small forward

noun

Definition of small forward 

: a basketball forward who is usually smaller than a power forward and whose play is characterized by quickness and scoring ability

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Precious Achiuwa, a 6-foot-7 small forward from St. Benedict’s Prep in the Bronx, made an unofficial visit to UConn. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn President Says 'Substantial Evidence' Kevin Ollie, Staff Violated NCAA Rules," 25 June 2018 Projecting as a small forward in the NBA, Porter Jr. is a physical bruiser who bullies his way to the rim and will have ideal size as a stretch forward capable of shooting from the outside. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Michael Porter Jr. says he's healthy and 2018 NBA draft's 'best player'," 17 May 2018 Kupchak pictures Bridges playing some at either forward spot, but at 6-7 his most logical position is small forward. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets' Miles Bridges considered turning pro last year. Why he didn't might surprise you," 22 June 2018 Jalen Wilson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior-to-be small forward from Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, on Wednesday committed to play basketball at Michigan. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Texas prep forward Jalen Wilson chooses Michigan over KU basketball, others," 30 May 2018 The small forward was the team's second-leading scorer and one of its most consistent players as a freshman, averaging 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "UCLA's Kris Wilkes will test NBA waters without hiring an agent," 3 Apr. 2018 While Booker’s status for Monday’s game remains somewhat in question, small forward T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) will not play for the fourth straight game. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Game Day: Devin Booker says injury is legitimate and not for NBA draft tanking purposes," 26 Mar. 2018 And 6-9 small forward D.J. Hogg isn't small either. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Sweet 16: Texas A&M hopes to 'abuse' Michigan basketball in the paint," 22 Mar. 2018 The Pentagon quickly launched a review, noting that the electronic signals potentially could have disclosed the location of troops in secret or classified locations or on small forward-operating bases in hostile areas. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Pentagon restricts fitness trackers, mobile devices using GPS functions citing 'significant risk' to deployed forces," 6 Aug. 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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