The Greatest Small Forwards In NBA History

Shamarie By Shamarie, 27th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3yx6_k62/
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We look at my NBA Mount Rushmore of Small Forwards. Yours may be different, but you will have to agree that these are four of the best to have ever played the position.

Small Forward

The small forward, colloquially known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game and is commonly abbreviated as "SF". The small forward position is considered perhaps the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. Small forwards are primarily responsible for scoring points, defending and often as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center.

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LeBron James

LeBron James is arguably the greatest small forward to have ever played in the NBA. With a combination of size, speed, power, and court awareness, LeBron James is almost impossible to stop on the court. Nicknamed “King James”, he is not only the face of today’s NBA, but also the only NBA player that can guard all five positions. LeBron James has won two NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has also been selected to 11 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.

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Larry Bird

Larry Bird, “The Hick from French Lick”, is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players ever. His toughness, smarts, shooting ability, and the will to win earned him the respect from his peers during his 13-year tenure pro career. A ruthless competitor and great trash talker, Larry Bird could win a basketball game at any given night. He rejuvenated the NBA with his epic rivalry with “Magic Johnson” in the 1980s. Larry Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three consecutive times (1984–1986). He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. Larry Bird also won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics with the Dream Team.

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Dr. J

Dr. J revolutionized the NBA with his spectacular slam-dunks, amazing athleticism, and playground creativity. He was the biggest superstar in the league during the 1970s and served as an ambassador for professional basketball with class and dignity. Slam-dunkin' from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests made him a legend in the NBA. Dr. J was an 11-time NBA All-Star, the 1981 NBA Valuable Player, and an NBA champion. He was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. Dr. J is credited for ushering in the modern era of basketball.

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Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen was one of the most significant members of the Chicago Bulls that won six championships in the 1990s. A great defender, and one of the most versatile small forwards ever, Scottie Pippen ran the court like a point guard, attacked the boards like a power forward, and swished the nets like a shooting guard. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star the 1994 NBA All-Star Game MVP, and the only person to have won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice (1992, 1996). Because all his greatest successes came with Michael Jordan, there is a tendency to either overrate or underrate Pippen. If Scottie Pippen had led the 1994 Chicago Bulls or the 2000 Portland Trail Blazers to the championship, he would be more respected as a basketball player.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th May 2015 (#)

I would argue with your choice of Pippen. He was great, but the opinion here is that Elgin Baylor surpassed him. Great post Shamarie. I really enjoy these articles.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th May 2015 (#)

Shamarie, as you know and as I've said before I love basketball. I hope the cavaliers go all the way this year. LeBron is simply awesome. There are so many good players though. Thanks for sharing such a great article.

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author avatar Shamarie
28th May 2015 (#)

@ Steve: Yes, Elgin is great! I have Scottie up there for the rings he won with Mike.

@ Nancy, LeBron is awesome! He is definitely one of the greatest ever!!!

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author avatar Retired
28th May 2015 (#)

Awesome post!

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author avatar Shamarie
28th May 2015 (#)

Thanks, CM!!! I hope you have a great day!!!

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