NBA Power Rankings: Ranking the Top 10 Shooting Guards in the East
The East’s fire power at the shooting guard position is not nearly that top to bottom, like that of the West, but it is still impressive, nonetheless.
To comprise the list, I took a look at each player’s regular season stats (such as points per game, rebounds, assists, etc) and then took a look at where they ranked in the conference’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) to give them a spot.
The list was pretty tough to put together after the top five.
Please feel free to leave any comments if you think that another player should be on the list or that a player on the list should be higher or lower.
Here is another one of my power rankings by position in the East
No. 10: Jamal Crawford
16 PPG, 3.4 APG, 1.8 RPG, 43% FG, 16.28 PER
Last year’s Sixth Man of the Year award recipient, Crawford is good enough to be a starter on majority of NBA teams. If he was a starter, I would for sure have him higher on this list.
Crawford is a dynamic scorer when he gets on the court and has the ability to stretch defenses, as shown by his three-point field goal percentage of 35 percent.
Crawford plays much more than most bench players, so he doesn’t exactly fit the role of a bench player. Crawford logs an average of 31.1 minutes per game.
Crawford’s scoring when he comes in is essential for the Hawks because he gives them a different dynamic from the starters, and he can play the point, shooting guard or even a little small forward.
No. 9: DeMar DeRozan
15.5 PPG, 1.7 APG, 3.6 RPG, 46% FG, 13.23 PER
DeRozan shows flashes of great play, but also is pretty limited as a player.
He is a horrible three-point shooter, knocking down only two of the 25 shots he’s taken from behind the arc.
DeRozan still manages to put up a fair amount of points on a regular basis, as his 15.5 PPG show. He also manages to notch exactly one steal per game.
He’s only 21-years-old, so he can still improve a good bit. Until he can start knocking down his three-point shots, DeRozan will never be mistaken as a top guy at the position.
No. 8: Landry Fields
10.2 PPG, 1.9 APG, 7.2 RPG, 52% FG, 14.35 PER
I really like what Fields brings to the table. He’s a great rebounder from the shooting guard position and can stretch defenses better than some of the other guys on this list, shooting 39 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Fields doesn’t score as many points as some of the other guys, but he makes up for because of his overall efficiency as a player.
The 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him, and Knicks’ fans should be happy to have him.
No. 7: Jason Richardson
16.7 PPG, 1.5 APG, 4.3 RPG, 45.7% FG, 16.33 PER
Richardson has always been one of the most exciting athletes to watch in the NBA, and has put together a very impressive highlight reel of his own dunks. Richardson is far from a one act player though, and has continued to improve his game from an all-around standpoint.
He puts up good numbers across the board and is a pretty good three-point shooter in his own right at 39.7 percent. He also averages about a steal per game, completing the box score in all facets of the game.
Richardson has seen his PER stay in about the same range the last couple of years, but it is going down a bit year-by-year. At 30-years-old, Richardson looks to be on the downside of his career.
He’s still a very good player and a natural scorer, so he easily makes this list.
No. 6: Stephen Jackson
18.9 PPG, 3.8 APG, 4.7 RPG, 40.6% FG, 14.78 PER
A very good offensive package, Jackson is the Charlotte Bobcats leading scorer. He also adds 1.4 steals per game to that statline.
Jackson only has Gerald Wallace with him in Charlotte that can take pressure off for him and the lack of support seems to have hurt his overall game a bit.
His PER has dropped from 15.69 last year to his current 14.78. Getting it back over 15 is going to be tough for him to do this year, but another offensive threat for the Bobcats would really help him do that.
Jackson is still one of the major factors in the Bobcats attempt at the playoffs.
No. 5: Nick Young
17.4 PPG, 1.3 APG, 2.7 RPG, 44.5% FG, 15.23 PER
Young may be the league’s top breakout stars. He is well-above his career totals this year at the age of 25 and now looks like he may be on his way to a great career.
Young is also proficient from behind the arc, hitting a very solid 39 percent.
There isn’t anything good to look forward to this season for Washington Wizards fans, but the guard combination of John Wall and Young should continue to be at the top of league.
They just need to build around the talented duo.
No. 4: Andre Iguodala
14.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 5.7 RPG, 46.5% FG, 18.11 PER
Iguodala has the best overall line of the list so far, as well as the highest efficiency rating.
Iguodala has been around the league awhile now, and though the 27-year-old’s points per game are down, the rest of his numbers are either right at career averages or he easily is surpassing them.
He is shooting 33.7 percent from behind the arc, which is better than his career average of 32.2 percent.
Iguodala is going to be on this list for along time as he shows no signs of slowing down unless injuries get to him.
No. 3: Ray Allen
17.3 PPG, 3 APG, 3.6 RPG, 50.6% FG, 17.70 PER
Allen is still one of the league’s best three-point shooters at 45.7 percent, and is just a few three-pointers away from holding the NBA’s all-time record for most converted three-pointers.
Allen is a very stable player for the Celtics and is a guy that gives you a veteran savvy mixed in with the talents that he still has. The 35-year-old has shown that he can still do everything asked of him, and is still a focal point on one of the best teams in the league.
Allen’s career may slowly be creeping to its end, but there is still a good bit left in his tank, including a possible NBA title later this year.
No. 2: Joe Johnson
20.5 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.3 RPG, 45% FG, 19.33 PER
Johnson holds the second spot by what I see as a pretty decent margin. He’s over a point more efficient than any of the previous guys on the list.
Johnson’s January was almost other-wordly as the 6’7” 240 pounder averaged 26 PPG, 4.8 APG and 4.5 RPG. His hot play has continued as he is averaging 25 points per game so far in February.
Because of the guy ahead of him, Johnson doesn’t seem like he’ll ever top this list. Hawks’ fans shouldn’t be too upset by this though, because Johnson is still a top-tier player.
Johnson has been vital to his team’s recent push to the top of the East’s standing, and if his play continues, you might hear his name in MVP discussions.
No. 1: Dwayne Wade
25.4 PPG, 4.3 APG, 6.9 RPG, 49.7% FG, 25.62 PER
Wade is an absolute monster, and is without question a top five player in the league, and probably top three for almost anybody.
Wade’s PER number is actually higher than the guy most (myself included) still consider to be the top player in the game in Kobe Bryant (25.13).
Wade can do it all on the offensive end and is one of the best finishers in the game. He adds a decent 31.6 percent from behind the arc to his amazing ability to get past defenders, get to the basket, draw the foul, and finish the shots.
At the age of 29, this list may be dominated for another half decade if not more by Wade, and all of those Miami Heat haters will just have to get used to seeing him and LeBron James together.