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Ranking Top NBA Small Forwards

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A brief ranking of the Top-5 Small Forwards in the NBA

Approaching the mid point of the 2016-2017 NBA season, let’s take a look and rank the Top-5 small forwards in the NBA.

5. Paul George

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Paul George just doesn’t seem to be any better. In fact, he appears to be worse. Nevertheless, I still can’t put a declining Carmelo Anthony over PG13. George is averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists and all of those averages are down from last year. However, the two-way all-star is having his best all around shooting campaign of his career. Never to doubt that the Pacers leader isn’t a great two player, but his lack of improvement has put him at a place where he shouldn’t be on this list.

 

4. Giannis Antetokounmpo

I can’t even fathom that this is a 22-year old kid. The Greek Freak’s ceiling is at a place that nobody can even see. Standing every bit of 6’11, Giannis really is a freak of nature. Boasting a 26.5 player efficiency rating while averaging 23 points, near 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, there is no doubt he is a future superstar and the cornerstone for the Milwaukee Bucks along with Jabari Parker (who will soon find a place on this list). With Antetokounmpo running the show and Jabari along side, the future for the young Bucks is very bright.

 

3. Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi has done everything to hush the “system player” label. Now I may not be willing to call him the best two-way player in the league just yet (as that title belongs to another player on this list) Kawhi is surely on his way. Scoring at a career-high rate and maintaining his reputation as the best defender in the Association, Leonard has the Spurs looking prime to make another late playoff push with the corn-row killer (trademark that) leading the way. Seriously, when is he going to lose the corn-rows???

 

2. Kevin Durant

While I may despise the Warriors, I can’t deny the greatness of Kevin Durant. As efficient as they come, Durant is undoubtedly the best scorer of our generation and seemed to find his way as a defender as a member of Steve Kerr’s team. In a typical season, Durant may be the front-runner for an MVP award, but unfortunately for him, his old teammates are putting up historical seasons. Averaging 26 points, 8 boards, and 5 assists, Durant and the rest of the crew has Golden State in a great position to make it back to the Finals.

 

1. LeBron James

I really shouldn’t have to elaborate on this. At 32, LeBron isn’t just the best small forward in the NBA, he’s the best all around player in the league and is showing no signs of slowing down. Bron is the best two-way player I was talking about and there isn’t any real debate over that. King James is filling up the stat sheet like King James always has by averaging near 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. Let’s face it, LeBron is the most athletic and smartest player in the NBA. It really is his world, we’re all just living in it. The Cavs may be struggling, but they’ll find themselves in the Finals unless something catastrophic happens, and we all know that is where LeBron James really comes to play.

 

 

 

 

p.s.

The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.