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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But the team still needs another small forward to go along with third-year player Stanley Johnson. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons, Ed Stefanski shop for free agents under tight budget," 29 June 2018 But as starting small forward on the Orlando Magic’s competitive video game team, the 23-year-old will have a personal trainer and nutritionist for the first time. Marco Santana,, "Orlando Magic Gaming pushing players' physical, mental fitness," 9 May 2018 Going forward: Emerged as the Spurs’ starting small forward for much of the season due to Leonard’s injury, and posted career highs across the board in almost every category. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "A look at what to expect this offseason from the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and others," 28 Apr. 2018 The Pistons coach got small forward Glenn Robinson III on the line for a sales pitch. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Dwane Casey puts stamp on Detroit Pistons 2018 free-agent class," 10 July 2018 Houston Rockets Houston not only offers Anthony his best chance to contend for a title among these teams, but to carve out a significant role in the wake of the Rockets losing veteran small forward Trevor Ariza to Phoenix in free agency. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Where will Carmelo Anthony land? Lakers, Rockets among candidates," 6 July 2018 Not surprisingly, Berman was quickly attacked online by Sixers fans for picking Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and small forward Jayson Tatum ahead of Simmons. Rob Tornoe,, "New York Post writer: Ben Simmons didn't deserve to win rookie of the year award," 27 June 2018 The Philadelphia 76ers selected Villanova small forward Mikal Bridges with the No. Heather Boehm,, "Sixers Select Mikal Bridges With No. 10 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay’s agent is Roger Montgomery of Roc Nation Sports. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Who should the Spurs target in the NBA Draft?," 16 June 2018

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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