18, 1989) is a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ben Simmons12
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    Ben Simmons

    Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionPoint guard/forward

    Number12

    Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Luka Dončić13
    42
    6

    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionGuard, Small forward

    Number11

    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joe Harris14
    78
    35

    Joe Harris

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionShooting guard / Small forward

    Age24

    BirthplaceChelan, Washington

    Number12

    Joseph Malcolm Harris (born September 6, 1991) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • Danilo Gallinari15
    107
    96

    Danilo Gallinari

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionSmall forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceSant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

    Number8

    Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born August 8, 1988) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • Jaylen Brown16
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    592

    Jaylen Brown

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard

    Number7

    Jaylen Brown (born October 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Gordon Hayward17
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    850

    Gordon Hayward

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Number20

    Gordon Daniel Hayward (born March 23, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Michael Porter Jr.18
    59
    28

    Michael Porter Jr.

    Denver Nuggets

    PositionSmall forward

    Number1

    Michael Porter Jr. (born June 29, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Caris LeVert19
    57
    28

    Caris LeVert

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio

    Number22

    Caris Coleman LeVert (born August 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.20
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    Kelly Oubre Jr.

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionSmall forward, Shooting guard

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    Number3

    Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (born December 9, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Robert Covington21
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    Robert Covington

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionSmall forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceBellwood, Illinois

    Number33

    Robert Covington (born December 14, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • De'Andre Hunter22
    47
    18

    De'Andre Hunter

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    De'Andre James Hunter (born December 1, 1997) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • Miles Bridges23
    169
    201

    Miles Bridges

    Charlotte Hornets

    PositionSmall forward / Power forward

    Number0

    Miles Emmanuel Bridges is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets... more on Wikipedia
  • Eric Gordon24
    41
    32

    Eric Gordon

    Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Number10

    Eric Ambrose Gordon Jr. (born December 25, 1988) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • J. J. Redick25
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    24

    J. J. Redick

    New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceCookeville, Tennessee

    Number4

    Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia