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The small forward, or colloquially "the three", is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically somewhat shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers but, on occasion they are just as tall. On offense, they are often well-balanced between power-oriented and shooting-oriented; on defense, they will seek steals and rebounds. Many small forwards can also play shooting guard; those who switch between the two positions are called "swingmen" or "wings". Among the most dominant small forwards of the past were Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, Julius Erving and James Worthy. Notable small forwards who are currently active include Peja Stojakovic, Ron Artest, Shawn Marion, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Tayshaun Prince. Dirk Nowitzki is another notable basketball player with excellent small forward skills; however, he has mostly played at power forward in his NBA career. Usually small forwards can stand between 6'5" and 6'11" (1.96 - 2.13 m). Although they might be as tall as power forwards, power forwards are much more stocky and muscular.
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