The NBA's Five Best Shooting Guards

Kyle CrawfordContributor IIFebruary 8, 2010

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In my last post I went through the five best point guards in the NBA today. I've decided to make this into somewhat of a mini-series in which I will outline the best players at each position in the league.

Today that position will be Shooting Guard.

A good shooting guard is someone that can stretch the floor, keep the opposing defense honest, and also create points for himself. The best shooting guards, however, are always a scoring threat, can create shots for themselves, and can absolutely take control of the game.

1. Kobe Bryant

Bryant is arguably the most dominant player in basketball today.

He can beat you in a variety of ways, he'll post you up, blow by you, hit a pull up jumper, or hit a three-pointer if you give him an open shot.

Kobe has netted four game winners this year: a pull up over Ray Allen, a last second three-pointer, a running bank shot three-pointer against the Heat, and a fade away jumper against the Bucks.

Kobe is averaging 28 points, 4.6 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game showing how his versatility. 

As a 12 time All-star, a four-time NBA Champion, a two-time scoring title champion, and a seven-time All-first team All-NBA Defender, The Black Mamba has built quite the resume.

2. Dwayne Wade

The Flash is one of the most electric and exciting players in the NBA. He can blow by any defender at any point in the game and he can finish in the lane with any of the bigs.

Wade is a freakish athlete with an incredibly quick first step and a great pull up jump shot.

He is the 2009 scoring champion, 2006 NBA Champion and Finals MVP, and a six-time All-star. He is still a rising star, but you have to wonder how many times he can bounce back up after the beating he takes. Hopefully D-Wade will fall down seven times and get up eight for a very long time.

3. Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy is one of the most underrated players in basketball today.

He is averaging 23.1 points, 5 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game. With a great ability  to get to the basket and finish, Roy is shooting just over 35 percent from three-point line, showing that he is completely capable from hitting a shot anywhere on the court.

Roy can also pull up off the dribble as well as the first guards on this list.

Roy was the 2007 rookie of the year and a three time NBA all-star, look for his number of all-star appearances to sky rocket in the future as his scoring has improved every year he's been in the league.

4. Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson is the leading scorer on a up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks team that could make a deep run into the playoffs.

Averaging 21.9 points 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds game, Johnson has seen his stats take a huge rise since moving from the Suns to the Hawks. He has become the go to scorer on a team full of talented guys. He can get to the hoop with ease and hit a jump shot with a hand in his face.

Johnson is a four-time NBA All-star and will more than likely to continue to make appearances in that game.

5. Monta Ellis

The 6' 3" Monta Ellis is showing that for his size he can score as good as anyone in the game.

Ellis has a freakishly good crossover and a tendency to make his defenders look absolutely silly. He can get to the lane and go up and above many shot blockers in the league.

If Ellis could develop a good jump shot and a better three point shot—he only shoots 30 percent from the three-point line for his career—he would become absolutely unstoppable.

Ellis, however, will also need to start taking care of the ball because he is averaging 4.2 turnovers per game.

Ellis was the 2006-2007 most improved player of the year and has continued to improve ever since exploding on the scene. If you catch Ellis on the right night you could see him go off for 40 points in an electrifying performance.

Honorable Mention: Andre Iguodala, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson

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