Small forwards are similar to shooting guards, but you can think of them as more versatile players. Small forwards can fill a variety of roles on a team, from being dynamic scorers to lockdown defenders and everything in between.
|IMPORTANT: The small forward is known as SF and the number three in our diagrams.|
Small forwards can adapt easier than shooting guards because they have more weapons in their arsenal. A typical small forward has a diverse set of skills that helps the team in many aspects of the game-they can get rebounds, score points, handle the ball, assist their teammates, and much more. Like other players on the team, small forwards should be great at playing offense and defense.
Ideally, small forwards should be quick enough to stay in front of shooting guards, but strong enough to defend a power forward in the post. These are players who can help the power forwards and centers defend the rim.
It is important to realize, though, that small forwards do not have to have all these skills. Some small forwards are used to do one specific job, such as defending the opposing team's scorer, even if it means playing a defender who isn't as good at scoring.
Small forwards should have strong numbers in the following statistics:
Here are some of the best small forwards of all time to play basketball in the NBA:
Here are some of the top small forwards in the 2018 NBA season: