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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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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari is an Italian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He is 2.08 m in height and 102 kg in weight ...more
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Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
Corey Jae Crowder (born July 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the son of former NBA player Corey ...more
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P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors
Anthony Leon "P. J." Tucker, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA.
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Terrence Ross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Orlando Magic
Terrence James Elijah Ross is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more
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T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
JakeHum added Phoenix Suns
Anthony "T. J." Warren, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Originally from Durham, North ...more
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Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Mert Pekmezci added
Tyreke Jamir Evans (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more
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Justin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks
Justin Aaron Jackson is an American basketball player.