Today I will continue ranking players by their position. Today’s “Top Five by Position” will address the scorers, and debatably the deepest position in the NBA today, the Shooting Guards.
(REMINDER: 60 GAMES MINIMUM)
C.J McCollum, Donavan Mitchell, Klay Thompson, and Andre Ingram.
Obviously, Andre Ingram is nowhere as good as the players mentioned, and that will be mentioned. However, I wouldn’t be a real NBA diehard fan if I didn’t appreciate the 10-year D/G-League vet coming into the NBA at age 32 and dropping 19 points in his first game, shooting 4/5 from the arc. This story is one of the best of the 2017-2018 NBA season, and had to be mentioned.
The Washington Wizards second option was without John Wall for literally half of the season, and he stepped up in Wall’s absence. Leading the team in scoring with 22.6 points per game, the Wizards had a decent 42-38 record. Beal also stepped up his passing with 4.5 per game, averaging a full assist better than last season. He was also top 10 as a shooting guard in rebounding, hauling in 4.4 per game. Beal’s leadership and skill in Wall’s absence gives him the five spot on this list.
Lou Williams was the best player on a sorry Clippers team, and carried them to a 42-38 record. Lou led the Clips in scoring with 22.6 points per game, and got others involved with his 5.3 per game. “Sweet Lou” is a fantastic scorer, and now has upped his passing game as well. Averaging 2.5 rebounds, obviously not his strong suit, DeAndre Jordan had that covered. These two will have to both step it up to their former All-Star levels if the Clippers want to improve in the future. Lou Will is carrying his weight for sure, giving him the four spot on this list.
The one seed, 57-22, Raptors were led by Demar Derozan. Derozan averaged 23.1 points per game, involved others with his 5.2 assists per game, and helped a bit on the boards with 3.9 per game. The regular season is where the Raptors shine, and Demar Derozan was the third best shooting guard during this regular season.
As the most improved player, Oladipo took the leadership role after finding himself traded to Indiana. Oladipo, tied with aforementioned Derozan, was second in scoring by shooting guards, averaging 23.1 points per game. Oladipo also averaged 4.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds. His steady improvement gifted the assumed rebuilding Pacers the five seed, and hope that Oladipo will be their star of the future. He is off to a fantastic start as a star, giving him the two spot in top 5 shooting guards in the NBA.
Who else but the MVP candidate James Harden? It seems as though Harden has been in discussion for the best Shooting Guard in the NBA since he left the Thunder. This season Harden looks to win his first NBA MVP (not if LeBron James has anything to say about it) averaging an insane 30.4 points, 8.8 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game. His 30.4 PPG is tops in the NBA. The best backcourt in the NBA, Harden along with new teammate Chris Paul, lead the Houston Rockets to a 65-16 record, good for the one seed in the stacked Western Conference. Hardens leadership is unquestioned. He is chasing his first MVP and Finals Title this season and may get it if he, Chris Paul, and the Houston Rockets can overcome the super team Golden State Warriors. Harden takes the number one spot on this list because of his scoring, basketball IQ, and insane abilities on the court.
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Written by: Jake Gratzinger