Top NBA Small Forwards of All Time
Lebron james is the greatest small forward of all time and his career is not close to being over! To start lebron is a 2 time nba champion 2 time nba finals mvp 4 time regular season mvp (will probably finish with 3 or 4 more) he is the most physically gifted player he can play pg sg sf pf c he's that versatile his career stat line is 28 pts 7.5ast 7.5reb that's crazy he can easily average 40pts a game but he chooses not to one of his best traits is to be an incredible playmaker and make others around him a lot better its no discussion he is by far the best sf and he's only 28 yrs old!
Larry was a power not a small. Back to back 60 win seasons without another allstar on the team. He had to play great so that the cavs could win 120 games and great for each and every win. Then back to back mvps.
What the king all the way larry bird is not even a small he is a power best scorer and best passer on this list and he is the youngest on this list he is going to get that ring to be one of the greatest or the greatest.
He is better than larry bird in every way. People just don't want to admit it
The hardest working player of all time. The most clutch player... EVER! Even better then M.J. he once told Xavier McDaniel where he was going to take the last second shot from before hand and it still didn't matter... Larry hit it in his face anyways. One word " LEGEND "
The best small forward ever! Possibly the greatest all-around player ever period. He has a 29-11 head-to-head record vs Jordan, and 9-0 in play-off games.
Larry Bird is not only the best small forward of all time but also the best overall player of all time! Guy was amazing!
Larry Legend easily in the top 15 players of all time. After MJ and Magic, Bird is the best all around player of all-time.
Dr. j... only player ever! with 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 2,000 steals, 2,000 blocks!..16 years, 16 all star games, 16 playoff appearances, 16 1,000 plus points seasons, 4-time mvp, 3-rings, 2-all star mvp.. most admired, best showman, greatest in open court, greatest flyer/dunker EVER!
Kevin Durant is only on his 5th season and he's leading the NBA in scoring. He is still young and still has so many years ahead of him. Hands down he is simply a scoring machiene. You can put anyone on hi anf no one can stop him. He also is extremly versatle. Think about it he's a 6 10 SF but dribbles as great as a PG. The funny ting is we haven't seen have of what he's going to do. So if you see Lebron as king sory, because the Durantula taking his place on the throne!
Kevin Durant should be a bit higher than Pippen because Pippen was mainly a defensive Small Forward but can still score but Durant can do anything basically he is a good defender, a good shooter and Durant is only young and still has a lot more to do and is mainly in his prime if not a 5 probably a 6 because Durant is way better than Pierce
Scottie Pippen is top 3 all time EASY. I could argue him at #1. Arguably best all-around defensive player all time, (defense wins championships). A better scorer in his prime than his career stats show. A versatile player who could run an offense similar to a point guard. Arguably the second best player in the league for years, and the ALl-Star MVP in Jordan's absence. Chuck Daily said Scottie was the second best player on the original Dream Team. Scottie could D-UP any other player on this list.
I would go as far as to say Pippen is the most skilled and versatile SF of all-time. He had an insane b-ball IQ, point guard handles and court vision at 6'8 and could run your offense. He scored in every way imaginable. Had a low/high post game with footwork and counters that most other SFs (past and present) could only dream of. He had a great midrange game with one of the best bank shots you'll ever see. He developed a three point shot during the middle of his career and was deadly with the pull-up three. Most of all he was a great slasher, could finish at the rim with either hand and dunked over big men with a nastiness unrivaled.
And then we get to defense where he was absolutely one of the best of all-time. Whatever there was to be done on defense he did it...ball-hawking players full-court, playing passing lanes and was always a league leader in steals, blocking shots (was doing chasedown blocks when Lebron was in elementary school lol), going all over the court playing ...more
Why is the best perimeter defender of all time number 6? Sure he wasn't a lights out scorer.. Yet he could do everything you could ever want out of the 3 spot
Unfortunately, Elgin played in the days before every game was taped and then replayed endlessly. Elgin was the original prototype for today's small forward.
He also had the highest season scoring average in the history of the NBA of anyone not named Wilt Chamberlain.
Yes, that is correct, his best season average is higher than MJ's best, but Elgin did it in 1962, the same year Wilt averaged over 50.
Nobody ever checks to see who came in "second" in scoring average.
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Should be around #6
This dude was seriously close to being the best there ever was. before his body started deteriorating in his prime he was the most versatile player to ever play the game, there was literally nothing this man couldn't do. but he'll just have to settle for the best that never was, and a good to fair chance of making it into the hall of fame eventually.
A defender's nightmare in the early 00's...opposing coaches couldn't come up with any stragety to help their team defend this guy