Ranking the 30 Starting Small Forwards in the NBA

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Ranking the 30 Starting Small Forwards in the NBA
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All good things must come to an end and sadly so must this ranking of the league's top starters at their respective positions.

Here's the 30 top starting point guards, power forwards, shooting guards and centers for some background and reference.

Today we finish off with the 30 top starting small forwards where I was surprised to note that there was a surprising limit on quality, all-around players. Most of the players that play this position are either some of the best scorers in the league or some of the league's top defenders with only both being combined on rare occasions.

With the top three small forwards all possibly rounding out the top seven players in the league, there was a certain deal of elite status near the top of this list, but there was definitely a significant drop-off before you even reached No. 5. It turns out that finding a quality small forward is one of the more trying tasks behind finding a quality center.

Aside from being the top scorers and defenders, small forwards also have the benefit of possessing some of the league's best athletes. Some of the aerial assaults that we have seen these players put on have given way to some of the best highlights in the game's history.

Let's finish this series off with a bang by putting out another controversial list of the league's top small forwards.

You can follow John Friel on twitter @JohnFtheheatgod

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