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  • The small forward, colloquially known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game and is commonly abbreviated "SF". Small forwards are typically somewhat shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers, but on occasion are just as tall. The small forward position is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. Current NBA small forwards vary in height between 6' 6" and 6' 9". The typical placement for a small forward would be between the key and three-point line. Small forwards are primarily responsible for scoring points and also often as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few, such as Paul Pierce and LeBron James, who play as point forwards have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball, however, are prolific scorers.