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Ranking the NBA’s 10 best: Shooting Guards

Seems there’ll be no basketball for a while with the NBA lockout, we at Hoop’n'Holla thought we’d take a look at the ten best players at each position in the league. We’ve already looked at our top 10 Point Guards, so here’s our opinion on the 10 best at Shooting Guard:

10. DeMar DeRozan

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DeMar DeRozan scores 2 more. Photo: Mark Redford

PPG

RPG APG SPG
17.2 3.8 1.8

1.0

DeMar DeRozan makes it in at number ten over the likes of Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson due to his age and his progression over his first two seasons. The exciting young Raptors guard is already putting up 17 points per game and some scary dunks to boot. He’s also grabbing almost 4 rebounds and is only going to get better and better. He hasn’t developed a three point shot as yet, which was one of his knocks coming in to the pros, but he gets to the rim and shoots an excellent 47%. An even better third season awaits us after the lockout… things are going to be exciting in Toronto!

9. Jason Terry

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JET lit it up in the NBA Finals. Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

PPG

RPG APG SPG
15.8 1.9 4.1

1.1

Jason Terry makes this list for what he means to the Dallas Mavericks – impact and scoring off the bench. After going somewhat quiet in the NBA Finals, the 2009 sixth man of the year took exception to Dwyane Wade’s over-celebrated three, and that was all it needed to spark him in to action. After that, he would average 20 points a game in the Finals and live up to his Larry O’Brien trophy tattoo.

8. Eric Gordon

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The Clippers need to hang on to the high-flying Eric Gordon. Photo: Mark Redford

PPG

RPG APG SPG
22.3 2.9 4.4

1.3

At just 22 Eric Gordon has improved in each of his first three seasons in the pros. He is a great compliment to Blake Griffin and if the Clippers want to elevate themselves back in to being a Playoff contender, then they have to keep Gordon around. He can get to the rim and light it up from downtown and is sure to catch many suitors eyes in the summer of 2012.

7. Kevin Martin

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Kevin Martin is a sensational scorer! Photo: Mark Redford

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RPG APG SPG
23.5 3.2 2.5

1.0

Taken at number 28 in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft, Kevin Martin is just a pure scorer. He put up monster numbers for the Kings and is doing the same for the Rockets. With only a couple of years left on his deal in Houston, there will be lots of takers for the 6’7” Martin, who is one of the league’s top clutch performers not named Kobe Bryant.

6. Joe Johnson

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Joe Johnson has slid this year. Photo: Keith Alison/Flickr

PPG

RPG APG SPG
18.2 4.0 4.7

0.7

With big money comes big responsibility. After signing a staggering $123 max deal extension last summer, Joe Johnson’s numbers have slipped a little this season. Well, in fact they’ve slipped a lot since the 25 points per game he was knocking down for the Hawks four years ago, which is why he is not as high as 3 or 4 on this list.

5. Ray Allen

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Ray Allen is still clutch. Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

PPG

RPG APG

SPG

16.5 3.4 2.7

1.0

At 35 years of age, Ray Allen may not be dropping 25 points per game like he was in Seattle five years ago, but he still can hit clutch treys from anywhere on the perimeter. The NBA’s all-time leader in three pointers made has a deft stroke from beyond the arc, and is still shooting the long bomb at 44%. Who wouldn’t still take Allen on their team?

4. Monta Ellis

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Monta Ellis shoots a lot, scores a lot! Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

PPG

RPG APG SPG
24.1 3.5 5.6

2.1

The gift and the curse, Monta Ellis is a shooting guard that is just that. He puts up on average a ridiculously high 20 shots per game, but shooting at 45%, means a lot of those shots are going in. In Golden State’s up-tempo offence, that really gives Monta lots of opportunity to shoot, so it seems to be a perfect match. Apparently Ellis has now asked the Warriors to trade him, as he wants to play on a Championship contender. Their will be a lot of suitors for the Golden State sharp shooter, but how many will be Championship contenders and will want to take on someone who demands so much of the ball?

3. Manu Ginobili

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Manu Ginobili, almost un-guardable! Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

PPG

RPG APG SPG
17.4 3.7 4.9

1.5

Manu Ginobili was the number 28 pick in 1999. Not the 28th pick of the first round in the draft that year, but the 28th pick in the second round! Very few knew what Manu was going to bring to the NBA, but the San Antonio Spurs with their history of drafting late and well sure did. Ginobili is both unpredictable and outstanding all in the same package and is the drive behind what makes the Spurs go. His injury at the end of the regular season cost the Spurs in the first round of the Playoffs, as top-seeded San Antonio were dumped out by eighth seeded Memphis.

2. Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Wade can score in so many ways it's ridiculous. Photo: Mark Redford

PPG

RPG APG

SPG

25.5 6.4 4.6

1.5

Dwyane Wade is right up there just behind Kobe Bryant for the league’s best two guard. If you had to pick one of them to start a team right now, it’d be a tough choice with Wade in his prime and Kobe, at 32, maybe just coming from the peak of his powers. Wade was the Miami Heat’s best player in the NBA Finals by far and were it not for a hip injury in Game 5, could have carried the Heat to their, and his, second NBA Championship.

1. Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant is the best there is at Shooting Guard, period. Photo: Mark Redford

PPG

RPG APG SPG
25.3 5.1 4.7

1.2

Five NBA Championships, 2 Finals MVPs, one of the greatest players of all time and still the best shooting guard in the league.

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