For the 2014-20 season, you must have seen how the NBA small forwards are living up to the expectations from their fans. Some have come through while others are still struggling to meet those expectations. The performance of some has warranted the notice of the NBA fans and congratulations are in order, especially with the advanced stats, team chemistry and overall individual play. However, to be fair, some have met with injuries while others have to consider that their aging legs aren’t up to par anymore. For the most part, though, several on this list have given their best and so it is worth mentioning which ones are currently in the forefront while we wait on others to pick up their pace. A good NBA small forward is ready and able to play extraordinary defense and shoot the ball at a high-scoring level. He will hold an elite position in the league, aspiring to be like some of the great forwards that historically played the game of basketball. A player with superb caliber like this will go on to make history in the playbooks.
The position of NBA small forward has players who are multi-talented and have lifted their respective teams to successful game wins. Several of these players are NBA championship mentions, some top MVP candidates and others holding a memorable position in the minds and hearts of their fans for specific plays made during various games. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, two superstars will always be mentioned in many conversations like this one if they keep playing at such high level. The 10 basketball players that made the lists of outstanding 2014-15 NBA small forwards are indeed not afraid to go the extra mile to help their teams win basketball games and at the same time, showing why they are the best.
10 Luol Deng
Many people gave up on Luol Deng because of his poor performance during the half-season played with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But, he is not done yet. Though, he didn’t have such good numbers during the 40 NBA games that he played while in Cleveland, it shows now with his current performance that this was just an ill-fated union for Deng and the Cavaliers. He played well while he was with the Chicago Bulls before going to Cleveland, putting up average numbers like 16 points, 2.5 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game. In Cleveland, his points dropped to an average of 14.3 with 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists each game.
9 Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza’s average numbers are in close comparison to Deng and Batum. The Washington Wizards depended on Ariza more than the Rockets do now. In his defense, the Houston Rockets won’t completely rely on him as there are other players who have the ability to help the team. In Houston, Ariza will provide the wing defense that is needed in replacement of Chandler Parsons. However, the Rockets pretty much have the boards covered, but will need Ariza to hit three-point shots in the corner of the court as he did so well while he was in Washington.
8 Nicolas Batum
Standing at 6-foot-8, Nicolas Batum gets the edge over Trevor Ariza because he is a better-rounded player for a team that needs him so much. His height, wing span and long arms allow him to rebound the ball and play the passing lane better than his teammates. Many people often overlook him because of his pricey contract and it doesn’t do any better that he shares the limelight with players like LaMarcus Aldridge. However, the Blazers need Batum’s defense ability to be taken seriously.
7 Chandler Parsons
6 Gordon Hayward
5 Rudy Gay
Although, Rudy Gay can be a one-man team sometimes, concentrating on making his shot rather than what is necessary for a team win, he helped the Sacramento Kings look like a respectable team last season. The Toronto Raptors also benefited from his average 19 points per game and 38% shooting from the field. In Sacramento, he averaged 20 points per game and 48% shooting from the floor.
4 Kawhi Leonard
3 Carmelo Anthony
2 Kevin Durant
1 LeBron James
Well, we all knew it would come down to the king grabbing the number 1 spot. It’s no surprise. He gives 100% on most nights and is always the difference maker. Although, he has gone back to the Cavs, his game has not changed that much. With Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving as his supporting cast, LeBron will do just as well as he did with the Miami Heat. He is in line for another title. It’s going to be his to take. After a rough start to the season, he and his Cavs appear to be trending towards contender status as was expected of them.
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