Updated: May 21, 2021
The shooting guard position in the NBA has been known to be the primary position for some of the league's all-time great. Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant to name a few.
Today's primary shooting guard can handle the ball, shoot extremely well, and play great defense.
10 Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet has been the one bright spot for a struggling Toronto Raptors team. Pascal Siakam has seemed to take a step back, Kyle Lowry is still great but not what he used to be. VanVleet is an undersized guard, but one would not know that from seeing the way he impacts the court. His scoring and assists have gone up every year.
VanVleet Season Stats:
PPG 20.1 APG 6.5 RPG 4.4 3FG 37.2% SPG 1.8
9 Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert comes into every year looking like a star in the making, until he gets hurt. LeVert can score, from everywhere, and at any time. Staying healthy has been his biggest issue. Now on the Pacers LeVert will look to take more of the scoring load than he did in Brooklyn behind Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. LeVert looks to bounce back after having a cancerous cell removed from his kidney.
LeVert Season Stats:
PPG 17.3 APG 5.3 RPG 4.2 SPG 1.3
8 Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton has finally emerged on to the scene in 2021. He singled handedly defeated a Brooklyn Nets squad of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant. Sexton was the 8th pick in the 2018 draft, but has been overshadowed by fellow draftees Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Trae Young, and Luka Doncic. He has become the man for a young Cleveland as his scoring has gone up by at least four points ever year.
Sexton Season Stats:
PPG 24.0 APG 4.3 RPG 2.8 3FG 39.1% FG 47.8%
7 C.J. McCollum
C.J. McCollum is a lethal scorer for everywhere. His shooting stroke is so pure and almost unguardable. His defense has steadily improved every year to help himself and backcourt mate Damian Lillard stop opposing guards from scoring. McCollum has been sidelines most of the season due to a fractured back. One big thing missing from McCollum's resume is an All-Star appearance.
McCollum Season Stats:
PPG 24.3 APG 4.4 RPG 3.7 FG 43.9% 3FG 42.5%
6 Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine was severely underrated this year by myself and ESPN. ESPN had him outside the Top 50 players in the league and I ranked LaVine at 44. Looking back now LaVine is arguably a Top 30 player this season. He began to hit big shots and become more than just an athletic dunker. His defense his lackluster, but he has started to take accountability for it. Bulls will go as far as LaVine and his new counterpart Nikola Vucevic can take them. Lavine is averaging a career his in points, assists, rebounds, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage.
LaVine Season Stats:
PPG 28.1 APG 4.9 RPG 5.0 FG 52% 3FG 43.7%
5. Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell is a legitimate threat to be a Top 3 shooting guard in the league. He is a big reason the Utah Jazz have the best record in the league. He is averaging a career his in points, assists, rebounds, and 3-point shooting. Mitchell's defense is one of the best in the league and helps solidify the best defense in the league.
Mitchel Season Stats:
PPG 25.4 RPG 4.6 APG 5.5 3FG 38.4% FG 43%
4. Devin Booker
Devin Booker has finally stepped onto the scene. This year's Devin Booker is the player everyone has been waiting for and it has started to show in the win column. The Suns looked like they were on the right track last season as they went 8-0 in the bubble. Booker and backcourt mate Chris Paul look to bring the Suns back into the playoffs. Booker is the key in Phoenix.
Booker Season Stats:
PPG 25.1 APG 4.7 RPG 4.1 3FG 35% FG 49.5%
3. Bradley Beal
What a year it has been for Bradley Beal. After being the biggest snub last All-Star break, Beal comes back as an All-Star starter. Beal is the leagues leading scorer with 31.3 PPG (a career-high), a certified bucket-getter. The Wizards have been really good this year and really bad this year with the best offense in the game and the worst defense in the game. The Wizards will go as far as Beal and Russell Westbrook can take them.
Beal Season Stats:
PPG 31.3 APG 4.8 RPG 5.0 SPG 1.2 FG 48.5%
2. Paul George
Paul George is back. After a year of "load-management" and poor playoff performances PG13 appears to have found his stride again. George is arguably the best "two-way" player in the game. He shoots at a high clip, can create shots and defend nearly every position. The Clippers will only go as far as George's playoff performances can take them. He is averaging career highs in FG%, 3FG%, and APG.
George Season Stats:
PPG 22.8 RPG 6.3 APG 5.3 3FG 44.1% FG 47.7%
1. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving was a point guard until James Harden became a Brooklyn Net. Now he is a shooting guard. Irving told Harden to run point and Kyrie has been listed as the SG ever since. He is a magician with the basketball. The best handles in the game. Pure shooter and it actually unguardable. His defense could be better, but with this current Nets team all they need to do is outscore their opponents, which they are very capable of.
Irving Season Stats:
PG 27.9 RPG 4.9 APG 6.2 3FG 39.8% FG 51.4%
Here's a list of guys that just missed the cut.
Kelly Oubre Jr.
Disclaimer: Klay Thompson would be number 4 if he was not hurt.