Projecting NBA's Top 10 Small Forwards Heading into 2014-15 Season

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Projecting NBA's Top 10 Small Forwards Heading into 2014-15 Season
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Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the two best basketball players in the world, are both listed at small forward.

In today's NBA, the small forward position represents star power. 

With five of the last six MVP awards, the last five scoring titles and the last three NBA Finals MVP awards, players at the 3 have shown that their position might be the most talent-filled spot in the league.

So let's take a stab at who will populate the list of the NBA's top 10 small forwards in the upcoming season. Naturally, players presumed to be out for the year due to injury, such as Paul George, are not eligible for ranking. 

We'll also look at what each player's statistics could look like in 2014-15. Better statistics will help a player's ranking, but stats don't tell the whole story. A player's defensive ability isn't always accurately quantified by stats, and a player's role within his team may skew his numbers one way or the other. 

And, to clarify, ESPN.com's player profiles will have the final say on a player's position. For example, Carmelo Anthony plays a lot of his minutes at the power forward position, but ESPN still lists him as a small forward. 

Which 3s will rule the NBA hardwood in 2014-15? Flip to the next slide to find out.

 

Honorable mentions: Luol Deng, Danilo Gallinari, Josh Smith, Jeff Green, Nick Young

All stats used are from Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated.

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