Top 5 NBA small forwards of all time
Every decade in the NBA has had its fair share of all-time great small forwards. Whether it was Elgin Baylor and John Havlicek in the 1960's or Julius Erving, Larry Bird, James Worthy and Dominique Wilkins in the 1980's or the current crop led by LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Most of these players have been at the top of the food chain in their era but how do they fare when put under one ranking? Similar to our previous all-time lists on other positions such as the shooting guard and center spot, these players are ranked on the basis of a few factors.
The factors being the number of championships won, individual greatness and the team glory that it brought to the franchise, and last but not least the impact of their legacy on the game.
#5 Scottie Pippen
Career Averages: 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals
Notable Achievement: He is the only player to win an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year twice (1992, 1996)
Scottie Pippen is probably the most underrated player ever because he played under the shadow of arguably the greatest player of all time - Michael Jordan. Although limited, his importance in the six titles the Chicago Bulls won in the 1990's cannot be understated.
Pippen is also probably the first player who could guard multiple positions from 1 to 4. He made defensive versatility look cool and flashy.
Over the course of his 17-year career (13 with the Bulls), Pippen was named an All-Star seven times and eight times was he a member of the All-NBA teams. Although he was a handy second go-to-guy on the team, Pippen's calling card was his defense and that shows in his 10 All-NBA Defensive Team selections.