ESPN ranks Larry Bird as the second-greatest small forward ever--behind LeBron James

The people at ESPN have taken it upon themselves to rank the top 10 players in NBA history at each position.  Why?  Because that's what they like to do at ESPN, rank stuff.  Yesterday their list of small forwards was revealed.

No. 2 on the list is the basketball Jesus himself, Larry Bird.  Which means somebody else is No. 1.  To no surprise, it's that guy who calls himself the king (who may also be the most highly-touted athlete in the history of the network), LeBron James.

I saved the following tweet from last summer, just waiting for the right time to use it.  Now is that time:

At the peak of his powers, Larry Legend put up better numbers than LeBron.

As a whole, ESPN's rankings appear to heavily favor current players.  Kevin Durant is the No. 4 small forward (Julius Erving is third), while Stephen Curry grabs the No. 4 spot among point guards despite only six full seasons of NBA experience.

Other former Celtics to crack the lists so far:

Bob Cousy, No. 10 point guard
Ray Allen, No. 8 shooting guard
John Havlicek, No. 7 small forward

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