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    15
    Lebron James
    33.33%
    5
    Larry Bird
    60.00%
    9
    Kevin Durant
    0.00%
    0
    Scottie Pippen
    6.67%
    1
    Bryon Russell
    0.00%
    0

  • #2
    Re: Greatest Small Forward of All-Time?

    Magic

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    • #3
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      There are some players who cannot define a position. Magic and LeBron are some of them. They can play PG SG SF PF and even C.

      Bird, Pippen and Durant are all tweener Fs, so they can fall in the category of SF. Of these Bird is the greatest, but Durant can come close. Pippen may be best defensive among the three, but there could be another who is best defensive.

      Byron Russell was plain lucky that the Jazz were using 2nd round draft picks instead of trading for good players.

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      • #4
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        Bird is the best SF ever. Lebron could make a run at him but its going to take some time.

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        • #5
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          Lebron James

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          • #6
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            • #7
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              Larry Bird for now. Ask me again in 7-8 years.
              "Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try."

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              • #8
                Re: Greatest Small Forward of All-Time?

                No question
                For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

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                • #9
                  Re: Greatest Small Forward of All-Time?

                  When the discussion of “All-Time” greats come up, there are always discrepancies in opinion of who is in fact the greatest at any given position. And this was most evident when former Golden State Warriors‘ coach Mark Jackson stated that he considers LeBron James as the “Greatest Small-Forward Ever.”

                  There have been so many outstanding players in the history of the game at this position that it would be hard to do the argument justice in this brief rant. But one can’t help to acknowledge the man they called “Larry Legend” — none other than Larry Bird. How could anyone deny the brilliance the Bird brought to the small forward position?
                  Statistically speaking, Bird is currently (emphasis on currently) the best at this position.

                  He leads LeBron in NBA championships, playoffs played in, All-Star selections, All-NBA first team selections and total All-NBA Team selections. Yes, if LeBron continues to play a long and successful career, he will be the greatest of all time at some point. But that point is not now.

                  If we are talking skills, Bird was just as good of passer as LeBron and a better shooter. Bird was just as good of a scorer and did it against plenty of legendary competition. LeBron puts up impressive numbers, but this era of basketball is way softer and allows for a distorted stat sheet that can make players like the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert look like an MVP.

                  LeBron obviously has a dominant advantage in the athleticism department and that makes him a better defender. But as of this season, the “King” of this position is still number 33 from French Lick.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Greatest Small Forward of All-Time?

                    What? No David Benoit?
                    Rudy Gobert lands Defensive player of the year award!(Salt Lake Tribune, April 2016)

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                    • #11
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                      Lebron beats Larry Bird because of his defense.

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                      • #12
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                        Championships do not determine who is the best player. Bird played with three HOFs- McHale, Parish, and Dennis Johnson. Lebron has played with one (Wade). No Bosh is not a HOF.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Ody12 View Post
                          Lebron beats Larry Bird because of his defense.
                          I'll concede that LBJ is a better shot blocker. But, do you REALLY see Lebron shutting down Larry Bird if he's guarding him?

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                          • #14
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                            larry bird was a warrior. he had the heart of a lion and a will to win greater than almost anyone that has ever played in the nba.

                            lebron has neither. i watched the finals and i just thought to myself that if lebron had the determination and competitiveness of jordan he would be BY FAR the best player ever.

                            lebron is a freak of nature and one of the best ever without a doubt. but he could be so much better. which is scary to think about.
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                            • #15
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                              LeBron needs to hog the ball to be effective shooter and he needs a stretch 4 to drive to the basket. Bird could not defend perimeter at all. Different era.

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