For this reason, Pippen lands at number six in our list. Subpar seasons in the NBA, McGrady would join the Orlando Magic, where he went on to average better than 25 points per game for four straight seasons. Standing 6-foot-5, Baylor was a shorter yet powerfully built small forward who could both beat defenders off the dribble and create enough space with a forearm shiver to rain down jump shots from deep. Like the previous two lists, players are only selected if they played as a small forward for most, if not all, of their career. In his twelve-year career, he made 10 All-Star appearances and won a title, the Philadelphia Warriors. Dantley finished his 17-year career as a 2-time scoring champ, a 6-time All-Star, and made the All-NBA team twice. Despite not making the top 25 scoring list, Baylor would be on the list if the three-point shot had been counted during his playing career. On top of his offensive game, Havlicek continued to be a menace on defense. In his 14-year career, Aguirre was a 3-time All-Star and a two-time NBA Champion. And in 1983, with the addition of reigning NBA MVP Moses Malone, Erving added an NBA championship to his trophy collection. In total, Baylor led the Lakers to eight NBA Finals appearances. The Rockets also failed to make much noise in the playoffs as on court chemistry issues prevented them from moving past the Lakers in the first round. Known for several clutch shots in the playoffs, “Big Shot Rob” won an impressive 7 NBA titles in his 17-year career. As a rookie, the young Barry hustled to collect 10-plus rebounds per game before averaging more than nine boards a contest over his next two seasons. Durant is also a 9-time All-NBA member who should be able to crack the top 25 all-time scoring list before his career is finished. That season, he posted 28 points, 8.2 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.2 steals per game. Because of this, Barry adjusted his game and became more of a perimeter shooter and play maker. As he transitioned to the twilight years of his career, Barry continued to revolutionize the game as he shifted to become more of a play maker, giving birth to the point forward position. If you make a request through the WarnerMedia Privacy Center, These promptedthe team to rely heavily on Havlicek in clutch situations, often calling it “Havlicek time”. As LeBron nears the tail end of his illustrious career, we should only continue appreciating his once in a lifetime greatness. Career Averages: 24.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 54.0% FG, 17.1% 3PT, 81.8% FT, Advanced Stats: 0.189 WS/48, 3.1 BPM, 43.7 VORP, Awards: MVP Awards: 0; All-NBA: 2x Second Team; All-Star: 6; Championships: 0. Poetry in motion, we can all picture the Great Doctor and his well-coiffed ‘fro taking flight from the foul line, wrapping around the basket support to finger roll, or skying from the wing to swoop in for the cradle dunk in transition. Career Averages: 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.5 blocks, 50.7% FG, 26.1% 3PT, 77.7% FT, Advanced Stats: 0.178 WS/48, 5.2 BPM, 51.8 VORP, Awards: MVP Awards: 1 (1981); All-NBA: 5x First Team, 2x Second Team; All-Defensive: 0x; All-Star: 11; Championships: 1 (1983). Havlicek is one of the more decorated players on this list. Durant’s legacy will forever be under-appreciated after his move to the Golden State Warriors in 2016, but this cannot discount the fact that KD is one of the most unstoppable offensive players of all time. Stackhouse was one of the more consistent scorers of his era and produced double-digit scoring averages from 1995-2008. Although few fans today know much about Dantley, he is regarded as one of his era’s best scorers. There they faced arguably one of the greatest single season teams in NBA history, the Wilt Chmaberlain led Philadelphia 76ers. The powerhouse Warriors led by Arizin breezed through the league, winning the franchise’s second title and Arizin’s first in a 4-1 series win against the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1956 NBA Finals. While his prime years were with the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets, Battier won two titles as a member of the Miami Heat during the end of his career. He was one of the best defenders in NBA history and complemented this with excellent play making. And despite getting injured midway through the season and playing only 35 games, Barry still led his team to the 1969 ABA Finals. He’s still among the NBA’s best perimeter defenders, but Iggy was also an exceptional scorer early on in his career. The best small forwards dominate the end-to-end action. Copyright © ClutchPoints. For his career, Wilkins averaged more than 25 points per game in ten consecutive seasons from 1984 to 1994. Opposing teams paid tribute to Erving similar to how modern fans did it with Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. In addition to his playoff heroics, Pierce won a championship with the Boston Celtics and ended his career number 15 on the all-time scoring list. Playing in an era where two-handed set shots and slowed down offenses were the norm, Arizin was an anomaly. Since entering the NBA in 2011, we’ve seen Leonard make the jump from rotation player, to starter, to one of the best two-way players the league has ever seen. He made it to the playoffs in nine of his twelve seasons and has gotten past the second round in seven of those playoff appearances. Should George continue his stellar play and produce some team success in addition to his awards, he could push his way into the top 20 on this list. Like Reggie Lewis, Jamal Mashburn’s career was cut short due to non-basketball related reasons. As a shooter, Larry Bird could light it up from all spots on the floor. With that being the case, we’re going to look at the top 10 small forwards ever. As such, Pierce was immediately thrust into a starter role. OrlandoMagic.com's Josh Cohen ranks the 10 best small forwards in NBA history. A four-time All Star and two-time All-NBA selection, Shawn Marion was one of the more unique offensive players, mainly because of his jump shot. Although just a 9.6 points per game scorer in his career, Fox’s impact on winning solidifies his place, in his thirteen NBA seasons, Fox won three world championship titles and played for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. The small forward position has gone through an evolution since the NBA’s beginning days. He finished his career with 30,026 points scattered between the ABA and the NBA which is eighth most all time. Barry retired in 1980 after 10 NBA seasons and 4 ABA seasons. George is one of the better two-way players in the league today and is also a 4-time All-Defensive team member. In his prime with the Atlanta Hawks, Wilkins failed to win any championships with the team. Throughout the regular season, Baylor put up gaudy numbers to the tune of 24.9 points (second in the league), 15.0 rebounds (third in the league), and 4.1 assists (eighth in the league). Bird finally captured three straight MVPs from 1984 to 1986. He also made the All-Star game 5 times and All-NBA team 3 times during his career. Wilkins is also a 7-time All-NBA Team member and averaged 24.8 points per game throughout his career. Given the rate that he’s playing, it’s almost a guarantee that he will end up as being the best defensive small forward when it’s all said and done. The small forward generally scores most goals during a game. In all, Larry Legend compiled 24-point, 10-rebound, and 6-assist per game averages in 13 NBA seasons, all with the Boston Celtics. He also put up 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 48.9% shooting from the field to garner his first All Star appearance as a third year player. On top of that, he has made it to the NBA Finals in nine out of those thirteen seasons, even making eight straight NBA Finals trips from 2011 to 2018.