The title of shooting guard king was passed down from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant over a decade ago. Kobe has been nothing but unstoppable for nearly 16 years, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other great shooting guards in the league.
Here is what we projected as the Top 10 shooting guards in the preseason:
1. Kobe Bryant
2. Dwyane Wade
3. Joe Johnson
4. James Harden
5. Manu Ginobili
6. Paul George
7. Monta Ellis
8. Kevin Martin
9. Eric Gordon
10. OJ Mayo
We made this list right before Harden and Martin were swapped for each other and thought George would be playing shooting guard since Granger was slotted in at small forward. George is featured on the Top 10 small forwards list while Ellis is on the point guard list.
Here’s the Top 10 Shooting Guards of the 2013 NBA season:
10. OJ Mayo: 15.3 PPG, 4.4 APG, 3.5 RPG, 44 FG%, 40 3P%, 82 FT%
Mayo decided to leave Memphis and join the Dallas Mavericks this season to be the second scoring option behind Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk missed a bulk of the early season and Mayo turned into the Mavs’ No. 1 scoring option. Mayo once again put another solid season in his early career but it’s clear he isn’t a star that can lead a team deep in the playoffs. Mayo is a perfect number second or third option so if the Mavs can land Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, Mayo might be in the perfect situation for next season.
9. Tony Allen: 8.9 PPG, 1.2 APG, 4.6 RPG, 44 FG%, 12 3P%, 71 FT%
You obviously cannot judge Allen off his offensive statistics because anyone who knows basketball knows he hasn’t made his name by nailing jump shots. Allen is an elite defender who is often called the best perimeter defender in basketball. Allen was rightfully named to the All-NBA First Defensive team along with being a big part of the Grizzlies team that was in the Western Conference Finals.
8. DeMar DeRozan: 18.1 PPG, 2.5 APG, 3.9 RPG, 44 FG%, 28 3P%, 83 FT%
The four-year man out of USC had career highs in nearly every category. DeRozan will definitely benefit with Rudy Gay on the team to get some of the defensive attention off of him. DeRozan showed the promise and potential the Raptors saw in him when they drafted him with the ninth overall pick in 2009 this season and the future looks bright. DeRozan can gain a little more national attention if the Raptors can push for the playoffs next season, which they can very possibly do if he keeps up his play from this season.