In my analysis, I rank the top 10 small forwards to ever play in the NBA, allowing for all eras. This includes players who spent parts of their careers in the ABA. My goals are the following:
Full Career Perspective
I am taking into account the full careers and accomplishments of the players. For active players, I rank them as if they were retiring today, making no predictions about future accomplishments or development. I account for a balance of individual accomplishments and contributions to team accomplishments.
To be as objective as I can be, I have chosen a simple ranking system up front that weighs players' accomplishments. The rankings are the following:
NBA All-Star Game Selections: 1 point each
All-NBA First Team Selections: 2 points each
All-NBA Second Team Selections: 1 point each
All-NBA Defensive First Team Selections: 2 points each
All-NBA Defensive Second Team Selections: 1 point each
NBA Regular Season MVP Awards: 6 points each
NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards: 3 points each
NBA Titles: 2 points each
NBA Finals MVPs: 4 points each
NBA Rookie of the Year Award: 1 point
NBA Scoring Titles: 1 point each
I am not counting All-NBA Third Team selections for anything because they have not been around long enough.
The Robert Horry Exception requires a player to be a full-time starter on his team to count for NBA titles.
The Voter Randomness Exception grants players three points (half of an MVP) if they came top three in the MVP voting at least once in their careers. You could also think of this as the Elgin Baylor Exception.
The Era Exception allows me to make a judgment call between two players of different eras who are within 5 points of each other.