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Who is the best small forward of all-time?

My contribution to today’s ESPN 5-on-5 is probably going to be less controversial than Dan’s take on the shooting guard position yesterday, here it is nonetheless. Today’s questions dealt with small forwards. I struggled with who to pick for the best SF of all time. Larry Bird? Scottie Pippen? Elgin Baylor? LeBron James? All guys I gave some consideration to before settling on …

Patrick Hayes, Piston Powered: It might already be LeBron James, but I’d like him to finish his body of work before making that pronouncement. So I’ll go with Julius Erving, not only for his statistical accomplishments, but for his cultural impact, pioneering the artistry and athleticism the small forward position is known for today.

Anyway, plenty of room for debate on these questions, but play nice down there (you know who you are). Here are the five questions:

  • 1. Who’s the best small forward in the NBA today?
  • 2. Who’s the most underrated small forward in the NBA?
  • 3. Who’s the most overrated small forward in the NBA?
  • 4. Who’s the most promising small forward in the NBA?
  • 5.  Who’s the best small forward of all time?
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