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

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Shaq Harrison can play some small forward, but his offense needs to improve. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls Q&A: Will they make the playoffs this season? How will the point guard rotation play out?," 12 Sep. 2019 Narbeh Pezeshki playing small forward on the Homenetmen men's basketball team practices while getting ready to participate in the Pan-Armenian Games in Armenia at the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter gymnasium in Glendale, Ca. Glendale News-Press, "Led by Spight, Homenetmen basketball team prepares for Pan-Armenian Games," 2 Aug. 2019 The 6-foot-8 Hezonja, a sharp-shooting small forward from Croatia, posted averages of 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 58 games played with the New York Knicks last season. Tim Brown,, "Mario Hezonja signs 2-year deal with Portland Trail Blazers: Report," 30 June 2019 Recruiting update Sanchez received his first verbal commitment over the weekend, from Brandon Younger, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Ga. The spring signing period begins Wednesday. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Pay will spike for new Charlotte 49ers AD, basketball coach, contracts show | Charlotte Observer," 9 Apr. 2018 Brethren Christian High senior small forward McKinna Bullock earned second-team All-Express League girls’ basketball honors in the 2018-19 season. Daily Pilot, "Brethren Christian’s McKinna Bullock makes second-team All-Express League in girls’ basketball," 8 Aug. 2019 Jerami Grant, Nuggets: As recently as four years ago, Grant was a small forward who didn’t seem to have the ball skills to stick in the league. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020: Biggest Snubs," 9 Sep. 2019 As for your second question, the small forward starting spot does not look good. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Making sense of the Warriors’ free agency moves," 12 July 2019 Gabe Madsen is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound three-star small forward who reportedly had offers from Marquette, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa and others. Fletcher Page,, "UC basketball recruiting: Gabe and Mason Madsen commit to play for John Brannen," 1 Sep. 2019

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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