The final position to complete our list of the best players for under 50k is the small forward spot.
As a rule of thumb, small forwards tend to be the middle of the park in terms of their physical attributes.
They are usually shorter and quicker than the power forwards or centers, yet taller and stronger than either of the guards (point and shooting).
SFs need to be able to score and rebound well, often used as the secondary rebounder after the centers.
Here is our list of the top five budget small forwards on NBA 2K20’s MyTEAM, all of whom can be picked up for under 50k.
‘86 Dominique Wilkins (OVR 95)
Card Type: SpotlightPosition: SF / SGTeam: ‘85-‘86 Atlanta HawksBest stats: 98 hands, 98 offensive consistency, 98 driving dunkCost: 42k
The first, and most expensive, name in the top five budget small forwards is Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins.
Wilkins had an illustrious career in the NBA, playing for five sides in the competition across his 17-year career, making 9 All-Star appearances in that time.
His card is assigned to the ‘85-‘86 Atlanta Hawks, where he finished the season as the NBA’s scoring champion, averaging 30.3 PPG.
Wilkins earned the nickname ‘The Human Highlight Film’ due to his crazy dunking ability (98 driving dunk), and is sure to drop you some highlight-reel worthy dunks should you select him as your SF.
‘79 Lou Hudson (OVR 95)
Card Type: LegacyPosition: SF / SGTeam: Atlanta HawksBest stats: 98 shot IQ, 98 offensive consistency, 96 shot close.Cost: 35k
Joining Williams is yet another 95 rated Atlanta Hawks legend, this time in the form of ‘Sweet Lou’, Lou Hudson.
Hudson initially played for the St Louis Hawks for two seasons before their relocation to Atlanta, wasting no time in making himself a fan favourite for his new locals.
He averaged 20.2 PPG across a 13 year NBA career and had his iconic number 23 jersey retired by the Hawks at the end of his career.
Hudson was best known for his scoring ability, finding the net from pretty much anywhere on the court (96 shot close, 95 shot mid and 91 shot 3pt).
His 98 offensive consistency will help him to continue to make buckets all game.
A steal for just 35k
‘90 Marques Johnson (OVR 94)
Card Type: LegacyPosition: SF / SGTeam: ‘84-‘85 Milwaukee BucksBest stats: 98 offensive consistency, 98 hands, 97 shot IQCost: 32k
Next in the top five is the 94 rated UCLA graduate Marques Johnson.
Johnson is best remembered for his time in Milwaukee with the Bucks, where he spent the first seven years of his career, before moving onto the Los Angeles Clippers and finally the Golden State Warriors.
Whilst Johnson is remembered as a small forward, he famously coined the phrase ‘point forward’ a position he claims to have created during the Bucks point guard injury crisis in the 1984 playoffs.
Johnson's fine athleticism (89 OVR) helped him to play this interim role during the playoffs. Johnson is better-suited shooting inside the key (96 shot close and 94 shot mid) rather than from range (75 shot 3pt).
‘04 Jamal Mashburn (OVR 94)
Card Type: LegacyPosition: SF / PF
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Best stats: 96 hustle, 95 stamina, 95 hands
Yet another high 90 rated player available for under 50k is the fourth overall pick from the 1993 draft, Jamal Mashburn.
‘The Monster Mash’ made his solitary All-Star appearance in 2003, on the back of his best-ever scoring season in 2002, playing in all 82 games and averaging 21.6 PPG.
Whilst Mashburn may not have as many individual awards as others in this list, he was still a great player in his own right before his chronic knee problems forced him into retirement in 2005.
At 6’8”, Mashburn was a consistent threat in the paint (90 driving layup, 90 standing dunk) and was particularly impressive at getting to the free-throw line (92 draw foul).
‘87 Julius Erving (OVR 94)
Card type: Prime VIPPosition: SFTeam: Philadelphia 76ersBest stats: 98 offensive consistency, 98 vertical, 96 help defense IQ
The final name in the list is by no means the worst, and that player is the Philadelphia 76ers icon Julius Erving.
‘Dr J’ began his career in the ABA with the Virginia Squires before moving to the New York Nets in 1973 and then the 76ers in 1976, where he rained until he retired in 1987. The only NBA champion in this list, The 11 time NBA All-Star won the big one in Philadelphia in 1983.
Although he was well known for his slam dunking (80 standing and 96 driving dunk), Erving was also a handy defender (86 OVR) particularly on the edge of the D.