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The Definitive Top 10 Shooting Guards Of All Time

The definitive Top 10 shooting guards of all time.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Some things are debatable, but these top 3 are a lock.

Off-guard, 2-guard, shooting-guard, no matter how you say it this is the position that has produced some of the most exciting players in NBA history. HoopsVibe sizes up the best of the best and put together this list of Top 10 shooting guards of all-time.

 

#10 Reggie Miller

Most famously remembered for his personal assault on Spoke Lee and the New York Knicks, Miller will go down in history as one of the greatest deep ball shooters of all-time. He will also be remembered as an incredibly clutch shooter. The biggest missing piece to lis legacy is a championship, but many players that played during the era of Jordan suffer from this affliction.

- 18.2 ppg
- 5-time NBA All-Star
- 3 apg
-89% Free-throw shooter

#9 Ray Allen

Allen is that pure shooting guard that alo possesses a mid-range game and penetration, but mostly he’s a hawk from beyond the arc. Although his ability to penetrate waned throughout his career his lethal sharp-shooting continues to make him one of the most feared players in the league from downtown. This is one perimeter threat you better take into account or else his 40% lifetime shooting from downtown will bury you. Oh, and he also shoots 90% from the free-throw line too.

- 20.0 ppg
- 3.6 apg
- 4.2 rpg
- member of one NBA championship team
- all-time leader in three-pointers made in NBA history
- sixth all-time in free throw % in NBA history
- 10-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection
- NBA All-Rookie Team

#8 Dwyane Wade

Wade is first and foremost a warrior. Throughout his career he has done it all. He can take over the game with his penetration, ability to absorb the contact and still make the shot. He is the definition of clutch and no stranger to putting Miami on his shoulders when it counts. He is also a well-rounded player that is active defensively and is just as likely to steal the ball as shoot a dagger three pointer. Wade proved his ability to both win as the one-option or as a team player, later as Miami looked to LeBron James to run the offense. He puts winning and team first.

 - member of two NBA championship team 
- 25.2 ppg
- 6.2 spg
- NBA Finals MVP
- tenth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- seven-time NBA All-Star selection
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- three-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- six-time All-NBA selection

#7 Clyde Drexler

Clyde was mostly known for his smooth approach to the game. His flashy dunks were his calling-card, but Clyde was much more than just an amazing dunker. He had a nasty jumper, quick first step and was an all-around player, as his impressive lifetime stats reflect.

- basketball Hall of Fame
- 20.4 ppg
- 6.1 rpg
- 5.6 apg
- five-time All-NBA selection#6 Reggie Miller
- member of one NBA championship team
- seventh all-time in steals in NBA history
- ninth all-time in steals per game in NBA history
- 10-time NBA All-Star
- five-time All-NBA selection

#6 Allen Iverson

Iverson’s raw stats are impressive, but the most glaring absence in his career is a lack of a championship ring. Iverson was dynamec, but also a somewhat one dimensional player that could only function as the first option on any team. This of course shortened the back-end of his career. It can also be argued that his physical talents and skill level were off the charts, but he comes up sorely lacking in leadership. He lead through example on the court being one of the toughest guys to play the game. He played injured on numerous occasions to lead the 76ers to victories. Some of his accomplishments include:

- 6.2 apg
- 26.7 ppg
- one-time NBA MVP
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- seven-time All-NBA selection
- fourth all-time in minutes per game in NBA history
- sixth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- seventh all-time in steals per game in NBA history
- 11-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- one-time NBA MVP
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- seven-time All-NBA selection

#5 Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich is one of the purest shooters the NBA has ever seen. He was the best 3-point shooter before the 3-point shot even existed. When they finally created the 3-point arc, Maravich shot a staggering 67% from downtown. 

- basketball Hall of Fame 
- 24.2 ppg
- 5.4 apg
- 67% 3-point shooter
- five-time NBA All-Star
- All-Rookie Team
- four-time All-NBA selection

#4 George Gervin

George “iceman” Gervin was known for his silky smooth delivery and hypnotizing finger rolls. His career straddled both the ABA and the NBA, but he dominated the position in both for two decades. 

- 2.8 apg
- 26.2 ppg
- nine-time All-ABA/NBA selection
- ninth all-time in blocks in ABA history
- seventh all-time in points per game in ABA history
- eighth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- 11-time ABA/NBA All-Star
- nine-time All-ABA/NBA selection

#3 Jerry West

West’s silhouette is the official NBA logo and his logo is “Mr. Clutch.” Those two things alone should tell you he was in a league of his own. West was the original unstoppable threat. His shooting was legendary and his stats and championship banners are a testament to his dominance. This small town boy from West Virginia revolutionized the 2-guard position in his day. He was the original shooting-guard and although some time has past since his dominance, let us never forget his greatness. He is a close #3 on this list and could easily be #2 on similar lists as well. 

- basketball Hall of Fame
- 27 ppg
- 6.7 apg
- member of one NBA championship team
- fifth all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- seventh all-time in free throws attempted in NBA history
- seventh all-time in minutes per game in NBA history
- fifth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- 14-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Finals MVP
- 12-time All-NBA selection
- five-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

#2 Kobe Bryant

Kobe has been the most dominant singular force in the game since Jordan. He has a similar repertoire of offensive weapons, the ability to hit the big shot, carry hit team, and inspire his teammates to win. Kobe isn’t at the end of his career and by the time it’s all done he may top MJ in a number of categories. He’s proven he can win in a number of different ways and take over the game at the highest levels on both ends of the court. Coming into the league as a high school phenom, he is one of the NBA’s true greats.

- 25.4 ppg
- 4.7 apg
- member of 5 NBA championships
- sixth all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- eight all-time in points in NBA history
- tenth all-time in points per game in NBA history
- 13-time NBA All-Star
- two-time NBA Finals MVP
- one-time NBA MVP
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- 13-time All-NBA selection
- 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

#1 Michael Jordan

Unanimously regarded as the best player to ever play the game, Michael Jordan tops the list. Many positions on this list are debatable. This one simply is not. Jordan’s raw stats speak for themselves, especially considering the time he lost in his prime to baseball. Yet, to see him play was to worship at the alter of Jordan. His complete dominance of both the game and his opponent revolutionized the game. 

- basketball Hall of Fame 
- 30.1 ppg
- 4.9 spg
- 5.9 rpg
- member of six NBA championship teams
- fourth all-time in field goals made in NBA history
- fourth all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- eighth all-time in free throws attempted in NBA history
- second all-time in steals in NBA history
- third all-time in points in NBA history
- first all-time in points per game in NBA history
- third all-time in steals per game in NBA history
- 14-time NBA All-Star
- Rookie of the Year
- Defensive Player of the Year
- five-time NBA MVP
- six-time NBA Finals MVP
- All-Rookie Team
- 11-time All-NBA selection
- nine-time All-Defensive Team selection

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