small forward


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Crowder, a former Celtics small forward, was traded in the four-team Kevin Durant deal, with the Bucks giving up five second-round picks to the Pacers and Nets. Gary Washburn,, 18 Feb. 2023 Hart, the Blazers’ starting small forward, had been rumored to be on the trading block. oregonlive, 8 Feb. 2023 The Cavs are 5-0 since making Stevens the full-time starting small forward. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 2 Dec. 2022 The Magic’s 2½ weeks between the start of camp and the regular season, which includes five preseason games, will provide insight on their plan for their wings (combo players who can slot in at shooting guard or small forward). Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 One latest mock draft had the Mercury selecting South Carolina small forward Victaria Saxton at 27th overall and LSU power forward LaDazhia Williams, LSU Tigers at 29th overall. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2023 Tied for second were sophomore power forward Julian Reese and graduate student small forward Patrick Emilien. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 17 Feb. 2023 The status of starting small forward Chris Moore remains up in the air for No. 16 Auburn this week, but head coach Bruce Pearl provided a glimmer of hope for the availability of the junior wing. Tom Green |, al, 17 Jan. 2023 One question heading into this season was whether the Bulls could get another All-Star-caliber performance from small forward DeMar DeRozan. Michael Arinze, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of small forward was in 1977

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“Small forward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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