In the latest edition of our NBA Power Rankings, we tier every projected starting small forward in the league heading into the 2023-24 season.
The start of NBA Training Camp is nearly here. Across the league, training camps open on October 3. The NBA’s pre-season slate will run from October 5-20 and then the regular season begins October 24. Basketball is in the air and it’s easy to get excited about what the next season could offer.
As we continue to rank every starting player in the NBA by position, we take a closer look at the small forwards in this article.
Ranking the 30 starting small forwards in the NBA
Tier 8: The unproven small forwards
In this first (or eighth) tier, we’re going to explore a few of the more unproven starting small forwards in the league heading into the start of the season.
30. John Konchar, Memphis Grizzlies
When it comes to the small forward position, the Memphis Grizzlies are not heading into the 2023-24 NBA season in an ideal position. For as much of a headache as he might’ve been for the Grizzlies, there’s no question that they’re going to miss Dillon Brooks this season. Probably more on the defensive end of the floor than offensively, but his depth will need to be filled by someone.
At least to start the season, John Konchar is the projected starting small forward for the Grizzlies. Konchar started 23 games for the Grizzlies last season but didn’t particularly flash. He averaged five points and four rebounds on 43 percent shooting from the field. At this point, you’d have to imagine that he’s more of a stopgap than a long-term starter for the team.
It also wouldn’t be surprising if the Grizzlies experimented with other potential starters at the small forward position throughout the season.