The Future of the NBA’s Small Forward Position Is in Very Good Hands

December 4th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

If there's a position that has rivaled the importance and volume of the point guard pool in recent years, it's the NBA's small forward platoon.

Five of the last seven MVP awards have been handed to those who predominantly play the 3. Three of the last four NBA Finals MVPs have gone to small forwards. The one that didn't went to Andre Iguodala at the end of the Golden State Warriors' championship run last season, and he still split his time between the 2 and 3 slots.

The best player in the world, LeBron James, is counted as a small forward. He has paved the way for many more star 3s who, like him, serve as the focal point of an offense. And it's small forwards who are most commonly tasked with defending the opposition's toughest scorer.

Will this obvious importance hold true in the years to come, as the game continues to evolve and the Association welcomes in a new batch of talent? Or are the NBA's small forward ranks, much like its shooting guard caste, at risk of entering a decline?

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman and yours truly are back on the case, pulling back the curtains on the future of the small f ...

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