Tag:LeBron James
Posted on: August 8, 2009 7:08 pm

Top 10 Small Forwards in the NBA

1. LeBron James 6-8 Cleveland Cavaliers

Analysis: Clearly the best at age 24. Led his team in scoring every year in the league. The current league MVP and arguably the best player in the league. Fills up the stat sheet night after night.

2. Carmelo Anthony 6-8 Denver Nuggets

Analysis: Didn't have his best season statistically. But Anthony improved overall as a player. Anthony became a reliable 3pt shooter, a better defender, and had the best post season of his carrer.

3. Kevin Durant 6-10 Oklahoma Thunder

Analysis: Averaged over 25 pts per game in his second year in the league. Despite people complaining about his small frame, he has become a very productive player. He should've been the #1 pick in the 2007 draft.

4. Danny Granger 6-9 Indiana Pacers

Analysis: Most Improved Player in the league and one the best scorers at the 3. Averaged over a steal and almost a block and a half last season. Can create his own and is an underrated defender.

5. Paul Pierce 6-7 Boston Celtics

Analysis: Would probably be #3 or #2 on many people's list, but is very overrated to me. Yes he is a very clutch player and one the league's best players with the ball in his hands, but when he doesn't have the ball on offense he doesn't do much. Last year in the playoffs he struggled to defend John Salmons and looked the paul pierce of 2005 on the defensive end.

6. Caron Butler 6-8 Washington Wizards

Analysis: A very underrated player around the league. Averaged 20.8 pts, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. Plays the passing lanes well. With the Wizards healthy look for Butler to return to the all-star game.

7. Hedo Turkoglu 6-10 Toronto Magic

Analysis: Awesome postseason performance earned him a big contract with the Raptors. He made clutch play after clutch play. He was Orlando's best offensive player. He shoots the well, is a decent rebounder, and a great passer at the 3.

8. Ron Artest 6-8 Los Angeles Lakers

Analysis: The league's best defender at the small forward position. Shot almost 40% from the 3pt line last season. Will fit in perfectly with Kobe and the Lakers.

9. Richard Jefferson 6-7 San Antonio Spurs

Analysis: Averaged 19.7 points and shot over 39% from the 3pt line. Will propel the Spurs back into the championship conversation.

10. Rudy Gay 6-9 Memphis Grizzles

Analysis: Regressed in the 2008-2009 season, but was still solid averaging 18.9 pts per game. Look for him to improve in his 4th year in the NBA.

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