NBA’s Fab Five: Small Forwards

September 17th, 2010 by Brandon Neal Leave a reply »
After being inactive for six months, I figured there was no better time than now to continue my positional rankings.  Looking over the two guard positions, there isn’t much I would change for my honorable mentions, but the top fives stay the same.

With that established, it’s time for our small forwards to step under the microscope.  Since Larry Bird dominated the position in the 1980′s, it feels like we’ve been searching for that next legendary player; one that can do anything on the court.

Scottie Pippen was close, and pre-injury Grant Hill produced a game that led many to believe he was the next big thing.

Fortunately, we may have found two, and they stand out among the five best small forwards in the NBA.

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat (29.7 PPG on .503 FG, 7.3 RPG, 8.6 APG)

Word is, there has not been a forward in the NBA that has racked up more assists per game than James.  Yes, that includes Larry Legend, who averaged an astounding 7.6 assists in 1987.  LeBron’s combination of strength and speed makes it difficult for anyone to defend him one-on-one, and his passing ...

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