The Top 10 NBA small forwards
1. LeBron James
2. Kevin Durant
3. Kawhi Leonard
4. Paul George
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
6. Jimmy Butler
7. Draymond Green
8. Carmelo Anthony
9. Khris Middleton
10. Rudy Gay
Lebron James is widely considered to be the best basketball player in the world and has been for several years now. He is a physical freak of nature, standing at 6’8″ and 260 pounds with a wingspan that stretches almost 7 feet. He is incredibly strong, fast, and explosive. His combination of size, speed, and power is unprecedented in the NBA. He is also an unbelievable passer and has great Court Vision He is an elite defender as well and has won 2 NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. He is a 2-Ime Nba champion and has won 4 MVP Awards (2 regular season 2 finals). Lebron James is the definitive best small forward in the NBA today
At 6’9” and 240 pounds, Kevin Durant is one of the tallest and heaviest small forwards in the NBA. He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 and quickly became one of the best players in the league. In his second season, Durant averaged 25 points per game and was named to the All-Star team He has won many awards, including the NBA MVP Award in 2014.
Now that we’re a quarter of the way through the NBA season it’s time to take a look at the top 10 small forwards in the league. This spot was difficult to fill because there are a lot of good players at this position. But after much deliberation, we have our list.
In at number 10 is Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors Leonard has been playing very well lately and is averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists per game He is also shooting 50% from the field and 37% from three-point range
At number 8 is Jimmy Butler of the Philadelphia 76ers. Butler is averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game. He is shooting 47% from the field and 32% from three-point range.
Coming in at number 7 is Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics Hayward is averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal per game. He is shooting 51% from the field and 42% from three-point range.
Our number 6 small forward is Danilo Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers. Gallinari is averaging 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal per game while shooting 46% from the field and 38% from three-point range.
Number 5 on our list is Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors Valanciunas is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 56% from the field. He has also been very efficient from three-point range, shooting 42%.
At number 4 is Carmelo Anthony of the Houston Rockets Anthony has been playing very well lately and is averaging 18 points per game while shooting 47% from the field and 41% from three-point range. He has also been grabbing 5 rebounds per game
Paul George is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star and has been named four times to the All-NBA team
Jimmy Butler is an American Professional Basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Houston, Texas, Butler grew up in Tomball and played college basketball for Tyler Junior College and Marquette University Although he was not selected in the 2011 NBA draft Butler joined the Chicago Bulls in 2012, where he swiftly worked his way into the starting lineup He was named to his first All-Star team in 2015, and helped lead the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Playoffs that year. In 2017, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves The following year, he was named to his second All-Star team and helped lead Minnesota to their first playoff appearance since 2004.
Giannis Antetokounmpo nicknamed the Greek Freak is a small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet tall and weighs 222 pounds. He was born in Greece and came to the United States to play basketball at the age of 16.
Antetokounmpo began his professional career in 2013 with the Bucks. He was drafted by the Bucks in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft with the 15th overall pick. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2014. In 2016, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time. He was also named to the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team that same year. In 2017, he was named an NBA All-Star for the second time. He was also named to the All-NBA First Team and won the NBA Most Improved Player Award In 2018, he signed a contract extension with the Bucks worth $100 million over four years.
Antetokounmpo is a two-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA selection. He has also been named to two NBA All-Defensive Teams He is one of only four players in NBA history to receive all of those awards in their first four seasons in the league, along with Lebron James Kevin Durant and Chris Paul
Draymond Green is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 35th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Warriors. Green played college basketball for Michigan State where he earned All-American honors and won a National Championship in 2010. He has been voted to the NBA All-Star game and All-Defensive team three times each.
Green was born on March 4, 1990, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Wallace and Mary Babbs Green. When Green was a toddler, his mother threw out his father’s Basketball trophies because she believed he would not achieve his dreams of becoming an NBA player In just a few years’ time, he proved her wrong by becoming one of the most recruited High School players in Michigan’s history.
High school career
Green attended Saginaw high school As a freshman, he played Varsity Basketball and helped lead his team to a 26–1 record and the Class A Championship game He averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds per game as a sophomore while leading Saginaw to 21 wins overall. As a junior, Green averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game as Saginaw finished 23–1 before losing to eventual state champion Detroit Pershing 53–46 in the Class A semifinals at Calvin College in GRand Rapids As a senior in 2007–08, he averaged 25.5 points and 13 rebounds per game while leading Saginaw to 27 wins against just two losses; one of those losses came against eventual state champion Lansing Eastern in double overtime by just two points (79–77) on January 12 at Lansing Eastern High School’s Don Johnson Fieldhouse when Lansing Eastern rallied from 12 down with three minutes left & went on to finish 26–1 that season while being ranked #1 all season long until they went down to Italian League power arbitration Dante Magnano Virtus Bologna 86-75 on January 19 & ended up ranked 2nd nationally behind only perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson VA) led by future Dukie Nolan Smith who would go on that year as well as current Virginia Cavalier Head Coach Tony Bennett who was then coaching Wahington State). In addition to being named first team all-area & all-conference for the second straight year for his play during the regular season Draymond was also named Saginaw Valley Player of the Year my multiple media outlets (including The Saginaw News) & AP Class A all-state honorable mention as well as wire service Dream Team All-State first team for his play during both the Regular Season & post season even though he fouled out late with 5:41 remaining vs eventual state champ Detroit Pershing after scoring 17 points but committed 7 turnovers including one costly turnover with 45 seconds left that allowed Pershing’s 6’3″ senior PG Pierre Brooks Jr.(now playing hoops professionally overseas)to steal the ball from him at mid court which led directly to Detroit Pershing Junior PF/C Ray McCallum Sr.’s(current Detroit Mercy Titan Head Men’s Basketball coach)game winning layup attempt with 33 seconds left which then resulted in an old fashioned three nt play when Draymond fouled him on the put back attempt which gave Pershing a 51-50 lead which they never relinquished); subsequently that summer prior to his senior year at Saginaw High (as well as after signing with Michigan State), Green represented Team USA at The 2007 Under 19 World Championships held in Novi Sad Serbia where The United States won both The FIBA Under 19 World Championship trophy (for only the second time ever – along with also winning it back in 1979 under then current North Carolina Tarheel head coach Dean Smith when a young Michael Jordan wore #23 for The Red White & Blue Team USA prior to later going Pro) as well as The FIBA World Championship For Young Men trophy (for only the third time ever along with also winning it back 1976 under then current Indiana Hoosiers Head Coach Bobby Knight when another young man by the name of Larry Bird wore #33 for Team USA – ironically enough also from Small Forward U akaThe University of Michigan – prior tp later going Pro after being drafted 6th overall by His Hometown Boston Celtics In 1978 where Bird would go on nexr year during His Rookie Season leading The Celtics to An NBA title over Julius Erving akaDr J & Moses Malone led Philadelphia 76ers 4 games To 3; subsequently followingbird’s graduation form small forward U akaThe University Of Michiganthe following spring where Bird had star fellow classmate Butch Wadey join Him That Next Fall At tiny but mighty Indiana State University Where They Led ISU To Its First Ever NCAA Title Game Appearance Only To Fall victim That Beautiful Night In April ATMN979N At Moscone Center In San Francisco 88To 69 To Magic Johnson Led Michigan Stae University Spartans AKA
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony is one of the best scorers in the NBA, and he proved it again during the 2016-2017 season. Anthony averaged 22.4 points per game making him the sixth-highest scoring small forward in the league. He also shot a career-high 49 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. Anthony is a six-time All-Star and was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2013.
Rudy Gay is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played College Basketball for the University of Connecticut before being drafted eighth overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets he was then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies who were then known as the Vancouver Grizzlies During his first two seasons with Memphis, Gay was primarily a reserve. However, he became a starter during his third season and helped lead the Grizzlies to their first playoff appearance in eight years. For most of his time with Memphis, he played alongside fellow small forward Shane Battier. In 2010–11, Gay was named as an All-Star for only the second time in his career and selected to play in only his second All-Star Game after averaging 19.8 points per game
Iguodala is known for his versatility on both ends of the court. On offense, he’s an excellent passer and shooter, and he’s also a very good rebounder for his position. On defense, he’s a lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions.