|Top 10 Small Forwards|
|Written by Mark Grey|
10. Tayshaun Prince - One of the game's most underrated players, Prince is a true jack of all trades. Prince can play with his back to the basket or facing it. His long arms make it almost impossible to get around him on defense and he is a great weak side shot blocker. Tayshaun can shoot the three or beat his man off the dribble and always seems to make the big plays in the big games.
9. Rudy Gay - Gay is very athletic and has long arms. After the Gasol trade last season, Gay showed he is capable of leading a team in scoring. He does a great job of moving without the ball and can dunk from just about anywhere in the paint. Gay is also a solid rebounder.
8. Rashard Lewis - Will he ever live up to his huge contract? No, but he is still a very good player. He is a pure shooter and because of his height, can get his shot off whenever he likes. He is not at his best with his back to the basket, but is better than you would expect from a player with his frame. He does a great job of attacking the basket and is at his best as the second option on offense.
7. Danny Granger - Last season was a breakout one for Granger. He showed that he is a legit 20 point a night guy. Granger is a great slasher who knows how to finish at the rim. He has improved the range on his jumper and has become a pretty good three point shooter.
6. Shawn Marion - The true definition of a small forward, Marion can do it all. Because of his long arms, he is able to pester both guards and forwards on defense. By far the best rebounding small forward in the league, and maybe the best shot blocking small forward too. Marion is able to hit three pointers and play in the paint. Nobody gets up and down the court faster than him and he can fly with the best of them.
5. Ron Artest - One of the best defenders in the league. Because of his abnormal strength and quick feet, he can guard every position on the floor besides center. While Artest is most known for his defense, he is still a 20 point a night scorer. Artest is a nightmare on the block for just about every small forward in the league and if you don't get a hand in his face, he will surely knock down a three pointer. If it weren't for his mental issues, Artest would be one of the most complete players in the NBA.
4. Caron Butler - After being a star in college, Caron is finally coming into his own in the NBA. With Gilbert Arenas going down last season, Butler picked up the slack and showed he can lead a team. Butler is one of the best slashers in the league and his defense is underrated. He has range on his shot, and is very good off the dribble. The best part about Butler is that he is still getting better.
3. Paul Pierce - The only knock there ever was on Pierce was that he wasn't a winner. With a finals MVP under his belt now, I guess we can scrap that. He can drive, spot up, and post his defender up. He showed last year he can play defense when in the right system, as he played as good a defense on Kobe as anyone can. He is starting to get up there in age, but is still one of the best doing it.
2. Carmelo Anthony - One of the most complete scorers in the NBA, Melo can beat his man with his back to the basket or facing it. He is a lot stronger than most realize and knows how to finish around the basket. He has great range on his jumper and is not shy about showing it. When the game is on the line, he wants the ball and has shown he knows what to do once he gets it. His defense is a work in progress to say the least, but he is still young.
1. LeBron James - The future of the NBA. LeBron is unstoppable when he attacks the rim. He is stronger than any perimeter defender in the league and has an explosive first step. His jump shot might not be great, but it is improving. With his great court vision and ability to score at will, he is the best small forward in the NBA.