Kevin Durant is the best Small Forward in the West. Batum is second. Name someone better? Rudy Gay. Would you trade Batum straight up for Gay? I wouldn't. Chandler Parsons? Metta World Peace? Caron Butler? Danillo? Tyreke? Millsap?(is he even a small forward?) Clay Thompson?
Granted this is a down year for small forwards, but Batum is playing out of his mind this season. He's playing the right way, sharing the basketball, helping on d, filling the lanes and giving us a Scotty Pippen type presence on the floor.
I wouldn't trade anyone on this list for Batum. The one bright spot of not drafting Durant is that we started a French rookie that season. Now I think he is second only to Durant at his position and am curious as to why no all star hype?
Letter writing campaign anyone?