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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
1,423 463
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Lakers

2
1,119 468
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Milwaukee Bucks

3
1,190 556
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors

4
1,045 453
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors

5
852 316
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Oklahoma City Thunder

6
587 392
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Minnesota Timberwolves

7
500 294
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

8
414 282
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Rusty Shackelford added Philadelphia 76ers

9
547 425
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

10
325 277
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Boston Celtics

11
245 208
Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Lorenz Sioson added Los Angeles Lakers

12
209 179
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Los Angeles Clippers

13
143 128
Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Samael Chao added Utah Jazz

14
186 239
Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Washington Wizards

15
153 193
Rudy Gay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
San Antonio Spurs

16
178 228
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Dallas Mavericks

17
227 303
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Golden State Warriors

18
288 502
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Houston Rockets

19
50 34
Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Charlotte Hornets

20
41 36
Kevin Knox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
New York Knicks

21
108 135
Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
arnas added Phoenix Suns

22
133 223
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Utah Jazz

23
119 165
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Phoenix Suns

24
70 146
T. J. Warren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
JakeHum added Phoenix Suns

25
100 147
OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Small Forwards
Toronto Raptors