25 Greatest Small Forwards In NBA History


5. Julius Erving
Greatest Small Forwards

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
24.2 50.6 23.6

The high-flying Dr. J entered the NBA after a brief and successful ABA career that saw him capture two ABA championships. He operated on his opponents offensively and still held his own on the defensive end.

 

4. Paul Arizin
Greatest Small Forwards

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
22.8 42.1 19.7

Ten time NBA All-Star  and one-time All-Star game MVP, Arizin was a dynamic force in the 50s for the Boston Celtics, providing both scoring and rebounding for the franchise on a consistent basis.

3. Larry Bird
Greatest Small Forwards

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
24.3 49.6 23.5

The Hick from French Lick may not have looked the part of an NBA legend but was every bit the powerhouse on the court as any player to ever play on planet Earth. With an immense basketball IQ, it was only Bird’s misfortune that he shared an era with the incomparable Magic Johnson.

2. Kevin Durant
Greatest Small Forwards

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
27.0 49.3 25.2

Despite the misguided concerns about his weight entering the league, Durant has cemented his place as one of the best players in league history. With the ability to score from anywhere on the court and an ever-increasing appetite on the defensive end, Durant figures to be a problem when he returns to action this upcoming season.

 

1. LeBron James
Greatest Small Forwards

Points Per Game Field Goal % PER
27.1 50.4 27.5

Outside of the most unreasonable interlocutors, LeBron James is either regarded as the greatest or second greatest basketball player of all-time. Combining a devastating combination of size, basketball IQ, court vision and passing ability – LeBron is an absolute nightmare match-up for most players. He is fully capable of and does play multiple positions on both ends of the floor.

 

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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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