2015-16 Legend Grows Small Forward Rankings
The Small Forward position had fewer players with a PER of 20 or higher than any other position with only Durant, James, Leonard, and Anthony finishing north of 20 in PER last season. Among the top Small Forwards you will find some of the most versatile two-way players in the game.
1-Lebron James, Cavs
His back may be giving him trouble and he is now high mileage, but he is still the best in the world and he’s number one in these standings until Kevin Durant takes his throne.
2-Kevin Durant, Thunder
Played in only 27 games last season, but had a PER higher than Lebron. He is the greatest scoring machine in the league and looks to be past the foot issues. It’s only a matter of time until he overtakes Lebron.
3-Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
He’s the best defender on this list and the only one with a chance to stop the guys guys ahead of him. His offensive game continues to develop and he will take on a larger and larger role and Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker continue to phase out.
4-Paul George, Pacers
According to the Pacers new offense, George is a Power Forward now, but he plays the same, but guards taller guys. Prior to his injury George was in the discussion of Top 5 in the NBA, for now he is behind only the Defensive Player of the Year, and the best two players in the world.
5-Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Yes, he’s entering his 13th season and yes, he’s coming off a knee injury, but Melo is still a top wing scorer and game changing talent. In a position light on top challengers, Anthony checks in at number 5.
6-Rudy Gay, Kings
Entering his 10th season, but still only 29, Gay has consistently been one of the top scorers among all Small Forwards. It’s funny how playing for 3 teams in 2 seasons has a tendency to make people forget about you, but Gay is still among the elite at the position.
7-Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves
Last year’s Rookie of the Year made his presence known immediately and will be a force in the league for years to come. Once his jumper gets a little more consistent and he gets more efficient, he will be deadly. In the meantime he’s number 7 on my list.
8-DeMarre Carroll, Raptors
After a breakout season last season as possibly the most important player on the Hawks last year, Carroll got paid this offseason by the Raptors. He’s a top perimeter defender, efficient offensive player and consistent shooter.
9-Chandler Parsons, Mavs
Parsons has average only 70 games per year for a variety of minor injuries and is coming off off-season knee surgery, but his consistent outside shooting touch and solid defense help him make this list.
If it’s whose done the most in his career, it’s Deng. If it’s who’s going to have the most productive season, it’s Gallinari. If it’s about which player is the most exciting with the most upside it’s Antetokounmpo.