There are a lot of good small forwards in the league. The majority of them are role players, 3 and D guys.
Chandler Parsons – 16.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.0 apg
Rudy Gay – 20.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.9 apg
Chandler is still very young and has room to improve. He does a little bit of everything on the court. He will get paid but I don’t think he should be your first or second option on offense. Rudy Gay is 27 and I think he finally gets it. He played poorly for the Raptors but really put together a solid 55 games for the Kings. He has the size of LeBron and Melo so he should be a big time player.
5. Kawhi Leonard – 12.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg
I know they are not big numbers but if you watched the NBA Finals you know this kid is going to be good. He’s a great defender and he’s improving on the offensive end. He was the Finals MVP and he’s only 23 years old.
4. Paul George – 21.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.5 apg
Another young defense first player. He can put the ball in the basket at a better rate than Leonard. He needs to work on his decision making and his dribbling. He should be attacking the basket more. Next season he should be taking 8-9 free throws a game. He disappears from games and you don’t notice he’s on the floor. Only shoots 42% from the field, he has to increase that to be an elite player.
3. Carmelo Anthony – 27.4, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg
Coming off his best season in my opinion. Melo is a bully and he showed it this season while averaging a career high in rebounds. He also knocked down 40% of his 3s. We all know Melo is a scorer and not a willing passer, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pass. Melo is not a great defender but showed great effort at times throughout the season.
2. Kevin Durant – 32.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.5 apg
The MVP and scoring champ. Durant is the man and he makes scoring look easy. He is only 25 and will continue to get better. He had great regular season numbers but they dipped in the playoffs. He seemed tired during the playoffs. He needs to get easier baskets going forward. He catches the ball to far from the basket, or he catches it and brings it back out to the 3 point line. He has become a very good playmaker increasing his assists in each of the past three seasons.
1. LeBron James – 27.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.4 apg
He’s still the best player in the world. Took his team to four straight Finals, winning two of them. He shot 56% from the field in back to back seasons. He does it all on the court. He has the best shooting percentage in the paint and is still adding to his low post game. He didn’t have the defensive intensity we were used to seeing in the regular season. He picked it up during the playoffs. He had the same numbers in the playoffs, 27 ppg and 56% shooting.