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Earlier today I was browsing around the internet trying to find a clever idea I could write about for you guys. I came across a piece on Huffingtonpost.com about the top 10 NBA small forwards. I clicked on it almost certain that he left Chandler Parsons off the list. After I went through the list I came to the conclusion that he got the list almost exactly right.
Here is the list of the top 10 NBA small forwards according to Jordan Schultz Of Huffingtonpost.com:
- LeBron James
- Kevin Durant
- Carmelo Anthony
- Paul Peirce
- Josh Smith
- Nicolas Batum
- Rudy Gay
- Chandler Parsons
- Kawhi Leonard
- Danny Granger
I’m not even going to touch the top 3, that’s just a given. Not only are they the top 3 best small forwards, they’re also the top 3 best players at this point in the year.
Paul Peirce even at his age is still one of the better players at his position. He still racks up 20 points a night. He may have slowed down a bit, but he will still be on this list for at least couple more years.
The only problem I have with Josh Smith being on this list is that I think he will become a power forward when he eventually leaves the Atlanta Hawks. I would also take him over Pierce at this point.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Nicolas Batum, but as of right now Rudy Gay is the better player. Outside of LaMarcus Aldridge Batum is the Portland Trail Blazers second option. On the Memphis Grizzlies they run a more team oriented offense where Gay, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph share opportunities. I believe if Gay was in Batum’s spot he would be putting up better numbers.
The bottom three is where I have the biggest problem. He has Parsons as the 8th best small forward, but as of now I have him as the 9th best behind Danny Granger. Why he has Granger behind Kawhi Leonard baffles me, as he doesn’t even average 10 points a game.
Parsons should be honored to even be in the top 10 of any position in the league. He may be at the bottom of that list now but I think in a year or two he will be at least top 5 at his position. Peirce will either be retired are not nearly as good as he was. Smith and Carmelo will be legitimate power forwards at this point and Granger will be on some old legs inching closer to the mid-30’s in age.
Parsons has more than over-achieved in his rookie season and so far this season. He’s one of the better defensive players in the league and his shot will only get better as he adjusts to the NBA three-point line throughout this season. He has also become an amazing slasher, playmaker and ball handler. The sky is the limit for this young man and he will only go up from here.