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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
1,320 372
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Lakers

2
951 432
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks

3
1,066 503
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors

4
932 409
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors

5
735 307
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Oklahoma City Thunder

6
534 351
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves

7
444 251
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

8
361 240
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Philadelphia 76ers

9
523 378
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

10
300 240
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

11
215 169
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Los Angeles Lakers

12
173 159
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Clippers

13
116 104
Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Utah Jazz

14
278 455
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Houston Rockets

15
163 205
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Dallas Mavericks

16
135 168
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs

17
165 210
Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards

18
205 279
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors

19
29 17
Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets

20
64 126
T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
JakeHum added Phoenix Suns

21
24 20
Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks

22
107 145
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Phoenix Suns

23
122 205
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz

24
92 129
OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors

25
67 93
Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Mert Pekmezci added Indiana Pacers