|Top 10 Shooting Guards|
|Written by Mark Grey|
by MARK GREY
10. Kevin Durant - Standing 6'9” Durant towers over just about every shooting guard he faces. While he won't be winning any three-point contests anytime soon, he does have the ability to knock down open shots. He attacks the rim with no fear and can score points in bunches. After averaging 20 points a game as a rookie, look for Durant to score even more this year as the Thunder has built its offense around him.
9. Brandon Roy - Roy used last season as his coming out party, as he made his first All-Star team. While most second year players would just be happy to be named to the All-Star team, Roy went one step further and led the West in scoring and also brought down 9 rebounds. Roy is much quicker than he looks and finishes strong at the basket. As the young Trailblazers team improves, Roy will show why he is one of the best young players in the game.
8. Andre Iguodala - Iguodala has been regarded as one of the best athletes in the NBA for a while, but last season he showed he has true basketball ability. Andre has quietly become one of the best perimeter defenders in the league while averaging 20 points a game. His three point shot isn't great, but it's improving and he is a much better passer than most people know. With the arrival of Elton Brand, it should really free up Iguodala to score even more this season.
7. Manu Ginobili - The true definition of instant offense, Ginobili is hands down the best sixth man in the league. Manu attacks the basket as well as anyone in the game and throws his body around with no regard. When he is on the court, you have to keep an eye on him at all times because nobody plays better without the ball in their hands. He is a good three-point shooter, and has a very quick first step. Most importantly, Ginobili is a winner.
6. Vince Carter - He may not be “Air Canada” anymore, but Vince can still fly with anyone. He is stronger than just about every other two guard in the league and there still isn't a center in the league he can't dunk on. He is a solid three point shooter, but he bails the defense out too much by settling for fall away jumpers. Although he no longer demands the attention he once did, anyone who can put up numbers like 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 dimes in his sleep is one of the top players in the league.
5. Tracy McGrady - When healthy -- a rare event -- McGrady is still one of the most feared offensive players in the NBA. McGrady has the most complete offensive arsenal of any player not named Kobe Byrant. There isn't a shot that Tracy can't make, and he is one of the better rebounding guards in the league. At 6'8” he can get his shot off anytime he likes, and the addition of Ron Artest should open the floor up for McGrady to attack the basket more.
4. Joe Johnson - One of the best things about Johnson is he not only has the size, but also the skill set to play both guard positions as well as small forward. Johnson can flat out shoot the ball and is also a terrific ball handler. Last season he manged to score 22 points a game despite playing point guard most of the time. The arrival of Mike Bibby will return Johnson to his natural position of shooting guard as well as create some more open looks for him.
3. Allen Iverson - Just when everyone was saying it was time for him to start falling off, Iverson went out and played all 82 games and finished third in the league in scoring. Not only did Iverson not miss a game last year, he also led the NBA in minutes per game. At the age of 33, Iverson is still as quick as ever, and is starting to take better shots. He is a much better passer than he gets credit for and is always among the league leaders in steals. Iverson's crossover is still the most feared in basketball.
2. Dwayne Wade - After an injury riddled season last year, Wade showed the world at this Summer's Olympic games that he is back. Wade attacks the basket just about every time he touches the ball, which guarantees him about 10 trips to the line a game. He can create his own shot anytime he likes and has already shown he can lead a team to a championship. Aside from being an elite scorer, Wade is a good passer, solid rebounder, and does a great job of playing passing lanes.
1. Kobe Bryant - The best player in the game period. No matter how many players you put on Kobe, he is still going to score. Aside from being the best offensive player in the game, Kobe has become a fixture on the All Defensive team.