By: Librado Wright
On Monday we took a look at the top six point guards the NBA has to offer, and judging by the reaction every basketball fan out there has their own list that is worth talking about. Without any further ado, I bring to you HOOPSWORLD's Top Shooting Guards.
It is worth mentioning that the shooting guards in the NBA are the most dynamic players on the court and most times are looked upon to carry their teams in clutch moments.
Here are the rankings...
6. Kevin Martin - Sacramento Kings
After averaging 23.7 points per game a season ago, Kevin Martin has established himself as one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. It is no accident Martin has emerged as a superstar for the Kings due to his sharp shooting ability and elusiveness on the court last season. With Ron Artest shipped off to the Houston Rockets in a trade, this Kings team is now all Martin's to lead. That huge responsibility should bring about great results from the fifth-year pro.
5. Michael Redd - Milwaukee Bucks
Considered by many as one of the most underrated guards in the NBA, Michael Redd has been a solid sorer for the Milwaukee Bucks in his seven seasons in the NBA. Playing in 72 games last season, averaging 22.7 point a night, Redd shined once again as a bonafide threat every time he touched the basketball. His big play abilities earned him a spot on the gold medal U.S. National team where he contributed off the bench. Coming off a great summer, Redd will look for another stellar season and another shot at being an All-Star for the Eastern Conference.
4. Tracy McGrady - Houston Rockets
Healthy or not Tracy McGrady is still one of the best guards in the NBA. With Yao Ming going down in the second half of last season with an injury, he was able to show the world that he was still a big-game player. Leading the Houston Rockets to the playoffs in a tightly knotted Western Conference, McGrady averaged 27.0 points per game last season and was a legitimate contender for the NBA MVP award. McGrady has taken a lot of criticism for not winning in the playoffs, but the way he plays the game with great effort makes him an invaluable asset for his team.
3. Allen Iverson - Denver Nuggets
Who said Allen Iverson has lost a step or is slowing down as a player? Well if "The Answer" has slowed down it did not show last season. In his eleven seasons in the NBA, Allen Iverson has consistently been one of league's best guards every season since entering the league. Last season, Iverson took a back seat to teammate Carmelo Anthony as the go-to guy on offense, but in crunch time head coach George Karl did not hesitate to put the ball in Iverson's hands. This season should be no different for Iverson as he will once again be one of the league's top guards.
2. Dwyane Wade - Miami HEAT
Not one of his better seasons since entering the NBA, Dwyane Wade only played in 51 games for the Miami Heat last season due to nagging injuries. After playing this summer for the gold medal U.S. National Team and showing his dominance, it is safe to say Wade is due for a big year for the HEAT. With playing alongside Shawn Marion this season and rookie Michael Beasley, Wade is set for another All-Star campaign.
1. Kobe Bryant- Los Angeles Lakers
Hands down the best shooting guard in the NBA, Kobe Bryant proved that in his MVP campaign a season ago and this past summer playing for the U.S. National team. Bryant was dominant for the Los Angeles Lakers, leading his team to the top spot in a very competitive Western Conference. Bryant's ability to take on double-teams, to find the open teammate or make big shots in the final seconds of close games is what makes this eleven-year pro the best overall player in the NBA.
Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) & Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks): Easily could eventually be in the top six and in a year or two they both may be near the top of the list, but for now this duo should be considered as on the rise. Having the consistency is key when being considered one of the best at your position and both Roy and Johnson are starting to show that genuine attribute.
Manu Ginoboli - San Antonio Spurs: Considered the best sixth man in the NBA, Manu Ginoboli's speed and electrifying skills have earned him respect by the opposition and is considered one of the NBA's best shooting guards.
Richard Hamilton - Detroit Pistons: Always a consistent and reliable player, Richard Hamilton has turned himself into one of the NBA's best players especially in clutch moments. His tough nose defense and mid-range game makes Hamilton a handful on a nightly basis.
Ray Allen - Boston Celtics: Even though Ray Allen averaged 15.6 points per game last season, he is still looked upon as one of the best shooters in the NBA.
Vince Carter - New Jersey Nets: Vince Carter is not the same player that made a living doing 360 dunks while playing for the at the beginning of his career. But overall he is still a big time scorer who can erupt on any giving night.