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Draft Utopia 2015 Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Rankings

Posted By: Lisa Donovan On 11/19/2014

  1. LeBron James: SF, Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James or as I like to call him "Jack James" since he is a jackass for leaving Cleveland the first time is the best player in the NBA right now. Calling him Prince James is too generous Skip Bayless. At the same time he is kind of like the NBA’s version of the New England Patriots because he compromised his integrity by leaving Cleveland to win in Miami only to return to Cleveland. Haters can hate James. James still has more integrity than the Patriots because he is a loyal family man, and he never cheated to win.

  2. Kevin Durant: SF, Oklahoma City Thunder Mamas Boy Durant comes in at #2 on the list. Buying your mother tickets to NBA games is awesome. Living with your parents when you got millions of dollars isn’t. It is uncertain when Durant gets healthy again. When Durant does return to full health expect him to tear it up after dominating in NBA Fantasy Leagues last season en route too winning a scoring title.

  3. Carmelo Anthony: SF, New York Knicks The Mayor of New York offered Carmelo Anthony free lap dances for life at any strip club in New York if he stayed a Knick. In NBA, No Bachelors Degree Athletes sex sells. The Knicks have no supporting cast once again as Anthony is practically carrying this team. Carmelo is easily the top small forward in the NBA after James and Durant. All of these guys will average 25 points per game or more on a consistent basis.

  4. Rudi Gay: SF, Sacramento Kings Rudi Gay leads the Sacramento Kings with 22.5 points per game. He is not even the best player on the Kings roster which is the scary part.

  5. Gordon Hayward SF, Utah Jazz Gordon Hayward averages 19.2 points per game for the Utah Jazz. I think he will have 19.8 points per game by the end of the year. Hayward is a top five small forward because he lost Deron Williams and had to become the leader of the Jazz. His points per game has improved every year since his awful 5.4 points per game rookie season back in 2010-2011. Hayward posted 11.8 points per game in 2011-2012, 14.1 points per game in 2012-2013, and 16.2 points per game in 2013-2014. When you keep improving your points per game every year for five years in a row on a consistent basis like Hayward, you earn the recognition of a top 5 small forward.

  6. Tobias Harris: SF, Orlando Magic Tobias Harris averages around 18.9 points per game. No question that the former Tennessee Volunteer is the face of the franchise after taking Dwight Howard’s old jersey number which happened to b #12 which the jersey number Harris has.

  7. Jeff Green, SF, Boston Celtics Jeff Green has been the perfect replacement for Paul Pierce. His 19.8 points per game, 2 assists per game, and 4.7 rebounds per game may make Green the most underrated small forward in the entire NBA.

  8. Andrew Wiggins: SF, Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins, the highly touted rookie and the #1 overall recruit in the class of 2013 was drafted by the Cavaliers #1 overall only to be dealt to Minnesota. Wiggins is a franchise player in the making, but he still needs to develop. Wiggins has to add some weight. Weighing 6-8 199 lbs will not cut it in the NBA. Getting a new head coach to replace Saunders is priority #1 in Minnesota. Even Jesse Ventura would be an upgrade over Saunders.

  9. Jabari Parker: SF, Milwaukee Bucks After Wiggins committed to Kansas, Duke got the second best player in the class of 2013 which happened to be small forward Jabari Parker. Parker like Wiggins is already exceeding expectations as both rookies are playing like borderline top 10 small forwards in the NBA.

  10. Paul Pierce: SF, Washington Wizards Paul Pierce has 11.8 points per game with the Washington Wizards this season. He also doing an excellent job mentoring first-round pick Otto Porter. Porter will do well if he can listen to Pierce for any pointers in life.

  11. Harrison Barnes: SF, Golden State Warriors Barnes beat out Andre Igudola for the starting job this season after sitting behind him and receiving limited minutes in his second season. Barnes like Pierce also averages 11.8 points per game.

  12. Mike Dunleavy Jr.: SF, Chicago Bulls Mike Dunleavy Jr. became the Bulls starting small forward after Chicago traded Loul Deng to the Cavaliers. Starting Dunleavy worked in the Bulls favor as they were able to get a player that could do what Deng did for the short-term. Chicago also drafted small forward Doug McDermott out of Creighton, who should do well learning behind Mike Dunleavy Jr.

  13. Chandler Parsons: SF, Dallas Mavericks Chandler Parsons is quite the Texan. First with the Rockets and now the Mavericks. So far in Dallas Parsons has 14.3 points per game, 2.5 assists per game, and 5 rebounds per game. Parsons is very underrated and playing next to Dirk Nowitzki only makes him better.

  14. Paul George: SF, Indiana Pacers Paul George will move up our rankings once he recovers from an injury. For now I will rank George here.

  15. Josh Smith: SF, Detroit Pistons Small forward Josh Smith may be one of the most complete small forwards in the NBA. Smith averages 13.2 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 1 steal per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. Having a third solid defenseman along with big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond is why the Pistons rank 11th in fewest points allowed.

  16. Loul Deng: SF, Miami Heat The ex Bull is a downgrade over LeBron in Miami. Funny thing is he left Cleveland to sign with Miami. Its almost like James and Deng played wife swap.

  17. Trevor Ariza: SF, Houston Rockets Houston is a fascinating team to game plan against. Harden plays the 2 at the shooting guard, but he is the Houston Rockets primary scorer. Dwight Howard is the secondary scorer when playing the 5 at center. The third best scorer on the Rockets plays the 3 at small forward. Ariza averages 14.6 points per game so far in 2014-2015.

  18. Marcus Morris: SF, Phoenix Suns Both Marcus Morris and Markeiff Morris are both capable of scoring more than 10 points per game. Both Morris brothers are excellent defenders as well. The scoring by the Suns guards along with the secondary scoring of these forwards plus the defense of the Suns forwards is what makes Phoenix a playoff team right now.

  19. Kawhi Leonard: SF, San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard was a highly touted starter out of San Diego State that should have been a top 10 pick. Leonard fell to the Spurs and San Antonio landed another starter that could compliment Parker, Ginobli, and Duncan in San Antonio. San Antonio will be Leonards team when Duncan is gone because Leonard is demonstrating the same leadership that Tim Duncan had when he first played with David Robinson.

  20. DeMarre Carroll: SF, Atlanta Hawks DeMarre Carroll has 12 points per game so far in 2014-2015. Right now he is injured and that is limiting his productivity.