Top 20 shooting guards in the NBA in 2019-20
Top 20 SG in the NBA right now
In the positionless NBA, it's become harder to differentiate shooting guards from a small forward or even power forward.
With that in mind, there are still a few players out there who do play next to true point guards and do most of their work on the perimeter. Here's a look at the top 20 players from that group.
20. Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat
From undrafted free agent to one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, Robinson is a terrific NBA success story.
He's already solidified himself as one of the best three-point snipers in the NBA and has earned himself a starting role on a contending Miami Heat team. It'll be interesting to see where his development goes next.
19. Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
Dinwiddie is a solid off-ball scorer who can handle primary ball-handler responsibilities and play decent defense as well. A welcomed addition to any fanbase that wants to pay him to sign a one-year deal with their squad.
18. Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings
Hield is a dangerous shooter who maintains excellent percentages on a high-volume of threes he mostly takes off the dribble.
At this point, though, Hield hasn't shown much more than being a gunner.
17. DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
A talented scorer who refuses to take threes, DeRozan is one of the more frustrating cases in the NBA.
He's always shot a good percentage from the field and gotten to the line, but his obsession with the mid-range has limited his, and his team's, ceiling time and time again.
16. Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
The best bench scorer in NBA history deserves a spot on this list. Lou Williams has never blown us away with speed or quickness, he just knows exactly where his spots are and you can't seem to keep him from getting to them.
Williams will come into a game mid-way through the first quarter and before you know it, he's got 15 points and opposing coaches are calling timeouts to cool him down.
15. Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
VanVleet is one of those players you don't truly understand why he's so good until he's killing your favorite team by making the right play every time down the floor.
He has the size of a point guard, but playing next to Kye Lowry has allowed VanVleet to flourish in an off-ball role that has helped the Raptors sustain the loss of Kawhi Leonard quite well.
14. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder
Gilgeous-Alexander is the Thunder's crown-jewel from the Paul George trade and his potential looks a bit scary right now.
Playing next to Chris Paul, he's turned himself into an efficient scorer, plus-defender and reliable playmaker as a lead-guard. Still only 21 years old, the Thunder have to love what they've seen out of SGA so far.
13. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Smart is undoubtedly the most versatile defender in the NBA at his position and looks to be a lock for another All-Defensive team selection.
His contributions don't stop on defense either. He's developed into a solid playmaker and, depending on the night, can fill it up from three-point land.
12. Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving has talked about the Nets needing a third piece to compete for championships, and with Kevin Durant out most of the year, LeVert showed flashes of being that guy.
The only issue is he needs the ball to be the best version of himself, and on a team with Irving and Durant, those opportunities will be scarce.
11. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
LaVine continued his upward trajectory as a scorer in 2019-20, averaging a career-high 25.5 points per game before the season was suspended. He can score from all three levels and has a pretty shooting stroke that should help him be a 20-point scorer for quite some time.
He just hasn't shown the ability to give his teams anything other than buckets.
10. Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
Holiday plays the off-guard position with New Orleans, but his responsibilities resemble more of a point guard's when it's winning time.
He's a quietly good scorer, solid playmaker and exceptionally good defender. Exactly the kind of guy you'd want playing beside Zion Williamson.
9. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Brown made a sizeable leap after nearly everyone on the Celtics had a down year a season ago. He improved his ball-handling tremendously, grew as a passer in transition and out of the pick-and-roll, and further developed his shooting off the dribble.
With him and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics will have a pair of high-quality two-way wings for a long time.
8. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Middleton has become the perfect No. 2 option for Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's an insanely efficient scorer, terrific shooter and above-average defender.
He hasn't had to be "The Guy" for a team yet, so it's hard to say where his production would go without the reigning MVP terrorizing defenses every night.
7. Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Injuries have kept Oladipo from building off the momentum from winning the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 2018. When healthy, he's one of the best two-way players in the league.
6. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Mitchell is by far Utah's best scoring option and at times their only source of shot creation in crunch time. That has hindered his efficiency in the past, but the third-year guard started to turn a corner before the 2019-20 season was suspended.
Mitchell has the talent to be No. 1 on this list, however, it remains to be seen whether he or the Jazz will be able to maximize said talent.
5. CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
A smooth scorer who really improved as a playmaker this season, McCollum has been a model of consistency at the shooting guard position for five years now.
Unfortunately for him and Damian Lillard, the Blazers haven't had many good wings in an era where teams absolutely need them.
4. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Booker is coming off a career year, averaging over 26 points and six assists on much better efficiency than a season ago. He earned himself his first All-Star selection and there should be many more to come.
Now if he could just get the Suns to win some more games.
3. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
When healthy, Klay Thompson is the perfect running-mate for Stephen Curry and possibly the second-best shooter of all time.
An ACL tear claimed the entire 2019-20 season for Thompson, but there's little doubt he and the Warriors will be back in contention when he returns next season.
2. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal came into his own as a No. 1 option with John Wall out for the year and experienced the best statistical season of his career. He averaged 30.5 points and 6.1 assists, both career highs.
Once Wall comes back, it'll be interesting to see if Beal can increase his efficiency with less defensive attention on him.
1. James Harden, Houston Rockets
Harden spends an absurd amount of time with the ball in his hands as a primary initiator on the Rockets, but he still plays next to pure point guards like Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul.
Harden probably qualifies as both a point guard and shooting guard, so in that case, he deserves to be the top guy on this list. His production is astronomical and he's one of the few players in the NBA who can say he's an offensive system by himself.