It’s Day 2, and now it is time to look at Shooting Guards!
#10- Jason Terry-DAL
Jason Terry has been a great scorer off the bench for a long time, and now he is bringing his talents to the bench of the Boston Celtics. The book has been out on him for while, JET is a great scorer, solid defender, and clutch shooter. Terry is the first of the bench brigade on this top 10 list.
#9- Paul George-IND
Paul George had a breakout year last season and looks to be one of the up-and-coming stars in this league at the 2 spot. He is long and plays great defense as well as being a good shooter. He can create his own shot and get to the basket with ease.
#8- Eric Gordon-NOR
Eric Gordon is a great scorer and an elite shooter, but my knock on him comes at the defensive end. He needs to work on his on ball defense. If he can improve on the defensive end this season, he will shoot up this list quickly.
#7- Manu Ginobili-SAS
Manu is aging fast, but he is still a fantastic defender and a great scorer. He has one of the highest basketball IQs in the NBA and is most definitely deserving of this ranking. San Antonio will continue to succeed because of guys like Manu.
#6- James Harden-OKC
This is the last member of the bench brigade on this list. James Harden is the best scorer off the bench and he is a pesky defensive player. His defense isn’t elite, but his offense covers the issue of defense. Harden gets to the basket with ease and can come up big in the clutch. I think Harden will become one of the best in the league when he finally gets a chance to start in a year or two.
#5- Andre Igoudala-DEN
I know that Igoudala has been a small forward for most of his career, but in Denver, he will be playing the shooting guard. Igoudala is the whole package. He can score, rebound, pass, and play defense. He is going to help Denver take the next step in becoming a top contender in the West.
#4- Joe Johnson-BRK
Joe Johnson is a great scorer, shooter, and defender. He is going to be part of one of the top 2 or 3 backcourts in the league now that he is with Deron Williams in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Nets have a great group of starters and Joe is going to help that team become a top contender in the East.
#3- Monta Ellis-MIL
I watched Monta for years in Golden State, where is was consistently ignored by the league. No one would recognize that he is one of the best in the business. He can score at will, dish the ball, and create turnovers. Over the past 5 years, he has consistently been at the top of the league in scoring and steals as well as had the highest assist average amongst 2 guards. Monta is in the prime of his career and will work well with Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee.
#2- Dwyane Wade-MIA
D Wade has taken a back up role to LeBron in Miami, but he is still putting up crazy numbers. There is no mystery about what D Wade brings to the table: Great Scoring, Solid Defense, Good Ball handling, and a killer instinct in the clutch. D Wade is a beast.
#1- Kobe Bryant-LAL
Kobe, 5 Rings, 2 Final MVPs, 1 MVP, 14 All-Star Selections, 9 NBA 1st Team All-Defense, 10 1st Team All-NBA, 2 Scoring titles, and a Slam Dunk in 1997. He is an all-time great, and I believe he still has 3 or 4 years left in the tank. I think he will get at least one more title that will tie him with MJ. It will be an intriguing year now that he has DH12 and Nash as teammates because I think Kobe will need to take a step back for it to work.
Stay tuned for Day 3: Small Forwards tomorrow!!!