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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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1,614 615
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Lakers
2
1,303 514
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors
3
1,352 573
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks
4
1,013 350
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Oklahoma City Thunder
5
1,432 626
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors
6
678 465
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves
7
582 390
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
8
493 376
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Philadelphia 76ers
9
594 525
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
10
372 356
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
11
299 280
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Los Angeles Lakers
12
282 221
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Clippers
13
281 350
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors
14
179 181
Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Utah Jazz
15
210 269
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Dallas Mavericks
16
182 235
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs
17
204 284
Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards
18
318 568
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Houston Rockets
19
72 67
Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets
20
71 66
Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks
21
136 165
Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added Phoenix Suns
22
147 253
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz
23
114 158
P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Houston Rockets
24
116 174
OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors
25
127 195
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Phoenix Suns