There is a major emphasis on backcourt scoring in the NBA and a point guard cannot do his job alone. In case you missed our Top-10 point guards entering the 2021-22 NBA season article, you can go back and view that here, but today, we are going to take a look at the top shooting guards in the league.
While you have guys like Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and others as pure scorers and some of the best offensive players in the NBA at the point guard position, there are just as good scoring threats in this league at the shooting guard position.
While this position is weaker in terms of star power compared to the point guard position, there are a ton of shooting guards in this league who are not only instrumental to their team’s success but All-Star-level players.
Both James Harden and Kyrie Irving were classified as “point guards” in our previous Top-10 points guards list, so they are not included on this list, as is the same with both Jaylen Brown and Paul George, who will both be featured on the Top-10 small-forwards list which will release soon.
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Compared to other positions in the NBA, the shooting guard position is very unique because while a lot of teams do as the position says and put “shooters” here, there are a handful of teams who use this position as a “utility” spot on the floor for their most athletic player.
Guards who are great at playing and moving off-the-ball, as well as wings who can play perimeter-to-post find a spot on the floor at the shooting guard position, which is why they are such valuable assets.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our Top-10 shooting guards entering the 2021-22 NBA season list and where some of the league’s best scorers rank. Real quick, we do want to give shoutouts to Collin Sexton, Anthony Edwards, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, all of which barely missed the cut for the Top-10.