Now we're talking about the best of the best.
We're ranking the NBA's top 10 players at each position over five weeks.
This week, we're on small forwards.
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, these rankings are meant to capture where players rank at this moment.
We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.
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This week, we're focusing on small forwards.
Small forward ranking: 6th
Current team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age on Nov. 1, 2011: 27
Seasons with 76ers/in NBA: 7/7
2010-11 regular-season stats: 67 G, 36.9 mpg, .445 fg%, .337 p%, .693 ft%, 14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.3 apg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats*: .530 ts%, .486 efg%, 9.0 trb%, 110 ortg, 104 drtg, 17.3 PER
2011 postseason stats: 5 G, 36.4 mpg, .423 fg%, .214 3p%, .714 ft%, 11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.8 apg
2011 advanced postseason stats*: .490 ts%, .452 efg%, 10.5 trb%, 99 ortg, 108 drtg, 14.4 PER
Contract status: Under contract through the 2013-14 season, with an early termination option after 2012-13.
Strengths: Iguodala is a premier finisher at the basket and his thick, strong body makes up for any deficiency in length at the forward position. He excels in the transition game, and he's an excellent ball-handler and distributor for a forward. Defensively, he's one of the best.
Weaknesses: His play severely diminished this season as he went through some turmoil with the Sixers' system. He still can't shoot from three-point range, and at age 27, it appears he'll never be able to. While Iguodala is a very-good player, he's not good enough to carry a team to a playoff series victory.
The future: Iguodala was one of the hottest names on the trade market in June, and he'll again be on the rumor mill once the lockout ends. With Evan Turner in waiting, the Sixers would like Iguodala and his big contract off the books.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
ortg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
PER: Developed by ESPN.com's John Hollinger, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.
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