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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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1,592 585
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Lakers
2
1,260 499
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors
3
1,318 557
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks
4
1,397 617
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors
5
992 345
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Oklahoma City Thunder
6
665 456
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves
7
574 372
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
8
483 362
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Philadelphia 76ers
9
591 508
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
10
367 345
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics
11
291 270
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Los Angeles Lakers
12
274 213
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Clippers
13
276 340
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors
14
209 263
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Dallas Mavericks
15
175 175
Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Utah Jazz
16
179 230
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs
17
313 558
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Houston Rockets
18
202 279
Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards
19
71 63
Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets
20
68 63
Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks
21
132 163
Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added Phoenix Suns
22
146 250
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz
23
113 155
P. J. Tucker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Houston Rockets
24
116 170
OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors
25
127 191
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Phoenix Suns