My Top 10 Shooting Guards of All Time

This is my part two of my top ten of all time series. My first post was my point guards list, so if you haven't read it, I would recommend it and comment your opinion below. Remember that this is strictly based off of my opinion, and that there is no factual list of the top 10 players of each position of all time.

#10- Ray Allen

When you think of the prettiest shooting forms of all time, Ray Allen has to come to mind. He didn't only have a pretty shot, it was extremely accurate. Allen, one season shot 45% from behind the arc which is incredibly, and on his career he is a 40% three-point shooter. Allen never won an MVP, but was top ninth in MVP voting one year, and was eleventh another year. He was a major part in his two championship teams, averaging double digits both times along with very efficient shooting. Allen is a 10x All-Star, and was named to two All-NBA teams.

Career averages: 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists

#9- Tracy McGrady

T-Mac is one of the biggest "what if" stories of all time. Starting in 2005, McGrady missed 10+ games a season for five seasons due to injuries. It starts with back spasms in 2005, and it developed into shoulder and knee injuries later on. If it weren't for injuries McGrady would definitely be higher on my list, and could even crack some top ten lists of all times If he kept his play up. Prior to the knee and shoulder injuries McGrady torched the NBA for 7 years straight. He finished top ten in MVP voting six times, and two of those times he finished top five. T-Mac averaged 30 points one season and 25+ points on multiple occasions. He's a seven time All-Star, and was named on seven All-NBA teams. He also won a Most Improved Player award in 2001.

Career averages: 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists

#8- Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller, in the 1990s was one of the hardest guards to guard in the NBA. He can shoot from anywhere on the court, and was one of the most clutch shooters then. Miller has made the second most threes of all time, and had a kind of ultra-instinct that allowed him to be a deep range deadeye from anywhere on the court. He is also one of the most efficient shooters the NBA has seen. His effective field goal percentage was always over 50% each season, and he also shot over 80% from the free throw line each season. He's made many seasons that let him into the very exlucsive 50/40/90 club as well. Miller was named to 5x All-NBA teams, and played in 5 All-Star games.

Career averages: 18.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists

#7- George Gervin

George Gervin was the complete package as a player. He played in both the ABA, and the NBA. He played fantastic in both leagues which is why he is #8 for me. His worst scoring season, he averaged 14.1 points. He only averaged less than 20 points per game twice, he played 13 seasons. He won four scoring titles, and averaged 30+ points per game twice. Gervin played in 12 All-Star games, and was named to two All-ABA teams and seven All-NBA teams. He was also named to the 1996-1996 All-Time All-ABA team. 

Career averages: 25.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists

#6- James Harden

James Harden is one of the most talented scorers the NBA has ever seen. Especially in this modern era of the NBA. He's about to win his third scoring title, averaging 30+ points for the past three years. Ever since he got that starting role in Houston in 2012., he's been an All-Star, and has averaged 25+ PPG, along with four rebounds and five assists per game. Even with limited touches, Harden has still been able to maintain his superstar status this year. His game improves each year, and he learns to feed off of his teammates to make them better, and to improve his own game. He's been in the MVP conversation the past few years, and I would be surprised to see another James Harden MVP. He's an 8x All-Star, and has been named too six All-NBA teams and even won the MVP trophy in 2018.

#5- Clyde Drexler

Like many individual players in the 1990s, Drexler hit his peak during the same timeframe as Michael Jordan. When Clyde was on the Blazers, he was able to lead his team to a 57 win season and to the NBA Finals, where they lost to Michael Jordan's Bulls in six games. He did, however, win one NBA Finals with the Rockets in 1995 and was a major key in winning after being traded to them 41 games into the season. Drexler's peak 5-year run would have been maybe enough to win a chip, or an MVP trophy. His stats during his best 5-year run were 24.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6 assists, along with 2.2 steals per game. One season he even averaged 27 points per game on about 51% shooting from the field. Drexler played in 10 All-Star games, and was named to 5 All-NBA teams.

Career averages: 20.4, 6.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists

#4- Allen Iverson

The answer is one of the best "pound for pound" players ever. His reeboks, cornrows, and larger than life personality makes him unique, and influential to the NBA's history. Besides his personality, he truly revolutionized what it was like to be an NBA guard. He had a good mix of professional basketball moves, along with tons of street ball moves that you could see at a pickup game. This mix of moves directly translated to his success in the NBA. He lead the league in scoring four times and steals three times, A.I won an MVP in 2001 as well. He's been on 11 All-Star teams, and was named to seven All-NBA teams. Iverson never won an NBA Finals, but he lead his team to one NBA Finals, but lost to the Lakers in five games.

Career averages: 26.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists

#3- Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade makes a very good case to crack the top two shooting guards of all time, but for me he falls short. Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat's playoff run in 2006 ended up being one of the greatest playoff performances of all time among guards, including a 43 point scoring outburst, that helped them edge out the Mavericks by one point in the NBA Finals. The Heat ended up winning the Finals the next game and only lost seven games during that playoff run. Three years later, Wade still had the magic touch and lead the league in scoring, placing third in MVP voting. Near the end of his career, Wade won back-to-back rings in 2012 and 2013. He made 11 All-Star games, and was named to eight All-NBA teams and three All-Defensive teams

#2- Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant's competitiveness, and mamba mentality will always be cemented in NBA history. He never settled for what he had, and always strived to have more. He never had a bad season in the league, and even as a 37 year old with the Lakers in 2016 he averaged 17 points, three rebounds and three assists. He ranks 3rd in the league for all-time scoring with 33,643 points and ranks first in scoring for the Lakers. Kobe was an 18x all-star, 15x All-NBA, and a 4x MVP. He won 3 titles along with Shaq, and then waited a few more years to win another one. As a shooting guard there were no major flaws in his game. He passed and rebounded well, and shot somewhat efficiently throughout his career.

Career averages: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists

#1- Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan in my opinion is the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. Jordan was an all-star every year of his career when he was eligible to be an all-star. He's 6-0 in the NBA Finals and won 2 separate three-peats. MJ only scored less than ten points four times. He always was a dominant scorer and averaged 30+ PPG 8 times. He's a 14x all-star and was on 11 All-NBA teams. He's 5x MVP and has won the DPOTY. He truly had no flaws in his game.

Career averages: 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists

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