The small forward position has been top-heavy over the last few years since the best two players in the world occupy that spot on the floor. The same was true in 2013-14, to go along with a few new names near the top of the list.
Here is a look at the best small forwards in the NBA for the ’13-14 season.
30. Maurice Harkless, Orlando Magic: in his second season with the Magic, Harkless played 24 minutes a night while starting 41 of the 80 games he appeared in. During that time, he averaged 7.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the floor. He also added 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and one assist a night.
29. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats: even though his numbers went down, Kidd-Gilchrist had a solid second season with the Bobcats. In a little more than 24 minutes a night, he averaged 7.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the floor. He also put up 5.2 rebounds while he played good defense.
28. Al-Farouq Aminu, New Orleans Pelicans: Aminu had one of the best years as a rebounder from the small forward position, but wasn’t called on to do much else. In 80 games (65 starts) he averaged 7.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting to go along with 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and one steal a night.
27. Tayshaun Prince, Memphis Grizzlies: Prince is no longer the player that he was during his time with the Pistons, but he is still a contributor on a playoff team thanks to his ability to play defense. In 76 games, he averaged six points on 40.7 percent shooting from the field. He also added 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
26. Wesley Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers: after struggling through his first two spots in the NBA, Johnson found some success with the Lakers. In 79 games (62 starts), he averaged 9.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 36.9 percent from behind the arc. He also added 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and one block a night.
25. Richard Jefferson, Utah Jazz: after a very difficult season with the Golden State Warriors, Jefferson found new life with the Jazz. In 82 games (78 starts), he averaged 10.1 points on 45 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from the 3-point line. He also contributed 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27 minutes a night.
24. Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers: in his second season with the Clippers, Barnes had a solid showing in his most minutes per game, according to Basketball-reference.com. In 63 games (40 starts), he averaged 9.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor. He also added 4.6 rebounds and 2 assists.
23. Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors: Ross had moments of brilliance (a 51-point, 9-rebound night in against the Clippers), as well as some struggles ( four games without a point) in his second season with the Raptors. In 81 games (62 starts), he averaged 10.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting from the field, including 39.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He also added 3.1 rebounds and an assist in nearly 27 minutes a night.
22. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks: even though the Bucks struggled, Middleton proved he was a valuable piece of any NBA roster. In 82 games (64 starts), he averaged 12.1 points on 44 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.4 percent from the 3-point line. He also added 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a steal in 30 minutes a night.
21. Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets: Chandler had the worst shooting season of his NBA career, but still put up a decent season for the Nuggets. In 62 games (55 starts), he averaged 13.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting. He also chipped in with 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in more than 31 minutes a night.
20. P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns: Tucker was a mainstay in the suns starting lineup during his second year in Phoenix and proved he was worthy of the opportunity. In 81 games, he averaged 9.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 38.7 percent from behind the arc. He also added 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1,4 steals in more than 30 minutes a night.
19. Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls: after the departure of Luol Deng to the Cavaliers, Dunleavy stepped into the starting lineup and had an impressive season for the defensive-minded Bulls. In 82 games (61 starts), he averaged 11.3 points on 43 percent shooting from the floor, including 38 percent from distance. He also added 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in nearly 32 minutes a night.
18. Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves: Brewer became a fulltime starter for the first time since he was with the Timberwolves in ’09-10. In 81 starts, he averaged 12.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor. He also added 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists in more than 32 minutes a night.
17. DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta Hawks: Carroll had his first chance to be a full-time starter with the Hawks after signing as a free agent in the off-season and proved he was ready for the chance. In 73 games, he averaged 11.1 points on 47 percent shooting from the field to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1,5 steals in more than 32 minutes a night.
16. Shawn Marion, Dallas Mavericks: Marion hasn’t had the same kind of production since he left the Suns, but he is still a key piece on a playoff team. In 76 games with the Mavericks, he averaged 10.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the field. He also added 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in nearly 32 minutes a night.
15. Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers: Turner was having a fine season in Philadelphia before he was moved to the Indiana Pacers before the trade deadline. During his 54 games with the 76ers, he averaged 17.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting from the floor. He also contributed six rebounds and 3.7 assists and a steal.
14. J.R. Smith, New York Knicks: after coming off the bench during all but one of his games in his first two years in New York, Smith spent half of the ’13-14 season as a starter. In 74 games (37 starts), he averaged 14.5 points on the strength of 39.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He also contributed four rebounds and a career-high three assists in nearly 33 minutes a contest.
13. Jeff Green, Boston Celtics: with the departures of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Green took on much more of a scoring load for the rebuilding Celtics in ’13-14 and showed that he could be effective as much more than a role player. In 82 starts, he averaged 16.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in more than 34 minutes a night.
12. Luol Deng, Cleveland Cavaliers: Deng was on his way to having one of his finest years in the NBA when he was traded to the Cavaliers. Deng wasn’t a great in Cleveland, but still showed enough to earn a big free agent contract. In 40 games with the Cavs, he averaged 14.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the floor. He also added 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a steal in nearly 34 minutes a contest.
11. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors: in his first season with the Warriors, Iguodala proved to be the perfect piece for a loaded offensive team. In 63 games, he averaged 9.3 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor. He also registered 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals in more than 32 minutes a night.
10. Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets: in his first season with the Nets, Pierce had the lowest outputs of his career in minutes, shot attempts and points per game, but still showed the ability to get it done in the clutch. In 75 games (68 starts), he averaged 13.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting, including 37.3 percent from beyond the arc. He also added 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 28 minutes a contest.
9. Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards: In his second year with Washington, Ariza showed an increased ability to knock down the 3-point shot and it helped the Wizards make a run in the playoffs. In 77 starts, he averaged 14.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting, including 40.7 percent from behind the arc. He also totaled 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals in more than 35 minutes a game.
8. Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons: Smith struggled with his shot during his first year in Detroit, but still managed to show his talent as one of the most multifaceted players in the game. In 77 games (76 starts), he averaged 16.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting from the field. He added 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in more than 35 minutes a night.
7. Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers: Batum had his best all-around season since coming into the NBA to help lead the Blazers to their first playoff series win in more than a decade, according to Basketball-reference.com. In 82 games, he averaged 13 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor. He also contributed 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 36 minutes a night.
6. Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets: Parsons had the best season of his young career in his last season with the Rockets to earn a huge free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks. In 74 starts, he averaged 16.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field. He also registered 5.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.2 steals in nearly 38 minutes a game.
5. Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings: the early season move that brought Gay to the Kings turned out to be a great move as he had his best year shooting the ball. In 55 games for Sacramento, he averaged 20.1 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the field. He also totaled 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in more than 34 minutes a contest.
4. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs: Leonard was a key cog for the World Champion Spurs because of his ability to get it done on both sides of the floor. In 66 games (65 starts), he averaged 12.8 points on 52.2 percent shooting from the field, including 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. He also registered 6.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.7 steals a contest while guarding the best player on the opposing team.
3. Paul George, Indiana Pacers: George made his second straight all-star game and helped to carry the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals following the most impressive season of his young career. In 80 games, he averaged 21.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in more than 36 minutes a night.
2. LeBron James, Miami Heat: James had another dominating regular season but it wasn’t enough as the Heat fell short to the Spurs in the Finals. In 77 starts, he averaged 27.1 points on a career-high 56.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.6 steals to earn All-NBA first-team honors for the eighth time. He also earned second-team all-defense as a fantastic on-ball defender.
1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: the 2013-14 season was one to remember for Durant as he led the league in scoring to earn all-NBA first-team for the fifth straight year. In 81 starts, he averaged 32 points on 50.3 percent shooting, including 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. He also registered 7.4 rebounds, a career-high 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals in more than 38 minutes for his first NBA MVP.