In the final edition of the free agency player positional rankings, today’s focus will be on the best available small forwards. This is truly the best for last list. Small forward position is the deepest and most impressive in free agency. Small forward is also the biggest need for the Clippers, but unfortunately they won’t have the money to get into serious negotiations with most of these free agents.

  1. Kevin Durant / 6-9 / Team: Oklahoma City / 28.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 5 apg (Unrestricted)

Kevin Durant is easily a top-3 player in the NBA. You could argue where he falls in that pecking order. There is no player of his size and length that can shoot that ball like he can. Aside from Steph Curry, he is the most dangerous offensive force in the league. He’s just entering his prime at the age of 27. Durant can transform any team into an immediate title contender. He’s unrestricted so any team with cap room has the chance to make a run at him and offer the max. Does he still have unfinished business in OKC that might keep him there?

Clippers chances: 25% (Only via sign and trade for Blake Griffin)

2. LeBron James / 6-8 / Team: Cleveland / 25.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.8 apg (Player Option)

This will certainly be the only time you will ever see LeBron James second on a list of desired free-agents. While he’s probably a more accomplished player than Durant, he is older than Durant, therefore, second on this list. James has been the face of the NBA for the past decade, he’s still a premiere franchise altering player. He left Miami to bring Cleveland a championship. Short of stunner, he won’t be leaving Cleveland. Another Finals failure could make things interesting though.

Clippers chances: 10% (An unforeseen move to the Clippers is a minuscule possibly, stay tuned)

3. Harrison Barnes / 6-8 / Team: Golden State / 11.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg (Restricted)

Barnes will be heavily courted in free agency. Due to the success of his team, Barnes is the fourth-best player on the Warriors. He’s not even 25 yet, so the best of him is yet to come. He can do a bit of everything and his shooting from long distance is good, but still improving. Barnes could be a great player to jump start a young franchise that’s looking for a go-to player. No doubt Barnes will get the max, but will Golden State afford to match it?

Clippers chances: 0%

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Harrison Barnes is looking to go from the fourth to first option for some team

4. Nicolas Batum / 6-8 / Team: Charlotte / 14.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.8 apg (Unrestricted)

Batum had a great year for the Hornets after being traded from the Trail Blazers. He was deserving of an All-Star nod. Batum is the prototypical small forward. He can give you 15 points a night, a good amount of rebounds and assists to go along with his solid defense. He’s lanky and athletic so many teams are in need of a player of Batum’s caliber (Chicago Bulls come to mind). He should get the max or near to it, and there will be plenty of teams willing to throw their money at him.

Clippers chances: 0%

5. Chandler Parsons / 6-9 / Team: Dallas / 13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg (Player Option) 

Parsons had a bit of a rocky year that included injuries that kept him off the court. When healthy he’s a freakishly athletic and lanky forward that has a nice shot. Dallas signed him two years ago to be the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki, but Parsons has yet to establish himself as an elite player. He has All-Star potential. If he opts out (he should), he will have plenty of suitors knocking on his door. Dallas will have the money to keep him, and they probably won’t let him get away.

Clippers chances: 0% 

 

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