5. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
Brandon Ingram has quietly become one of the best small forwards in the NBA. The 6-foot-8 wing has become a two-way player who when healthy is an All-Star. If he and Zion Williamson can stay healthy at the same time, then the New Orleans Pelicans will be a contender.
4. Jimmy Butler, Heat
One can argue that Jimmy Butler is one of the best players in recent postseason history. The Miami Heat have made the NBA Finals twice in the past four seasons and the 6-foot-7 wing is the main reason why. If the Heat can add another star alongside Butler, they should be a favorite to win it all.
3. LeBron James, Lakers
Despite finishing his 20th season, LeBron James is still as much of an offensive force as ever. The 6-foot-9 just claimed the all-time scoring record this past season. The Los Angeles Lakers reloaded their roster this offseason so they should be in contention.
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2. Kevin Durant, Suns
Kevin Durant is the third member of the Pheonix Suns’ “Big 3” and he’s one of the most efficient scorers in NBA History. The 6-foot-10 forward has one of the smoothest releases for a player of his size. As long as he can remain healthy, the Suns should be a contender.
1. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
For a second straight ranking, the Boston Celtics are represented at the top. The 6-foot-8 Jayson Tatum has claimed the spot as the best small forward in the NBA. He’s an elite two-way player who was in the MVP conversation last season that was dominated by big men.
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