The other position in the wing tandem is the small forward, which is usually interchangeable in most regular lineups with the shooting guard position. Unlike point guards, whose primary job is to distribute the ball, or power forwards and centers, whose primary job is to rebound the ball and protect the paint, wings come in all shapes and sizes, usually displaying their ability with their quickness, agility, and overall versatility.
Some great small forwards in history did it all.
For example, arguably one of, if not the greatest Celtics legend of modern time, Larry Bird was one such player, averaging a very impressive 24.3 points on 49.6 field goal percentage, 37.6 3-point percentage, 88.6 free three percentage, as well as 10 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game.
He could literally do it all, and during his career as both a player and a coach, he did.
Between winning three NBA championships, three MVP, two Finals MVP, one All-Star Game MVP, one Rookie of the Year award, and three Three-Point shootout wins, as well as 12 All-Star, nine All-NBA first team, one All-NBA second team, three All-Defensive second team during his playing time, and being named one of the NBA's 50 best players and NBA coach of the year in 1998, his resume is more impressive than 99% of all players past and present.
His only real failing is his failing to win a championship as a coach, and his inability to construct a great team as the Indiana Pacers' President of Basketball Operations.
At Larry Bird's retirement party, longtime rival and friend 'Magic' Johnson said, "Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird."
Indeed there will never be another Larry Bird, and he has truly set the bar high, but with some great small forwards coming through this year, he could one day be joined by another great small forward from this era.