For a position that holds the names of some of the greatest players of all time, composing a list of ten of the greatest shooting guards proved to be difficult. Undoubtedly, there will be some left off the list that fans will find inexcusable. Let us kick off the list, then, with this:
Jerry West: In a previous piece, I chose to put "The Logo" as one of my top point guards of all time. West played in an era where you were simply a "guard," positions were not broken down into point and shooting guard until later. I knew this would inspire criticism no matter what guard position I chose to put "Mr. Clutch." Due to his build and high assist numbers, especially during his championship year, I chose to categorize him as a point guard.
Julius Erving: Dr. J could go as either a shooting guard or small forward. One of the most important players in NBA history, I chose to put the transcendent Erving as a small forward.
Bernard King: See above.
Earl Monroe: In the most difficult omission of the list, "Black Jesus" was beaten out by the slimmest of margins by the players who made the rank. Readers over 45 may want to have me bound and tortured. A relatively short career and an even shorter peak were determining factors.