Wing of Greatness: The 10 most unstoppable small forwards of all time

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9) Rick Barry

When discussing the greatest small forwards in NBA history, Rick Barry certainly deserves a
spot in the conversation. With one NBA title, one Finals MVP, and five All-NBA 1st Team selections,
and eight All-Star appearances, Barry's accolades speak volumes about his impact on the

Statistically, Barry's ranking in scoring (73rd), assists (120th), and steals (130th) may not immediately stand out, but his versatility on the court was unmatched during his era. Standing at 6-foot-7, Barry was an excellent scorer from the wing, known for his ability to shoot off the dribble, finish around the rim, and handle the ball effectively.

One of Barry's most distinctive features was his unconventional granny-style free-throw shooting, which drew attention but should not overshadow his overall skill set. He excelled not only as a scorer but also as a playmaker, rebounder, and all-around contributor on both ends of the floor.

Barry's ability to do everything well made him a pioneer among NBA wings, showcasing a level of versatility that was ahead of his time. Despite briefly leaving the NBA to play in the ABA during his prime, Barry's impact and legacy in the league remain significant.

Rick Barry's combination of scoring prowess, playmaking skills, and all-around contribution cements his status as one of the greatest small forwards in NBA history. His legacy as a trailblazer for modern wing players is a testament to his enduring impact on the game.