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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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1,430 468
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Lakers

2
1,127 472
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks

3
1,052 456
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors

4
1,195 561
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors

5
856 320
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Oklahoma City Thunder

6
590 397
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves

7
506 299
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

8
418 287
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Philadelphia 76ers

9
551 430
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

10
327 283
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

11
251 210
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Los Angeles Lakers

12
212 183
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Clippers

13
147 131
Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Utah Jazz

14
158 195
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs

15
189 242
Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards

16
181 232
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Dallas Mavericks

17
232 307
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors

18
294 504
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Houston Rockets

19
53 36
Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets

20
46 36
Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks

21
112 136
Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added Phoenix Suns

22
135 223
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz

23
120 165
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Phoenix Suns

24
71 147
T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
JakeHum added Phoenix Suns

25
101 149
OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors