Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Timothy Makalinao0
Top 10 Best NBA Small Forwards 2011
Top 10 Best Small Forwards 2011! With small forwards such as Paul Pierce and LeBron James, this list is jam packed with NBA Stars. With great scorers such as Kevin Durant it was hard to pick the order of the Top 10 Best Small Forwards 2011. However, Numeroten presents Top 10 Best Small Forwards 2011! (Playoff numbers included)
10. Shawn Marion – Assists 1.5 – Points Per Game 12.4 – Blocks 0.7 – Minutes 29.1 – Rebounds 6.8 – Steals 0.9 – Games Played 101 – Age 33 – Team Dallas Mavericks
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A 4 time All-Star, Shawn Marion was a surprise contributor at the Mavericks quest to their 2011 NBA Championship. Undoubtably pass his prime, Marion dug deep to help contribute to the team. Giving the team critical points, rebounds, and strong defense throughout the year, showed how consistent Marion could be, and how clutch he is when needed.
9. Andre Iguodala – Assists 6.3 – Points Per Game 13.9 – Blocks 0.6 – Minutes 36.8 – Rebounds 5.9 – Steals 1.5 – Games Played 72 – Age 27 – Team Philadelphia 76ers
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The 9th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, Andre Iguodala had a career high in assists per game this year. One of the best small forwards in recent years, Iguodala had somewhat of a down year in 2011. Even though Iguodala wasn’t as best as he was before, he still helped lead the 76ers to a playoff birth. Iguodala had the 2nd most triple-doubles this year, just behind LeBron James, and is one of the best defensive players in the league. If Iguodala can put all of his talents together in one year, expect him to be a force to be reckoned with.
8. Michael Beasley – Assists 2.2 – Points Per Game 19.2 – Blocks 0.7 – Minutes 32.3 – Rebounds 5.6 – Steals 0.7 – Games Played 73 – Age 27 – Team Minnesota Timberwolves
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One of the best players of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Michael Beasley had a career year. Averaging almost 5 points more than the year before, Beasley’s talents really started to show. The 2nd overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley has gotten better every year. If no injuries hamper him next year, expect Beasley to become an All-Star next year and show he is really one of the best small forwards in the NBA. In the end, Beasley will become a pivotal player if the Timberwolves want to make the playoffs.
7. Loul Deng – Assists 2.8 – Points Per Game 17.3 – Blocks 0.6 – Minutes 39.7 – Rebounds 5.9 – Steals 1.0 – Games Played 98 – Age 26 – Team Chicago Bulls
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Another good player in the Bulls lineup, Loul Deng is another puzzle piece that builds up the Bulls. Having another great year, Deng helped lead the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals, and to having the best record in the NBA. Furthermore, Deng has been called as one of the most underrated players in the NBA. His professionalism, power, and work ethic helps keeps the Bulls together. As the Bulls continue to become more prominent as one of the favorites to win a championship, Deng will surely gain more spotlight as one of the best small forwards.
6. Danny Granger – Assists 2.6 – Points Per Game 20.6 – Blocks 0.8 – Minutes 35.1 – Rebounds 5.4 – Steals 1.1 – Games Played 84 – Age 28 – Team Indiana Pacers
One of the leaders of the Indiana Pacers, Danny Granger’s numbers went down this year. Hampered by injuries in the 2009-2010 season, Granger tried to recover to full health this year. Even though his numbers weren’t as high as expected, Granger showed more of his promises in the playoffs. Helping lead the Pacers to a playoff birth, Granger played extremely well in the playoffs. If Granger can get back to his true form next year the Pacers will once again have a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.
5. Rudy Gay – Assists 2.8 – Points Per Game 19.8 – Blocks 1.1 – Minutes 39.8 – Rebounds 6.2 – Steals 1.7 – Games Played 84 – Age 24 – Team Memphis Grizzlies
Having a year struck by injuries, Rudy Gay still had his best year in the NBA. Having a career high in rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and minutes played, Rudy Gay once again proved why he is one of the best in what he does. At only 24 years old, Rudy gay still has a lot of unexplored talent waiting to be shown. After a great run in the playoffs last year the Grizzlies will have to believe in Rudy Gay continuing to get better.
4. Paul Pierce – Assists 3.2 – Points Per Game 19.1 – Blocks 0.6 – Minutes 35.0 – Rebounds 5.3 – Steals 1.0 – Games Played 89 – Age 24 – Team Boston Celtics
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The NBA Final 2008 MVP, Paul Pierce has had a dominant career as a small forward, and continues to be one of the best at that position. A 9 time All-Star, Pierce scored his 20,000th career point as a Celtic this year. Furthermore, he once again helped lead the Celtics to the playoffs. Sadly, the Celtics along with Pierce are an again team, and their years in the NBA are numbered, but don’t count Paul Pierce and the Celtics out yet, there might be one more strong run left it them.
3. Carmelo Anthony – Assists 2.9 – Points Per Game 25.6 – Blocks 0.6 – Minutes 35.7 – Rebounds 7.3 – Steals 0.9 – Games Played 77 – Age 27 – Team New York Knicks
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One of the newest players of the reborn New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony has already made himself one of the favorite players in the Knicks. A 4 time All-Star, Anthony was the 3rd overall pick on the star packed 2003 NBA Draft. In no time, Anthony was able to establish himself as one of the best small forwards in the game. Along with Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks will be another one of the teams that has a good chance on winning the NBA Championship in the coming years. As long as the Knicks can synchronize themselves and play to their full extent, they might have something to say about the domination of the Heat and Bulls in the coming years.
2. Kevin Durant – Assists 2.8 – Points Per Game 27.9 – Blocks 1.0 – Minutes 39.6 – Rebounds 7.1 – Steals 1.1 – Games Played 95 – Age 22 – Team Oklahoma City Thunder
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At only 22 years old, Kevin Durant has already led the league for 2 seasons in a row with scoring per game. The 2nd overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, Kevin Durant is the leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and has led them to 2 consecutive playoff appearances. His uncanny ability to score in huge amounts makes him one of the best offensive players in the NBA. Along with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant brought the Oklahoma City Thunder all the way to the Western Conference Finals in the 2020-2011 season. Furthermore, since Durant is still a very young player, a plethora of talent may still lay hidden in Kevin Durant.
1. LeBron James – Assists 6.8 – Points Per Game 26.1 – Blocks 0.7 – Minutes 39.8 – Rebounds 7.7 – Steals 1.6 – Games Played 100 – Age 26 – Team Miami Heat
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Probably the most disliked player in the NBA, LeBron James has surely tarnished his reputation with the whole fiasco of moving to the Miami Heat. Yet, it would be hard to not notice the incredible numbers LeBron James has put up in his career.A 2 time League MVP, LeBron James has made the All-Star team 7 consecutive years, and has made the playoffs 6 consecutive times. Even though his cocky attitude and nonprofessional behavior has cost him a large number of fans and probably a few NBA Championships, his talent alone may lead him to the Championship he has been wanting all along. With the help of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh it would be hard not to think that the Miami Heat will no win a NBA Championship in the coming years.