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NBA’s “Wing-Men”

October 4, 2009

In the NBA, there are players who are needed to help out in the front court. Whether that means grabbing a few rebounds, blocking some shots or even intimidating players from attempting to come near the basket, wing players, better known as Small Forwards, are also asked to score and dish out a few assists. A team with a solid defending wing player is always posied to have a great season. Speaking of Small Forwards, here are a list of the top five Small Forwards, in my opinion, in the league today.

LeBron James1) LeBron James,  Cleveland Cavaliers, #23: Arguably the best player in NBA. He has the entire package: Scoring, Rebounding, Assists, Steals, Blocks and an dominant force (He lead his entire team in all those categories by the way). He is a mismatch for the defense because of his solid 6′ 8″, 250 lb frame. He will chase you down from the other end of the court and swat your shot attempt.  There is nothing won’t do for his team to give them the opportunity to win. With a sensational aquisition of Shaquille O’Niel a few months ago and excellent pick ups, the LeBron Led Cavaliers have one thing on their mind: Winning the NBA Title.

Carmelo Anthony2) Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, #15: Carmelo Anthony is an underrated defender and rebounder. People see his scoring and basically that’s it. He proved to everyone in the playoffs that he is much more than a scorer. He can defend the best of the best and let them know that he cannot be manhandled by anyone in the league. His defensive prowess might not be his “highlighted” attribute as in a Shane Battier, but when he is focused, he is tough to get rid of. Rebounding is another key area he gets no respect in. With a determined Carmelo, The Nuggets will return to the Western Conference Finals and eventually to the NBA Finals.

Stephen Jackson3) Stephen Jackson, Golden State Warriors, #1: An extraordinary player on a not so extraordinary team. Jackson changed his image a few years ago when the 8th seeded Warriors demolished the Top overall seeded Dallas Mavericks. There is a reason why they call him captain Jack and it is because of his leadership and hard work.  He averaged over 20 points,  over 6 assits and over 5 rebounds. There were rumors around the league that Jackson wanted to be traded, however, if Jackson does remain a Warrior, he can lead this young group of talented players to at least fight for the 8th seed in the ever competitive Western Conference.

Shane Battier4) Shane Battier, Houston Rockets, #31: The best one-on-one defender in the NBA. He is not flashy or as flamboyant as most of the other stars in the NBA, but he is efficient. He is a much stronger, quickier and beter scorer than the retired Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs. If left open, he will drill a three pointer. He has had many difficult assignments on defense and has been successful the majority of the time. If the Rockets are healty and the rotation is solid, the Rockets can also compete for a playoff spot.

Danny Granger5) Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers, #33:One the rising stars in NBA. He made his 1st All-Star appearance last season and he is sure to have more in the upcoming seasons. He has a sick shooting stroke and knocks downs threes like he sleeping. Only Rashard Lewis of the Orlando magic hit more three pointers. He is a great defender and a prolific scorer. He can help Indiana sneak into the playoffs and even upset a team in the first round of the playoffs (with the team being healthy ofcourse).

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