The small forward position in the NBA is home to the three best players in the game today. Undoubtedly, LeBron James is currently the best basketball player on the planet, with Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony right behind him.
Here were our preseason Top 10 small forwards:
10. Caron Butler
9. Gerald Wallace
8. Luol Deng
7. Danny Granger
6. Rudy Gay
5. Paul Pierce
4. Andre Iguodala
3. Carmelo Anthony
2. Kevin Durant
1. LeBron James
After an MVP season by LBJ, a historic shooting season by Durant, and ‘Melo getting the scoring title, you can say these are the top three players in the league.
With that being said, here’s the rest of our Top 10 small forwards of the 2013 season.
10. Ersan Ilyasova: 13.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46 FG%, 79 FT%
Ilyasova is quietly making a name for himself in this league and is a huge trade piece for the Milwaukee Bucks, as he has already been rumored to be a possible trade pick for the Bucks to move into the lottery section of the upcoming draft. Ilyasova is a good shooter and rebounder and has been a great success story for the Bucks.
9. Nicolas Batum: 14.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.9 APG, 42 FG%, 84 FT%
Batum is quickly becoming one of the better “do-it-all” players in the league. He can play the guard spot also and can flat out shoot the lights out of the ball, as well as rebound and make some nifty passes. He is a building block for a Blazers team that is looking to get back into the playoff hunt.