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fairandbalanced
08-08-2009, 05:42 PM
Just confused, so many small forwards and they all seem to do different things. For instance, Lebron is a small forward, Jamario Moon is also a small forward. My question is: What is the role of a small forward?

Mavrix
08-08-2009, 05:45 PM
Your sig is hilarious haha I love it.

Now I know why he looks 40 and is playing like it

bogdanrom
08-08-2009, 05:46 PM
I've been taught that Small Forwards have to do a little of everything. They have to score, rebound, pass, block shots, play defense. They're supposed to be one of the most versatile players on the court.

Storch
08-08-2009, 05:47 PM
It all depends on the team strategy.

Trouble87
08-08-2009, 05:47 PM
SF's are SG's with more size and better defense... they basically play the same role

fairandbalanced
08-08-2009, 05:48 PM
It all depends on the team strategy.

explain further.....

Mavrix
08-08-2009, 05:53 PM
Small forwards can be

Slashers and scorers (Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant)

3 point specialists (Brent Barry, Jason Kapono)

Rebounders (Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom)

Defensive Specialists (Bruce Bowen, Shane Battier)

They're pretty much either used to fill each teams needs and do a bit of everything.

Raps18-19 Champ
08-08-2009, 05:58 PM
I would say that they are usually slashers and is usually the team's best defender.

But it is different because of things like team strategy, other players and a couple of other stuff.

madiaz3
08-08-2009, 06:01 PM
The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically somewhat shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers, but on occasion are just as tall. The small forward position is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the main five basketball positions, due to the nature of its role. Most current NBA small forwards are between 6' 5"/1.96 m and 6' 10"/2.08 m in height. The typical placement for a small forward would be between the key and three-point line. Most small forwards are very versatile and very essential in a line-up.

Small forwards are primarily responsible for scoring points and also often as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forwards and centers, although a few who play as point forwards have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball, however, are prolific scorers. The styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely, as some players at the position like the Hornets' Peja Stojaković are very accurate straight up shooters, while others like the Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest prefer to "bang inside", initiate and/or not shy away from physical contact with opposing players, while others are primarily slashers such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. One common thread between all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line", that is have opposing players called for committing shooting fouls against them, as fouls are frequently called on the defense when offensive players "take the ball hard" to the basket, that is, aggressively attempt post-up plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks. Therefore, accurate foul shooting is an imperative skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line.

Defense is often a major priority for small forwards, who are often counted on using their athleticism and size as defensive advantages. Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks, Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons and Trevor Ariza of the Houston Rockets who with their length and athleticism are able to guard any position on the floor and are often called upon to do so. Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs, while not a star offensive player, is a masterful and tenacious defender, both on the perimeter and closer to the hoop. Former small forwards known for their defensive abilities include Scottie Pippen, one of the best one-on-one defenders in the NBA for most of his career.

B.JenningsMVP
08-08-2009, 06:06 PM
depends what the team he's on and what other players are around him

tland22
08-08-2009, 06:07 PM
Small Forward

They need to be athletic. Be able to Rebound. And either be able to shoot well OR drive well.

IDB Josh M
08-08-2009, 06:37 PM
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Small+Forward


The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically somewhat shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers, but on occasion are just as tall. The small forward position is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the main five basketball positions, due to the nature of its role. Most current NBA small forwards are between 6' 5"/1.96 m and 6' 10"/2.08 m in height. The typical placement for a small forward would be between the key and three-point line. Most small forwards are very versatile and very essential in a line-up.

Famous small forwards include Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Rick Barry, John Havlicek, Chris Mullin, Grant Hill, James Worthy, Larry Bird, Bernard King, Scottie Pippen, Bruce Bowen, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Jackson, and many others.

Small forwards are primarily responsible for scoring points and also often as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forwards and centers, although a few who play as point forwards have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball, however, are prolific scorers. The styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely, as some players at the position like the Hornets' Peja Stojaković are very accurate straight up shooters, while others like the Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest prefer to "bang inside", initiate and/or not shy away from physical contact with opposing players, while others are primarily slashers such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. One common thread between all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line", that is have opposing players called for committing shooting fouls against them, as fouls are frequently called on the defense when offensive players "take the ball hard" to the basket, that is, aggressively attempt post-up plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks. Therefore, accurate foul shooting is an imperative skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line.

Defense is often a major priority for small forwards, who are often counted on using their athleticism and size as defensive advantages. Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks, Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons and Trevor Ariza of the Houston Rockets who with their length and athleticism are able to guard any position on the floor and are often called upon to do so. Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs, while not a star offensive player, is a masterful and tenacious defender, both on the perimeter and closer to the hoop. Former small forwards known for their defensive abilities include Scottie Pippen, one of the best one-on-one defenders in the NBA for most of his career.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_forward



Bad Madiz3! Not giving appropriate citations.