NBA Power Rankings: Best 30 Small Forwards of All-Time (Updated)

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Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball while being guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball while being guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Updated June 30, 2015

Of all the positions in basketball, the small forward position is the most intriguing one of the five. It requires a rare mix of athleticism and size — players that have the speed of guards, but the size of forwards.

It is here where we’ve seen some of the most remarkable, athletic, and magical players in basketball history. They push the human limits and challenge what we think is “possible” from an athletic standpoint. The position has been revolutionized several times over as players become increasingly athletic and dominant.

Nowadays, it’s not enough just to be athletic — you have to be fundamentally skilled as well. Players who can put up points in the blink of an eye, lockdown defenders that make opponents’ lives a living hell, ballhandlers and playmakers that make point guards redundant.

From legends like Larry Bird and John Havlicek to Scottie Pippen and LeBron James to James Worthy and Elgin Balyor, these are the top 30 small forwards in NBA history.

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