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Ranking The Top NBA Shooting Guards

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The shooting guard position isn’t what it used to be in the NBA. I’ve accepted that it isn’t and probably won’t ever be the same. The days of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are behind us, but this generation of shooting guards are still effective. Where do they rank?


5. C.J. McCollum

The Lehigh Legend (should really trademark that) is filling it up. With the recent absence of Damian Lillard, C.J. showed that he can make the offense go game in and game out. Averaging near 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, the reigning NBA Most Improved Player is building on his 2016 campaign. While being a force on the offensive end, he and his back court mate seem to have a mutual agreement on not putting too much effort into the defensive end. Probably a big reason why the Trailblazers are underachieving this year.



4. Klay Thompson

According to Charles Barkley, he’s the third best player in the NBA, but I can’t let the worst half of the splash brothers in my top 3 at this position. Going into the season, Klay would have been number two on this list, but I’ve been less than impressed by the Warriors shooter. While leading the team full of guys who blew a 3-1 lead in shot attempts, he’s averaging fewer points than Durant and Curry. Shooting his worst percentage from deep in his career, Klay hasn’t seemed to find a rhythm with the new look Warriors. With all of that being said, 60 points in 29 minutes is insane. Thompson has shown flashes of being an explosive scorer unlike anyone else on this list. Klay also brings his lockdown defending to the table. Given the task of guarding élite wing players every night, his value isn’t to be underrated. It’s only a matter of time before the Warriors get to clicking, and Klay is a scary thought when that takes place.



3. DeMar DeRozan

Lets go ahead and throw out the fact that he’s shooting an abysmal 23% from three-point land. Despite that horrendous number DeRozan is putting up near 28 points a night while shooting the best from the field since his rookie year where he only shot 6 times a game. The Raptors star may not be tearing it up like he was in the first month of the season, but he’s still played his way into the top 3 on this list. Career highs in FG%, points, rebounds, and steals, the athletic wing is proving his worth as a franchise player while leading the Raptors to the number two spot in the east.


2. Jimmy Butler

As of late, Jimmy Buckets has been a very proper nickname. With a 50 point and 40 point performance already under his belt in December, Jimmy is putting on a show. Boosting his points per game up 5 to 25 from 20 last year, Jimmy is undoubtedly a big time scoring threat. The last pick of the first round has proven to be among the leagues élite and is certainly not afraid of the moment. Shooting 45% while averaging 25.6 points, 6.9 boards, and 4.5 assists, Butler has put his full arsenal on display. Keep in mind the Marquette Golden Eagle was 2nd team all-defense last year. Chicago, if the trade rumors are true, I recommend you don’t let this guy go


1. James Harden

The MVP chants are loud and clear. The Beard has been the most impressive player in the NBA this year in a league where Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double. Harden is masterfully orchestrating a high power offense in Houston. Eric Gordon needs to thank the perennial for making him a legitimate all-star caliber player and for him leading the league in three  pointers made. Averaging 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 12 assists, Harden has the Rockets at 30 wins and 9 losses (19-2 in their last 21) while also leading the association in assists and is third in points per game. I’d love for someone to keep him off the All NBA team this year. Might as well just hand him the MVP.




If you read my bio, I’m a huge Dwayne Wade fan and it absolutely pains me to not have him on this list. Dwyane, if you ever read this, I love you and pray that you can forgive me. Keep doing your thing, Flash.