Deng, Smith top small forwards

Originally Published: March 19, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
The small forward position is the junk drawer of the NBA. If you're over 6-foot-6 and scouts don't have a clue where you'll play in the pros, they throw you into the small forward drawer, along with all of the other odds and ends, and call it good.

Swingman. Three. Point forward. Small forward. Does it matter? There is no one definition for the three spot these days.

Some guys can shoot the rock. Others run the offense from the point, because they've got a great handle. Some are rangy defenders called upon to stop the team's top offensive player. Others are power forwards masquerading as threes, because teams are too embarrassed to admit they have a 6-7 four. Others are two guards in three clothing who've refused to leave the shooting to the two.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer