My Top 10 Shooting Guards
These are my top 10 shooting guards. Note: I didn't include Allen Iverson because he is in my point guard list.
1. Kobe Bryant
No surprises here. Over 28 points, six boards and five assists certainly merits the No. 1 spot on this list. Bryant can shoot the ball, handle it, play defense, and is amazingly clutch. Bryant only needs to win a few more titles to cement his place as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
2. Dwyane Wade
It always amazes me when people sleep on Dwyane Wade. Just two years ago, he was THE thing after beating the Mavs in the Finals, but now he's rarely discussed. He's had injury problems the past two seasons, but he still posted 24 points, seven assists and five boards. Now that he's healthy, look out.
3. Tracy McGrady
McGrady generally falls too low on lists. Usually, Manu Ginobli occupies this spot, and frankly, I don't know why. It's easy to win with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. McGrady didn't have a great regular season (about 21, 5, and 5), but in the playoffs he averaged 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
4. Manu Ginobli
Ginobli comes off the bench for San Antonio, but he's still pretty damn good. He's one of the keys to the Spurs' continuous success (jealous Suns fan that I am). His stats aren't out of this world, but he brings so much more than that. He's one of the most clutch players in the league, and he is a winner.
5. Joe Johnson
Johnson is one of the most slept on players in the league. He nearly got the Hawks past the Boston Celtics last season, and is a good leader. He averaged 22 points, six assists and 4.5 boards. He is a good shooter and defender, and will continue to improve. Right now, he needs to cut down on his turnovers.
6. Andre Igouadala
Igouadala averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists. He is very athletic, a good finisher around the rim, and plays good defense. He averaged two steals per game, which is a nice average. Igouadala's weaknesses include lack of a jump shot and his tendency to disappear in big games (last year's playoffs against Detroit).
7. Brandon Roy
Roy put up 19 points, six assists and five boards per game. More importantly, he led a young Blazer team desperate for leadership. Roy is the real deal and a great player who is going to improve. I look forward to the Blazers playing this season; they have a great nucleus and Roy is in charge. He's a great kid, too.
8. Vince Carter
Carter posted 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. He is at number eight, though, because of his poor leadership. When many expected the Nets to be serious contenders this season, New Jersey plunged further into mediocrity and had to give away Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson. Carter has to lead this season because it's too early for Devin Harris.
9. Kevin Durant
Durant originally wasn't on my list, but I've been told to put him on, so here he is. During the 07-08 season, Durant averaged 20.3 points and about 4 and a half rebounds. His jump shot isn't wonderfully acurate, but he is a good free throw shooter. Durant is riding a wave of momentum right now, he really picked his game up after All Star Weekend. Look for him to improve.
10. Michael Redd
I'm not a big fan of Redd. He can shoot the ball and score, but that's about it. He needs to develop other faucets of his game. Also, Milwaukee has gone nowhere under Redd, though that may change this season. Richard Jefferson and Scott Skiles are great additions, and may help Redd improve his overall package.
Sorry to Ray Allen, who was replaced by Kevin Durant. I still love you Ray!
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