July 11, 2012

Ranking NBA Players By Position: Small Forwards

#6 LeBron James, SF, Heat

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

With the 2011-12 season over, I'll be ranking the best players in the NBA by position. A combination of factors including: season/career averages, efficiency, durability, etc., play a factor.



1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 9 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
27.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.9 SPG, 3.4 TOPG, (53% FG), (36% 3PT)

Career Averages:
27.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 3.3 TOPG, (48% FG), (33% 3PT)

Analysis: LeBron James is the best player in the NBA. One Chapionship ring is enough for now, but "King James" has to be at least recognized as a top 10 player of All-Time. Need I say more?





2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 235 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 5 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
28.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 3.8 TOPG, (50% FG), (39% 3PT)

Career Averages:
26.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 3.1 TOPG, (47% FG), (36% 3PT)

Analysis: Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the NBA, and just ranks behind LeBron as the second best player in the league. He averaged a career high in rebounds this season, but he's not done improving. He is as humble a player as I've seen, but yet he has that killer instinct on the court. I'm interested to see how motivated he'll be after losing in the NBA finals.





3. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 230 lbs.
Age: 28 | Experience: 9 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
22.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.1 SPG, 2.6 TOPG, (43% FG), (36% 3PT)

Career Averages:
24.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 3.0 TOPG, (46% FG), (32% 3PT)

Analysis: Melo receives a lot of criticism for his "defensive effort," but he stepped up defensively in most of the games I saw. He is one of the leagues best scorers, and a guy you want to have around in the fourth quarter. He's been passed by Durant, but Anthony is still a top 10-15 NBA player.





4. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 235 lbs.
Age: 34 | Experience: 14 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
19.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 2.8 TOPG, (44% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
22.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.9 TOPG, (45% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Paul Pierce can still get the job done at 34. He still managed to average 19 points per game leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals. Even though he's a little older, he is proving that he can still hang with and even school some of the best the game has to offer.





5. Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 230 lbs.
Age: 25 | Experience: 6 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
19.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 2.5 TOPG, (46% FG), (31% 3PT)

Career Averages:
17.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 2.3 TOPG, (46% FG), (35% 3PT)

Analysis: Rudy Gay seems to be on the trade block often, but he'll definitely be the go to guy for Memphis with O.J. Mayo gone, though he should've been already. He is a great scorer, and could really move into the elite category with a strong season for the Grizzlies.





6. Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 228 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (42% FG), (38% 3PT)

Career Averages:
18.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.0 TOPG, (44% FG), (38% 3PT)

Analysis: Danny Granger is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. His importance to the Pacers is understated, but he a pretty good scorer and defender. His scoring numbers have dipped the last few seasons, but Granger is arguably a top 5 small forward.





7. Andre Iguodala, Denver Nuggets
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 207 lbs.
Age: 28 | Experience: 8 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (45% FG), (39% 3PT)

Career Averages:
15.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 2.4 TOPG, (46% FG), (33% 3PT)

Analysis: One of the most well-rounded wing players in the league, Andre Iguodala can rebound, defend multiple positions, and plays a point forward role for the Sixers. He only averaged 12 points a game this past season, but his value is much more than just being a scorer.





8. Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 8 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (41% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
16.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (47% FG), (34% 3PT)

Analysis: Luol Deng is a solid overall player. Consistency can be an issue at times, but he is a very good defender, and a great shooter, not to mention he is very important to Chicago.





9. Gerald Wallace, Brooklyn Nets
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 11 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
13.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (45% FG), (35% 3PT)

Career Averages:
13.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (47% FG), (32% 3PT)

Analysis: Gerald Wallace won't get you more than 15 points a game, but he will guard and defend multiple positions and rebound. He is still one of the better small forwards in the league.





10. Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 22 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
16.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 2.7 TOPG, (45% FG), (20% 3PT)

Career Averages:
18.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 3.0 TOPG, (44% FG), (26% 3PT)

Analysis: Tyreke Evans is tough to figure out. He'll most likely being starting at the 3 for the Kings again this year, so I'll list him as a small forward. He can play the 1, 2, and 3 positions very well, but hasn't really improved much beyond his rookie year.





11. Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
14.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.6 TOPG, (41% FG), (33% 3PT)

Career Averages:
14.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.3 TOPG, (42% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Gallinari is a very talented player who can shoot the ball well. When he finds his rhythm, he's tough to defend. I'd like him to be more consistent and improve his all-around game.





12. Caron Butler, Los Angeles Clippers
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 228 lbs.
Age: 32 | Experience: 10 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.2 TOPG, (41% FG), (36% 3PT)

Career Averages:
16.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 2.2 TOPG, (44% FG), (33% 3PT)

Analysis: Caron Butler looked like he was 27 again in several games this season. He can still do a lot of things well, including shooting the ball well from deep.





13. Michael Beasley, Phoenix Suns
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 235 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
11.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.7 TOPG, (45% FG), (38% 3PT)

Career Averages:
15.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (46% FG), (36% 3PT)

Analysis: Consistency has been an issue for Beasley throughout his young career. He is a talented scorer, but his all-around game needs improvement.





14. Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 200 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
13.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.5 TOPG, (45% FG), (39% 3PT)

Career Averages:
10.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 TOPG, (46% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Portland should try and keep Batum. He an athletic young player, a great shooter, and a good defender. He continues to improve, and could become a top 10 player at his position.





15. Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 225 lbs.
Age: 25 | Experience: 5 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
9.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 2.3 TOPG, (39% FG), (25% 3PT)

Career Averages:
13.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.5 TOPG, (45% FG), (32% 3PT)

Analysis: When healthy, Chander is an above average NBA starter. Staying healthy is a key for Chandler, as he can have some great performances.