small forward


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

Examples of small forward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starting small forward Lauri Markkanen has missed nine games while in the league’s health and safety protocols. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2021 The smooth-moving, silky-shooting Houstan carved out a place in the starting lineup as a prototypical small forward, while Diabate was the first player off the bench and split minutes between power forward and center. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2021 If Jae'Sean Tate weren't so compelling defensively, Martin would likely slot in as the team's small forward of the future. Rahat Huq, Chron, 8 Nov. 2021 Starting small forward Norman Powell will miss his third game with a knee injury suffered Saturday in a win over Phoenix. oregonlive, 29 Oct. 2021 Last season, Prince shot 40 percent from beyond the arc for the first time in his career and carved out a niche as a small forward or small-ball power forward who can stretch the floor while providing solid defense. Michael Scotto, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 The late push Texas made for Montverde Academy star Dillon Mitchell paid off Monday evening when the five-star small forward verbally committed to the Longhorns over fellow finalists Tennessee and Florida State. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Oct. 2021 Pierce could slide up to this era’s small forward group. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 The Warriors’ small forward finally got his COVID jab, sparing the Warriors the spectre of playing their home games without their valuable teammate, or being forced to trade him. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of small forward

1977, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2021

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“Small forward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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