25 Greatest Small Forwards In NBA History

15. Chris Mullin
Chris Mullin

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
18.2 50.9 18.8

Famed member of the Run TMC trio, Chris Mullin was an undersized small-forward capable of getting is his shot off in an array of different ways. Though largely forgotten in the pages of NBA history, fans that watched him play need no convincing of his greatness on the court.

14. Alex English
Alex English

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
21.5 50.7 19.9

Not exactly coming into the league with high expectations, Alex English was taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft. He would go to become an eight-time All-Star, be selected to three All-NBA Second Teams, and one scoring title.

13. James Worthy
James Worthy

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
17.6 52.1 17.7

Casual fans may know Worthy as a “guy that played with Magic Johnson”, Worthy was part of the reason of that Magic was so effective on the court as a play-maker. As undeniable as Magic’s talents were, without high IQ and skilled players to dish the balls to, Johnson would have been forced to take on a very different role.

12. Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
24.8 46.1 21.6

The high-flying wing will always be remembered for his spectacular dunks but the forward was a dynamic scorer in his own right and was the closest thing to an on-court rival that Michael Jordan ever experienced.


11. Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
19.7 44.5 19.7

Not the strongest or the fastest, Paul Pierce combined his physical tools with an intimate knowledge of the game and his finely tuned skills to be an effective scorer in the league. Pierce maintained interest in the Boston Celtics franchise for years before he finally got the necessary help to win it all.

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4 thoughts on “25 Greatest Small Forwards In NBA History

  1. Aguirre should be higher. Guy could shoot from anywhere, drive, play with his back to the basket, play strong, and still passed well.

    1. He was a one dimensional SF in the golden age of SFs. Dominique was better, Pippen was better, Dantley was a better scorer, Schrempf was a better all around player, Bird was miles and miles better, Dr J was way better, Worthy was better… he was maybe the 7th best SF of his generation.

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