Terminology aside, turn your attention to whatever role these guys fill for their teams. The play of Worthy may determine whether the Lakers win a third straight league crown. If Detroit is to fulfill its promise, Dantley must continue to weave his unnerving, deliberate magic in the paint. Boston will get back on top only if Bird conjures up another splendid season. Atlanta will be magnifique only if Dominique is. Aguirre must rev up his engines a notch if Dallas is to take the checkered flag. Denver needs English to hold fast as the glue to its intricate passing game. And the Mailman must go the route if Utah is to go all the way.
In short, you can call today's small forward whatever you want to—except insignificant.