The NBA small forward position has some of the most multi-talented superstars in the league. Several of these players have helped lift their teams to experience huge success ranging from deep playoff runs while others have NBA Championship pedigree. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are top candidates for the league MVP on a seasonal basis which makes the power forward one of the most elite positions in the NBA.
As always it would be unfair for us to provide such a ranking solely based the individual metrics and analysis of a single writer. Instead, the writers here at Sports Unbiased have joined forces once again to provide you with our definitive list of the 2015 Top Small Forwards in the NBA.
NBA staff: Jr. Williams, Arnold Glass, Greg Patuto, and Jared Cortes were asked to provide their list of the 2014-2015 top small forwards in the NBA as of right now – here are the results of their selections ranked No. 8 to 1 ( according to calculated votes ).
Top Small Forwards in the NBA 2014 – 2015
8. Josh Smith – Detroit Pistons
Jr. Williams: Within the rage of the top-10 small forwards Josh Smith has been among the more consistent of the bunch, yet he has been under the radar due to the Detroit Pistons lackluster regular season performance. He has an array of offensive weapons, I only wish he would think twice before attempting a three-point shot. During the 2013-2014 regular season, Smith shot an horrific 26.4 percent from the arc, but at the end of the day he is highly capable of contributing impressive numbers in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Smith should have another solid season with the Pistons, unfortunately this team is far from reaching the playoffs.
7. Rudy Gay: Sacramento Kings
Greg Patuto: Rudy Gay is one of the best up and coming NBA super stars. He is a player who was always able to score and play defense, however now he is doing it at an elite level. Averaging 20 ppg last season is only the start of it. Expect Gay to be one of the top scorers in the league this upcoming season.
Jr. Williams: Rudy Gay is a franchise player in my opinion, sadly he hasn’t found the right team to call home. From the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, to Sacramento Kings, Gay has proven himself as a scorer but hasn’t exactly fit the mold as a team player. Offensively he is highly efficient , shooting better than 45 percent from the field. Make no mistake about it, Rudy Gay is an All-Star caliber player who could use some fine tuning in the assist category and may also have to accept his role as the second option on the team. Nonetheless, he is an Olympic Gold winner and one of the top small forwards in the NBA. If healthy, next season will be another great year for Gay.
6. Paul George – Indiana Pacers (Injured)
Jared Cortes: Even after making a name for himself and his Indiana Pacers team the past two years, most people know about Paul George by now due to the gruesome injury he suffered on national television a short while ago. Paul will likely miss the entire upcoming NBA season, but he still ranks in the top-5 small forwards. Defensively he is of the same caliber as LeBron and can put up 20-5-5 on any given night. Paul’s fierce competitiveness in the playoffs also speaks volumes for his leadership ability. He’s a player any team would love to have on their roster.
Jr. Williams: In my eyes Paul George used to be one the top small forwards in the NBA, unfortunately his inconsistent play during the 2013-2014 NBA regular season paired with a disappointing postseason performance has lowered his value in standing among the NBA elite. George has the talent to be a great player but he has to find a way to be more aggressive offensively. I’m not sure I would put much stock in Paul George after watching his previous season performance, however I am interested in seeing how he will approach his comeback from injury — which could be just the motivation he needs to excel to the next level.
5. Chandler Parsons – Dallas Mavericks
Jared Cortes: Chandler Parsons will be taking his talents just a little ways up north as his career will receive new life in Dallas with Dirk and the Mavericks. Houston failed to resign Parsons, one of the most underrated talents in the league, and Dallas came away with a steal. Chandler was originally a second round steal by the Rockets in 2011 and managed to post very respectable numbers the past two years, even while playing behind two of the league’s best players in Dwight Howard and James Harden. Chandler’s 6’9″ frame makes him a sound defender and is perfect for shooting over defenders on the perimeter. It will be a blast to see what Parsons can do in Dallas as Dirk Nowitzki‘s career comes closer and closer to an end.
Arnold Glass: There was a battle between Josh Smith and Parsons for the fifth spot on my list and Parsons won. For the last three seasons Parsons had to be the most underpaid player in the NBA. He is a pure offensive threat no matter what team he plays for. He accumulated stellar numbers as a third option for the Houston Rockets; now that he has signed with Dallas, Parsons might be the first or second option offensively. He’s 25 years-old, so he has time to develop into a more well-rounded player on both sides of the ball, and should have a more secured spot on my top five list.
Jr. Williams: What more can I say about this player, he can flat out BALL. Chandler Parsons has the total package, his style of play and ability to assist are pure poetry on the court. Parsons, along with James Harden and Dwight Howard proved to be a formidable lineup versus any team in the league. Fast forward to the 2014-2015 season where Parson is finally receiving his just-due as a member of the Mavericks. It doesn’t take a genius to realize the Mavs are going to be one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference. Parsons is a perfect fit for this team, I just hope there are enough shots to go around.