Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the court in both offensive and defensive situations.
Meet The Small Forward (SF)
Also known as a wing player, the small forward is like the shooting guard, but slightly more versatile. Like the shooting guard, the small forward shoots the ball mostly from outside the three-point line. The small forward is known as player 3 when referring to play diagrams.
Goals And Job
There are few important statistics that define how good a small forward is:
We'll learn more about basketball statistics in future tutorials.
Top NBA Small Forwards Of All Time
- Larry Bird
- Julius Erving
- Kevin Durant
- Scottie Pippen
- Rick Barry
PRO TIP: You may notice that some basketball players are listed under multiple positions. Like we mentioned before, the player positions are slightly archaic and the roles on the court often overlap. It is not uncommon for a player to be good at multiple positions. The term swingman refers to a player who can play both the small forward and power forward positions.
2017-18 NBA Small Forwards
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
- Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks