best small forwards

The small forward position has witnessed a lot of talented players and the list just keeps on getting longer. Here are the 7 best small forwards of all time.

LeBron James

Born on 30th December 1984, LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. It is very likely and obvious for him to be here on the list. With four NBA titles, Finals MVPs, 18 All Stars and so much more, LeBron has set a bar for the upcoming basketball players and aspirers. He stands 2nd in scoring and 7th in assists. His rebound position is 38th and his blocks are 93rd.  

Larry Bird

Born on 7th December 1956, Larry Bird is another great player to admire. He has won three NBA titles, three MVPs, 12 All Stars and a list of other similar titles ahead. He stands 36th in scoring and 44th in assists. His rebound position is 55th and his blocks are 159th. The legend turned 66 last year and it is believed by his fans that he can still beat everyone in a shooting contest.

Kevin Durant

Born on 29th September 1988, Kevin Durant is just 34 years old and stands in the top 5 of this list. It is amazing that someone as young as Kevin is considered one of the best small forwards of all time. He has two NBA titles, two finals MVPs, 12 All Stars, more than five All NBA 1st team selections and much more. He stands 21st in scoring and 117th in assists. His block position is 94th and 136th in the rebound.

Julius Erving

This former American professional basketball player was born on 22nd February 1950. A 72-year-old man, he comes from East Meadow of New York, U.S. Erving has one NBA title, one MVP, 11 All-Stars and others. He stands 74th in scoring and 215th in rebounds today. His position in steals is 49th while in blocks is 51st. He has shown great transitions throughout his career and will be considered the greatest basketball player of all time in the history of basketball.  

Elgin Baylor

Born on 16th September 1934, Elgin is one of the oldest and the greatest players in this list of great small forwards of all time. Throughout his career, Elgin played for 14 seasons being a forward in the NBA team. He won several awards including ‘All NBA team’, ‘NBA Rookie of the year award’, ‘the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award’ and more. He has 10 All NBA 1st team selections and 11 All-Stars. He stands 27th in rebounds, 33rd in scoring and so on. Although Elgin died on 22nd March 2021 in Los Angeles, fans remember him every year in their prayers and hope for his peaceful resting.

Scottie Pippen

Born on 25th September 1965, this former American Basketball player is 57 years old and an amazing small forward of all time. He has more than five NBA titles, seven All-NBA selections, eight All-Defensive teams and others. He stood 7th in steals, 35th in assists, 64th in scoring and 90th in rebounds. His block position is 110th. He was a fierce player in the entire Basketball history and highly competitive.  

John Havlicek

A really “back-in-the-day” old player born on 8th April 1940, John Havlicek set the basketball bar really high. He played for the Boston Celtics and won more than seven NBA championships by now. His two positions were very popular among everyone back then- Small Forward and Shooting Guard. He has eight NBA titles, 11 All-NBA selections, 13 All Stars and a list of other accomplishments. He stands 17th in scoring, 37th in assists and 74th in rebounds. A fun fact, he is one of just the four total players with eight championships in basketball history. 


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