With our Top 10 Centers and Power Forwards are in the books we are here to line up the Small Forwards. This is one of the most exciting positions to rank. Check out how the rankings went and let us know what you agree or disagree with.
Our contributors again are (Me, Ron, Martel, Nate, Tyler and Rohit). Tyler is a contributor over at FWO365 and Rohit is the EIC over at MettaChronicals. Check out their sites and show them some love we appreciate them helping us rank the players this year.
Note: We are putting the player name, team, points and what their rank was last year. (Maximum about of points that can be earned is 60)
10. Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets, 10 pts (NR)- Chandler Parsons is one of my favorite players in the NBA so I may be a little biased. Parsons is a jack of all trades, and will only become a better player playing alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard. Parsons who in my opinion is the best bargain of the NBA. Parsons who makes a meager $850,000 has exceeded expectations since entering the NBA. People may not know too much about Parsons now, but the more the Rockets will be on national television they will see how nice Parsons is. Ron
9. Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets, 15 pts (4th)- Pierce is the og of his position. Probably one of the best small forwards of all time, Pierce shows that he still has a lil something left in the tank. He might not be able to dominate for a whole game any more but he still proves to be virtually unstoppable in spurts. Martel
8. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, 19 pts (7th)- On the offensive side of the ball Iguodala won’t have to do too much with the Splash Bros. (Curry and Klay), Barnes and David Lee. Where he’ll be counted on most is on defense, likely defending the opponents premier play maker. Nate
7. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, 20 pts (NR)- Leonard made this list on the great playoffs he had this year. Leonard guarded the best player(s), rebounded the rock, hit timely shots and attacked the rim (ask Mike Miller). He posted multiple double double games in the NBA Finals If he rides the momentum of the playoffs into next season he may be a lot higher on the list next year. JT
6. Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls, 21 pts (8th)- I have a certain sense of empathy every time I see Luol Deng play. It could be the first minute of a game and I already feel bad for him. This has nothing to do with him as a player, but more about what the Chicago Bulls expected from his last season. He averaged 16.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG last season, essentially the same as his career numbers. And while those numbers might not scream the $14 million he’s set to make this upcoming year, just watching how hard he plays for a relentless coach like Thibodeau makes him worth the money.
Deng came into last season without a fully-healed left wrist (ligament). The long season took a toll on him as he had to burden more of the load with Rose out, leading to him falling sick in the playoffs and dealing with spinal tap complications (botched lumbar puncture). Deng averaged 39 mpg during the regular season, and almost 45 mpg in the five postseason games he played in. His minutes on the court are way too high and the main culprit for the late-season injury struggles. With Rose back and defenses focused on him, and guys like Butler and Noah continuing to improve, let’s hope that Thibodeau can finally give Deng a breather. Watching him do as much as he does for Chicago is tiring enough. Rohit
5. Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors, 24 pts (5th)- Gay might be a little high on this list after his former team the Grizzlies made the Western Conference Finals after trading him mid season. He is one of the most talented at his position. There isn’t anything he can’t do well on the court but this season will mean a lot to him can he turn the Raptors around? If so he may have an argument to move up the list. JT
4. Paul George, Indiana Pacers, 35 pts (NR)- Paul George became a household name after having stellar playoffs. George, who is only 23 will only improve and will have a target on his back this upcoming season. Now that he is the best player on the Pacers we will see how he will handle the expectations of being the top dog on a top team in the NBA. Ron
3. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 50 pts (3rd)- Anthony Is the most versatile scorer in the league. He can score any where on the court with a deep arsenal of moves. He won his first scoring title last season and he looks to be primed to add a few more. He’s defense has improved and he’s become a better all around player and teammate. Martel
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 52 pts (2nd)- SniperJones35 was a monster last year, lighting up the court any and every which way. With a healthy return by Westbrook and the hopeful emergence of Jeremy Lamb as a solid contributor KD will carry the Thunder back to the top of the Western Conference. Nate
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat, 60 pts (1st)- Second year in a row being at the top of the list and second year in a row being an NBA Champion, just like he said, “He ain’t got no worries”. JT
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