Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and the Top 10 Shooting Guards in the NBA Today

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 18, 2010

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When discussing the best shooting guards in the NBA, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are the first two names that come to mind.  But what about after that, who are the most dominant players at the two position?  Take a look...

Honorable Mentions: 

O.J. Mayo - 15.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.17 SPG
Jason Richardson -
20.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.27 SPG
Ray Allen - 
18.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, .73 SPG


10. Stephen Jackson - 18.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.27 SPG

Jackson has been a solid player in the NBA for the last eight seasons, averaging at least 15.0 points per game every year.  He has always been a decent shooter, but this year he has been exceptionally well, shooting 42.7 percent from the field, and 42.9 percent from three point range.


9. Brandon Roy - 18.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.45 SPG

The 6'6'' 24-year-old out of the University of Washington has been somewhat slacking this year, averaging his lowest numbers in PPG, APG, and RPG since his rookie season.


8. Kevin Martin - 23.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, .64 SPG

With Aaron Brooks and Yao Ming out with injuries, Kevin Martin will be even more productive. Martin is the leading scorer on the Houston Rockets and has had ankle problems since the beginning of the season.


7. Eric Gordon - 23.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.10 SPG

In his third season in the National Basketball Association, Gordon is averaging career highs in PPG, APG, RPG, SPG, and BPG.  Surprisingly Gordon is shooting poorly from behind the arc, 18.9 percent, but he has still managed to shoot 45.3 percent from the field.


6. Andre Iguodala - 12.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.00 SPG, .75 BPG

Andre Iguodala doesn't have a high points per game average but that is because he's been bother by his right Achilles tendinitis almost this entire season.  Iguodala has proven to be an all-around player and should put up even better numbers when he returns.


5. Manu Ginobili - 21.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.80 SPG, .50 BPG

The San Antonio Spurs are 9-1 so far this season, with Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan proving to be a big three of their own.  If Manu can continue to play at the high level he's been performing, than the Spurs will be a serious contender in the Western Conference.


4. Joe Johnson - 19.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.1 APG, .83 SPG

Joe Johnson has gotten off to a slow start this season, but he is still one of the best shooting guards in the NBA.  He's been struggling from three point range, shooting 26.4 percent but you can expect him to improve.  


3. Monta Ellis - 26.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.8 APG, 2.55 SPG

Ellis has been sensational this season, shooting better than 50 percent from the field, while improving his defensive game, averaging over two steals in every contest.  If Ellis continues to shoot this well from the field, than the Warriors will be a hard team to defeat this season.


2. Dwyane Wade - 24.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.18 SPG, 1.09 BPG

Everyone wondered how much Wade's stat's would suffer with the acquisitions of Chris Bosh and LeBron James.  The truth is, not much so far this season.  Wade is averaging 1.1 rebounds more, three assists fewer, and 2.5 points less than last year. Wade-James-Bosh struggled a bit early on in the season, but are seeming to figure things out as expected.  Wade's numbers should remain about the same for the rest of the year.


1. Kobe Bryant- 26.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.08 SPG

Is there any doubt that Kobe Bryant is the best shooting guard in the National Basketball Association?  I certainly hope not.  Kobe has been one of the most dominant players in the NBA for the last 10 years.  At 32, some say that he's becoming old and will slowly start to diminish as a star player in this league. 

Well, by the looks of it, this is not likely to happen this year.  Bryant is averaging .7 fewer points per game than last season, while averaging the same amount of assists, and .8 more rebounds.



Stats as of November 17, 2010