Top NBA Shooting Guards All-Time and 2022

Top NBA Shooting Guards All-Time and 2022

The shooting guard position has produced some of the most all-around skilled players that the NBA has ever seen due to the wide range of things that shooting guards are responsible for, such as scoring, defending, and often facilitating a team's offense.

This list will rank the greatest shooting guards in the league's history, as well as the best shooting guards in today's game, a couple of which have a legitimate shot to end up on the first list when all is said and done.

Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

1. Michael Jordan

Notable Accolades:​ 6x NBA Champion, 6x NBA Finals MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 14x NBA All-Star, 3x NBA All-Star MVP, 10x All-NBA First Team, 1x NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 10x NBA Scoring Champion, 3x NBA Steals, 2x NBA Dunk Contest Champion

Michael Jordan​ is the greatest basketball player to step foot on a basketball court, so it is no surprise is he No. 1 on this list. Not only did Jordan lead the league in scoring ten times, but his accolades on defense show just how incredible he was on both ends of the floor.

2. Kobe Bryant

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Notable Accolades:​ 5x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP, 18x NBA All-Star, 4x NBA All-Star MVP, 11x All-NBA First Team, 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA Scoring Champion, 1x NBA Dunk Contest Champion

The Black Mamba​ is considered by many to be the most skilled player of all time. Kobe's unprecedented work ethic and relentless leadership were reflected with success on the court, retiring as a 5-time champion and having a career average of 25 points per game.

3. Dwyane Wade

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Notable Accolades: 3​x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 13x NBA All-Star, 8x All-NBA, 3X NBA All-Defensive First Team, 1x NBA Scoring Champion, NBA Rookie of the Year

Dwyane Wade​ was a phenomenal player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, with some referring to him as one of the best shot-blocking guards of all time. While he never had as consistent of a job shot you'd expect from a shooting guard this high on the list, D-Wade had an incredible ability to get to the rim, use pump fakes, and finish around the basket.

4. Clyde Drexler

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Notable Accolades:​ 1x NBA Champion, 10x NBA All-Star, 5x All-NBA

Clyde Drexler​ is one of the best pure athletes that the NBA has ever seen. He averaged more rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks than Kobe Bryant for his career, and he never missed the postseason one time during his 15-year career.

5. George Gervin

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Notable Accolades: 9x NBA All-Star, 5x All-NBA First Team, 4x NBA Scoring Champion

George Gervin​ is one of the greatest pure scorers of all time, and he did it in an era without the 3-point line. His effortless scoring and incredible efficiency lead him four scoring titles, with career averages of 25.1PPG, 5.3RPG, and 2.6APG on 50.$% shooting.

6. Ray Allen

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Notable Accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 10x NBA All-Star, 1x NBA​ ​Three-Point Contest Champion

Ray Allen​ is one of the three greatest shooters of all time, and only recently was he surpassed as the leading three-point shooter in NBA history. His effortless stroke made him a weapon on the offensive end. and he also averaged over a steal per game in his 18-year career.

7. James Harden

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Notable Accolades:​ 1x NBA MVP, 10x NBA All-Star, 6x All-NBA First Team, 1x NBA Sixth Man of the Year, 3x NBA Scoring Champion, 1x NBA Assists Leader

James Harden​ is one of the best pure scorers in the game today and perhaps of all time, as his ability to get to the rim, create shots for himself off the dribble, and get to the free throw line have helped him to a career average of just under 25 points per game.

8. Reggie Miller

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Notable Accolades:​ 5x NBA All-Star, 3x All-NBA Third Team, 1x 50-40-90 club

Reggie Miller​ was as competitive as they come, and he had the skills to back it up. While his peak was relatively low compared to some of the others on this list, his longevity was up there with the best of them- he averaged over 16 points per game for fourteen straight seasons.

9. Tracy McGrady

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Notable Accolades:​ 7x NBA All-Star, 2x All-NBA First Team, 2x NBA Scoring Champion, 1x NBA Most Improved Player

T-Mac​ was one of the best players in the league during his peak- from the 2000-01 through the 2006-07 season, he averaged 26.9PPG, 6.6RPG, and 5.4APG, and lead the league in scoring on two occasions. His 13-points in 33 seconds is one of the most memorable moments in NBA history.

10. Manu Ginobili

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Notable Accolades: 4x NBA Champion, 2x NBA All-Star, 1x NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament MVP

Manu Ginobili​ is one of the best international players in NBA history, and his greatness was not only evident on the NBA stage, but on the world stage as well. He lead his home country of Argentina to winning the Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympics, dethroning the U.S. for the first time since 1988.

Best Shooting Guards from the 2021-22 NBA Season

1. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

2021-22 Stats:​ 26.8PTS, 5.0REB, 4.8AST, 1.1STL

Devin Booker​ and the Suns took another massive step forward this year, as the young star averaged the most points in his career while leading the Suns to a franchise best 64 wins and No.1 overall seed in the Western Conference.

2. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz

2021-22 Stats:​ 25.9PTS, 4.2REB, 5.3AST, 1.5STL

Donovan Mitchell​ continued to expand his game this season particularly on the defensive end, where he averaged the most steals in his young career thus far while leading the Jazz to another playoff birth as the No. 5 seed in the West.

3. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls

2021-22 Stats:​ 24.4PTS, 4.6REB, 4.5AST

Zach LaVine​ took a step back and became the No.2 scoring option on a much improved Bulls team this season, but he showed tons of improvement on the defensive end of the floor, largely in part to his experience with the 2021 Summer Olympic team.

4. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

2021-22 Stats:​ 23.6PTS, 6.1REB, 3.5AST, 1.1STL

Jaylen Brown​ and the Boston Celtics completely flipped a switch mid-way through the season, becoming one of the hottest teams in the NBA and playing themselves all the way up to the No. 2 seed in a tight Eastern Conference.

5. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets/Philadelphia 76ers

2021-22 Stats:​ 22.5PTS, 8.0REB, 10.2AST, 1.3STL

James Harden's​ season was filled with plenty of ups and downs, as his ugly ending with the Brooklyn Nets landed him a spot on the 76ers, where he averaged the lowest points he averaged since his OKC days. Even with that, he was still a consistent 20 points, 10 assists player on any given night, and that cannot be overlook or taken for granted.