Ranking the Top 10 Small forwards in NBA history is no easy task and no active players are not eligible for this list.
10) Alex English
English was one of the most prolific scorers of the 1980s and he amassed over 25,000 points for his career. He was quiet and smooth on the court.
9) Scottie Pippen
One of the best small forwards defensively in NBA history. Pippen was the playmaker and defensive specialist for the Chicago Bulls Dynasty that won 6 NBA Titles. Pippen may have been the best sidekick in NBA history.
8) Adrian Dantley
Dantley was a big-time scorer and could score on anyone from the low post. Dantley shot an amazing 54% from the field for his career, which is really impressive considering he averaged over 30 PPG four times in his career.
7) James Worthy
Big game James was just that as Worthy was his best in the clutch. 1988 Finals MVP, 7x All-Star, the 1988 Finals was Worthy’s shining moment as he led Showtime to a seven-game series win over the Bad Boys from Detroit.
6) Dominique Wilkins
The Human Highlight film was more than just a dunker. When you think of the Hawks you think of Dominique, there are too many teams where when you think of the team everybody thinks of the same person. His career stat-line 24.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG is certainly deserving to make this list.
5) Rick Barry
Everybody who played against Barry hated Barry, he was a fierce competitor and his career stat line is impressive 24.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.9 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG. He led the Warriors to the 1975 upset win over the Washington Bullets to give Golden State their first-ever title.
4) John Havlicek
Hondo was a part of 8 NBA Championship teams and he was a leader on and off the floor. Hondo finished his career with 13 All-Star appearances, 11 All-NBA selections, eight All-Defensive selections, and the 1974 Finals MVP.
3) Julius Erving
Over his first five seasons as a pro, Erving dominated the ABA, averaging 28.7 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.4 steals, and 2.0 blocks. In 11 NBA campaigns, Dr. J made 11 All-Star teams and seven All-NBA teams. He won the league MVP in 1980-81 and led the Philadelphia 76ers to their most recent title in 1982-83. Dr.J won the ABA dunk contest in 1976 and that is what really made the dunk contest a huge thing in the NBA.
2) Elgin Baylor
During his first 7 seasons, Elgin Baylor averaged 30.2 points and 15.4 rebounds. In 1961-62 alone, he put up an eye-popping 38.3 points and 18.6 rebounds. Baylor was revolutionary as he was the first player to really play the game in the air.
1). Larry Bird
No doubt on the number one small forward as Larry Bird was one of the greatest shooters and passers in NBA history. Bird made everyone around him better, in 1980 when he arrived in Boston the Celtics were coming off one of their worst seasons ever. Bird got them to the Eastern Conference finals his first year and the Celtics were NBA Champions by his second season. Over his 13-year career, Bird piled up 12 All-Star selections, 10 All-NBA selections, three All-Defensive selections, three NBA championships, three league MVPs, and two Finals MVPs.