Some of the best players in the history of the game have played the shooting guard spot, as it’s one of the most crucial positions when it comes to orchestrating the offense and also helping back on the defensive end.
Shooting guards need to be able to create off the dribble, pull up from three, run the point at times, guard bigger opposition in small ball sets and, more often than not; they’re asked to carry the offensive load of their respective teams.
Nowadays, the league features some of the most talented shooting guards in the world, and today, we’re going to rank the best shooting guards in the league so you decide if you agree with us or not.
30. Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley is coming off an off year with the Los Angeles Clippers, but we all know he has the kind of defensive expertise to be one of the best lockdown backcourt players in the league with his ability to defend both guard spots and small forwards as well.
Up to this day, he’s not living to the max of his potential, but he can still make a huge impact should he be traded away from the Clippers. So far, he’s averaging 6.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
29. Jeremy Lamb
Jeremy Lamb has never been much of a consistent scorer, but he’s shown glimpses of an ability to shoot lights out and could even become a major x-factor off the bench for a contending team later on his career.
Even so, he’s still yet to take a step forward in his career as much more than a scorer, even though that seems unlikely at this point of his career. So far, he’s put averages of 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 dimes a night.
28. Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore isn’t an All-Star but is the kind of player that can really bring a lot of hustle on both sides of the court on a nightly basis and make everybody follow his lead to try and get the W.
Moreover, Bazemore is one of the most underrated defensive players in the league, let alone his athleticism and scoring ability. This year, he’s averaging 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
27. Caris LeVert
Before suffering quite a gruesome injury, Caris LeVert was having a career year and was one of our prime candidates to take home the Most Improved Player of the year award. Sadly, he’s going to have to wait quite a bit to continue his journey.
Even so, LeVert was really stepping up as the Brooklyn Nets’ go-to-guy in the offensive end of the floor and looking as sharp as they come, posting averages of 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
26. Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier has really settled down as a scorer for the Orlando Magic, and even though the team has miserably sucked for years, he’s still been able to become one of their few bright spots year after year.
Moreover, he doesn’t bring much to the table other than his scoring and occasional playmaking, but he’d definitely be a nice reinforcement for any team looking to add some firepower off the bench. So far, he’s averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
25. Bogdan Bogdanovic
It definitely looks like Bogdan Bogdanovic was worth the wait for the Phoenix Suns, as the foreign player has adapted with great ease to the demands, pace and style of the NBA in just over a season.
Bogdanovic is looking like a stud in the making, a smart player and versatile scorer that can do a little bit of everything for the young Sacramento Kings, posting averages of 13.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists a night.
24. Jaylen Brown
Following a breakout year, Jaylen Brown has regressed a little bit this season, but he’s still one of the most intriguing prospects in the NBA and should have plenty of runs if Gordon Hayward continues to struggle.
Brown is an athletic freak and an underrated defender that can get hot in the blink of an eye, but it looks like he needs more touches in offense in order to get his rhythm back. So far, he’s averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
23. Danny Green
Danny Green has been one of the most underrated players in the league for years now, especially considering all the things he’s able to do in the defensive end of the hardwood night after night.
Green is a lockdown backcourt defender and wing stopper that can pull up from everywhere in the floor, and a guy that can almost single-handedly stop a fast break with ease on defense. This year, he’s averaging 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
22. Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon may be one of the less entertaining Rookies of the Year award winners ever, but still, he’s quite a versatile young man that can fill the stat sheet on any given night for the young Bucks.
Brogdon can run the point or play off-ball, come from the bench or go as a starter, play both guard spots and even some small forward, providing a lot of versatility in both ends of the floor en route to averages of 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
21. Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews isn’t the lockdown defender and top-notch three-point shooter he used to be during his Portland Trail Blazers tenure, but the shooting guard is still one of the best wing stoppers in the league.
Matthews can get hot in the blink of an eye but struggles with consistency at times, let alone his poor shot selection when the game is on the line. So far, he’s posted averages of 16.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 dimes a night.
20. Buddy Hield
Following quite a slow and sluggish start of his career, it looks like Buddy Hield has finally found his home and established himself as one of the Kings’ main scorers in the offense, even though his defense is still a work in progress.
Hield is lights out from all three levels and his offensive woes and struggles may be a thing of the past right now. Next, to De’Aaron Fox, he’s going to be getting buckets for years. So far, he’s averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
19. Gary Harris
Nobody ever talks about Gary Harris, but truth to be told, he’s slowly becoming one of the league’s best two-way young players, let alone his efficient shooting that just keeps getting better and better.
Harris can play lockdown defense, run the point and finish the break with either hand, being one of the best players from within close range in the league. So far, he’s averaging 16.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
18. Tyreke Evans
The former Rookie of the Year is coming off a career season and even though we all knew he wasn’t going to be able to maintain his production, he’s still ben quite solid off the bench for the Pacers.
Evans can do a little bit of everything, play both guard spots, and even some small forward given the matchup. Up to this day, Evans has put averages of 10.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
17. Josh Richardson
Josh Richardson went from being a 2nd round pick to becoming one of the best two-way players in the league, and now that Dwyane Wade’s mentoring him, he’s only going to get better and better.
Richardson is an elite shot blocker at the shooting guard position, has great lateral quickness and very quick hands on defense as well, and his offense is finally catching up, averaging 20.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3,2 assists per game.
16. Eric Gordon
After being kind of disappointing as a starter, Eric Gordon has truly embraced his role as the first guy off the bench for the Houston Rockets, torching defenders with his offensive versatility and logging starter minutes anyway.
Gordon has become one of the best shooters from beyond the three-point line, while his defense has slightly improved over the years as well. So far, he’s averaging 16.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
15. JJ Redick
JJ Redick is the shooter the Philadelphia 76ers have desperately craved for years, one of the most consistent and efficient pure scorers in the league and even a switchable defender that won’t hurt them in that regard.
Redick has never missed the playoffs and looks poised to have another huge role in the offense with the Sixers this season, posting averages of 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
14. Andrew Wiggins
Before entering the league, Andrew Wiggins was the most overhyped player since LeBron James. So far, he hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations and has been a bit of a disappointment.
Still, Wiggins is so incredibly talented that even despite his lack of improvement, hustle, and development, he manages to be quite a productive player, posting averages of 15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
13. Dwyane Wade
It’s crazy to think Dwyane Wade is the 13th best shooting guard nowadays, but that’s just father time. Still, the Flash gave us a vintage performance the other day with a 35 point outing during his Last Dance season.
Wade is a walking hall of famer, one of the best defensive shooting guards in the history of the game, and an offensive stud that never needed the three-pointer to be a dominant scorer. This season, he’s averaging 14.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.o assists per game.
12. Lou Williams
When in need of a bucket, you just need to give the ball to Lou Williams, one of the craftiest scorers in the history of the game and arguably a top 5 Sixth Man this game has ever seen as well.
Williams thrives while putting defenders on skates and just lives for taking that big shot when it matters the most. He loves drawing contact and is a lights-out scorer from all three levels, averaging 17.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
11. Tim Hardaway Jr
Finally, it looks like Tim Hardaway Jr is having the breakout year we had been expecting for so long, and the young shooting guard has been making his old man proud all year long with the sluggish Knicks.
Hardaway Jr has been able to find consistency at last, while also providing a lot of hustle in defense, even though that’s not his forte. So far, he’s averaging 23.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
10. Jrue Holiday
We don’t talk about Jrue Holiday enough. He’s fast, strong, athletic, a nice shooter and a willing facilitator, and one of the main reasons why the Pelicans were so good in last year’s playoff run against the Blazers.
Holiday has been battling with injuries throughout his entire career, but he’s shown to be a lights-out scorer when healthy. This season, he’s posting averages of 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game.
9. Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine is doing everything in his power to prove his doubters wrong and demonstrate that he deserves every single penny of the multi-year deal the Chicago Bulls offered him in the offseason.
LaVine is playing at an All-Star level and is among the league’s leaders in scoring this season, posting averages of 25.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Bulls go-to-guy for the future.
8. Donovan Mitchell
Rookie of the Year or not, Donovan Mitchell proved that he’s got what it takes to dominate this league for many years to come, finally giving the Jazz the scorer and shooter they’ve needed for years.
Mitchell can run the point, create off the dribble, dunk, shoot, and do a little bit of everything. He’s battled some nagging pains this season but still has been able to put averages of 20.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
7. Devin Booker
Ever since entering the league, Devin Booker has been one of the most versatile and talented scorers in the entire NBA, torching opposing defenses even despite his team’s struggles to win games.
Booker has just turned 22 years old so he hasn’t even entered his prime yet, which makes him even scarier for the future. He’s going to lead the league in scoring one day, and so far, he’s averaging 24.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
6. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal has been involved in a lot of trade rumors lately as the Washington Wizards have declared all of their players (even their All-Stars) as expendable amid their terrible start of the season.
No wonder why every team in the league should be interested in his services, as he’s an aggressive scorer and playmaker that could just be plugged into every offensive system in the world. So far, he’s averaging 22.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
5. Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo finally had a breakout year next season and was building on that success this year before falling down with a knee injury that’s going to keep him in the shelf for a couple of months.
Oladipo is an aggressive scorer that has really turned the page on defense as well, and a guy that might as well be in the MVP conversation a couple of years from now. As of today, he’s averaging 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.7 dimes a night.
4. CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum was a late bloomer, as the Blazers weren’t ready to hand him a lot of minutes while Matthews, Batum, and Aldridge were on the team. When the team thought they were going to tank, CJ emerged as a lights-out scorer that didn’t want to have a part of that.
McCollum is a walking bucket that can embarrass most defenders in the world with great ease with his crafty moves and handles, and a perfect complement to play off-ball with Damian Lillard. This year, he’s averaging 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
3. Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson is arguably the most underrated player in the league, at least to my eyes. Yes, he gets a lot of credit, but he would be a top-5 player in the league if he wasn’t playing next to Curry and Durant.
Klay is a lockdown defender whose impact doesn’t reflect in stats, while also being the best pure shooter in the game. So far, he’s posted averages of 22.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists a night.
2. DeMar DeRozan
Prior to this year, DeMar DeRozan was a great player, but Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have really brought out the best of his game. He’s a much more complete player since leaving the Raptors.
DeRozan doesn’t need to have a three-point shot to thrive in this league, he’s committed in defense, has handled some point guard duties and looks determined to get better. This year, he’s averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists a night.
1. James Harden
James Harden may not be much of a good defender, but he makes up for it by being one of the most gifted offensive players in the history of the game, and obviously the best shooting guard in the league.
Harden has the ability to humiliate every defender in the world on any given night, while also being one of the craftiest passers in the league. This season, the reigning MVP is averaging 31.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game.