July 11, 2012

Ranking NBA Players By Position: Shooting Guards

#3 Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

With the 2011-12 season over, I'll be ranking the best players in the NBA by position. A combination of factors including: season/career averages, efficiency, durability, etc., play a factor.



1. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
22.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 4.8 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 2.6 TOPG, (50% FG), (27% 3PT)

Career Averages:
25.2 PPG, 6.2 APG, 5.0 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 3.5 TOPG, (49% FG), (29% 3PT)

Analysis: His legs may be starting to get a little old, but Dwyane Wade is still an elite shooting guard, and a top 5 player overall. He can still get to the rim as well as anyone, and his mid-range game is excellent. He still has a lot of basketball left.





2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 33 | Experience: 16 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
27.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 5.4 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 3.5 TOPG, (43% FG), (30% 3PT)

Career Averages:
25.4 PPG, 4.7 APG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 3.0 TOPG, (45% FG), (34% 3PT)

Analysis: Wade just edges out Kobe in the rankings. Kobe's age may be starting to catch up with him. He can't get to the rim as well as he used to, and he can no longer carry a team (but don't tell him that). Still, there is no player in basketball I'd rather have in the fourth quarter than Kobe Bryant.





3. Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 31 | Experience: 11 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.8 PPG, 3.9 APG, 3.7 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (45% FG), (39% 3PT)

Career Averages:
17.8 PPG, 4.4 APG, 4.2 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.2 TOPG, (44% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Most people wouldn't agree that Joe Johnson is the third best shooting guard in the league. However, he has been a consistent scorer in the league for years, and was the reason the Hawks were a consistent playoff team. He'll be taking his talents to Brooklyn now.





4. James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 22 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
16.8 PPG, 3.7 APG, 4.1 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.2 TOPG, (49% FG), (39% 3PT)

Career Averages:
12.7 PPG, 2.5 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.6 TOPG, (44% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Harden disappointed in the NBA Finals, but is certainly has emerged as one of the top shooting guards in the league. He models his game after Manu Ginobili and it shows. Finishing at the rim, shooting well from 3 point range, and displaying good passing skills, Harden will be getting a big payday.





5. Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
20.6 PPG, 3.4 APG, 2.8 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 2.7 TOPG, (45% FG), (25% 3PT)

Career Averages:
18.2 PPG, 3.3 APG, 2.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 2.4 TOPG, (45% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: Gordon does one thing great... scoring. I wanted to rank him third, but he doesn't do anything else particularly great. Still, Gordon will be getting a max deal in free agency, and wherever he plays next season, he'll be in the conversation.





6. Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 8 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
17.1 PPG, 2.8 APG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (41% FG), (35% 3PT)

Career Averages:
18.4 PPG, 2.1 APG, 3.4 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (44% FG), (38% 3PT)

Analysis: Kevin Martin is an elite shooter, but he doesn't do anything particularly great either. He can easily go for 20+ a night, and that's valuable for any NBA team. I'm willing to bet he won't be in Houston for much longer.





7. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 34 | Experience: 10 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.9 PPG, 4.4 APG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (53% FG), (41% 3PT)

Career Averages:
15.2 PPG, 3.9 APG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.1 TOPG, (45% FG), (37% 3PT)

Analysis: At 34 years of age, Manu Ginobili is still one of the best shooting guards in the league. He only averaged 13 points a game this season, but he was just as important this year as he's ever been in San Antonio. A true play maker, Ginobili still has plenty of basketball left.





8. Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
20.4 PPG, 6.0 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 2.9 TOPG, (43% FG), (30% 3PT)

Career Averages:
19.5 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.7 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 2.7 TOPG, (46% FG), (33% 3PT)

Analysis: If Monta Ellis improves his shot selection and his defense, he's a top 5 shooting guard. Surprisingly, he averaged 6 assists per game this season, but only shot 30% from deep. In his second year in Milwaukee, Ellis could have a big year.





9. Ray Allen, Miami Heat
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 36 | Experience: 16 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
14.2 PPG, 2.4 APG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.5 TOPG, (46% FG), (45% 3PT)

Career Averages:
20.0 PPG, 3.6 APG, 4.2 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 2.2 TOPG, (45% FG), (40% 3PT)

Analysis: Ray Allen is one of the best shooters in NBA history, and is a hot free agent name. He was a nicked up this season, and his age is beginning to show, but Allen is still better than half the starting shooting guards in the league, and will help a contender.





10. Marcus Thornton, Sacramento Kings
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 25 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.7 PPG, 1.9 APG, 3.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 1.6 TOPG, (44% FG), (35% 3PT)

Career Averages:
14.9 PPG, 1.8 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 1.3 TOPG, (44% FG), (36% 3PT)

Analysis: Thornton led the Kings in scoring, and is certainly underrated. He is an impressive scorer, and I'm interested to see how he performs this year.





11. Jason Terry, Boston Celtics
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180 lbs.
Age: 34 | Experience: 13 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.1 PPG, 3.6 APG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 2.0 TOPG, (43% FG), (38% 3PT)

Career Averages:
16.1 PPG, 4.7 APG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 2.1 TOPG, (45% FG), (38% 3PT)

Analysis: Terry can still get the job done. He has plenty of basketball left and is another top free agent. He is a veteran shooting guard who shoots 38% from three for his career, and can hits some big shots. He'll be valuable to a playoff contender like Miami or Boston.





12. Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 25 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
13.7 PPG, 1.7 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.1 TOPG, (41% FG), (38% 3PT)

Career Averages:
12.9 PPG, 1.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.3 TOPG, (45% FG), (39% 3PT)

Analysis: Matthews is a promising young guard who will receive more minutes this year as Jamal Crawford won't re-sign. He has a bright future, and could have a breakout season for Portland.





13. O.J. Mayo, Dallas Mavericks
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 25 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.6 PPG, 2.6 APG, 3.2 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (41% FG), (36% 3PT)

Career Averages:
15.2 PPG, 2.7 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 2.1 TOPG, (43% FG), (38% 3PT)

Analysis: Based on talent and skill alone, Mayo is arguably a top 5 shooting guard in the NBA. While he had a few disappointing seasons in Memphis, he'll likely rebound for his next team.




14. Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 200 lbs.
Age: 32 | Experience: 12 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
13.9 PPG, 3.2 APG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 1.9 TOPG, (38% FG), (31% 3PT)

Career Averages:
15.3 PPG, 3.9 APG, 2.6 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.0 TOPG, (41% FG), (35% 3PT)

Analysis: Crawford can still contribute at a pretty high level for a team. He'll likely be looking to go to a contender as well, and he would give them either a much needed scorer off the bench or a solid starter.





15. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 216 lbs.
Age: 22 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
16.7 PPG, 2.0 APG, 3.3 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 2.0 TOPG, (42% FG), (26% 3PT)

Career Averages:
14.1 PPG, 1.5 APG, 3.4 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 1.5 TOPG, (46% FG), (21% 3PT)

Analysis: DeRozan needs to improve as a shooter, but his is an excellent athlete and a pretty good slasher. His career is just beginning, so he has a lot of time to improve.