The shooting guard is relied on heavily by their team to shoot from the outside and defend multiple positions on the other end of the court. In this article, we will rank the 10 best shooting guards in the NBA today. This ranking is based mostly off of stats and awards. James Harden is listed because as of June 28, Chris Paul is the Point Guard for the Rockets.
10. Zach LaVine
The new Chicago Bull had career highs in points and field goal percentage last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He showed lots of potential, displaying with 18.9 points per game, before tearing his ACL with 40 games left in the season. He also played upwards of 37 minutes a game, a great mark for a shooting guard looking to come into his full potential. Although he will not start right away in Chicago, he still has the room needed to come into is own and be a dominant force in the future.
9. Wesley Matthews
In the last two years, Matthews has made a good name for himself as a reliable sharpshooter for the Mavericks. He has shot 36% the last two years from deep, with lots of attempts. He has also only missed 13 games the past two years, showing his consistency. He only averaged 13.5 points the last two years, but is always a great option for the Mavericks when he is needed.
8. Avery Bradley
One of the best two-way players in the NBA is Avery Bradley. At only 6’2″, Bradley has become a terrific defender and shooter. Last year, he had career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and minutes. He shot 39% from deep and averaged 16.3 points over the course of 55 games. He was injured for a third of the season, but managed to help the Celtics to the first seed in the East as their second leading scorer behind Isaiah Thomas, and second leading rebounder behind Al Horford.
7. Devin Booker
As the youngest player on this list, Booker also has the most potential. Booker will play games in his third NBA season while still under the age of 21. Booker bested his rookie season in every single stat category except free throw percentage, which was still at 83.2%. He averaged 22.1 points a game and shot 36.3% from deep, which is pretty good considering the amount of shots the Suns let him put up, a very high number. We also cannot forget about his 70 point performance against the Boston Celtics. The Suns did lose 130-120, but we got a good glimpse of what Booker can become in a few years.
6. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal really stepped up when needed in the 2017 Playoffs. Him and John Wall led the Washington Wizards to a game 7 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. This past season Beal averaged 23.1 points per game along with a three point percentage of 40.4%. During the playoffs, Beal played 38.8 minutes per game, meaning he missed only 9 minutes of action per night. He is always there when John Wall needs a basket and is always consistent.
5. C.J. McCollum
C.J. McCollum may be the single best shooter on this entire list. He has a great shooting stroke and is given many opportunities by Damian Lillard. He won the Most Improved Player award after the 2015-2016 season. This past season, a year after winning the Most Improved award, McCollum averaged 23 points per game and had some crazy shooting percentages. He shot 42.1% from three point land, 48.0% from the field, and led the league with 91.2% of his free throws finding the bottom of the net. McCollum is ready to be a star as he and Lillard form a lethal shooting backcourt.
In the span of one contract, Klay Thompson has won two NBA championships and still has two years left to play for the Warriors. During this span, which dates back to the start of the Warriors’ 2015 Championship season, Klay has made a name as one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. Over the last three years, Thompson has shot 41%+ from three each season, as well as 21+ points per game and 31+ minutes per game. Thompson has missed only 11 games over that entire three year span. Thompson is also a really good defender, sometimes being called the best two-way player in the league. Some thought that with the arrival of Kevin Durant, Thompson would slip a little, but he didn’t slip, he got better. He is also only 27 years old, so he has a ways to go in the NBA.
3. Jimmy Butler
We have yet to see Jimmy Butler as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but we are already excited. He is playing under his old head coach, Tom Thibodeau, and has some great players around him. Butler has turned out to be a star in this league after being the last pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft. He has made three straight All-Star games and has made the All-Defense second team three times. As far as his stats go, they are fantastic. Last year, he averaged 23.9 points, 5.5 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 37 minutes per game. he is a decent shooter, displayed by his 36.7% three point percentage last year, and a superior defender that can make an impact even against the best players in the NBA.
2. DeMar DeRozan
He is a mean, lean, scoring machine. He may be the most lethal one-on-one scorer in the entire league. His length allows him to hit any jump shot, as he has been named the king of the mid range shot. He did shoot 26.6% from three last season, but he made up for it with a 46.7 field goal percentage along with 27.3 points a game. Those 27.3 points were good enough for fifth in the NBA. DeRozan carried a Kyle Lowry-less Raptors to the third seed in the East and got an All-NBA selection along the way.
1. James Harden
He is the clear-cut #1 here. He is the only one to get an MVP vote, as he ran his offense and had career highs in points, assists, and rebounds. He led the league in assists and was second in points. He has also missed only two games the past three years, which shows his great reliability. The Rockets have one conference finals appearance in that three year span, and have made the Playoffs every year. This 27-year-old shows no signs of slowing down, and neither do the Houston Rockets, as they come off of a 55 win season.