Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top 20 Shooting Guards


Our second position to rank the top 20 for is the shooting guard position.  These are the players who seem to put the ball through the net more than most positions which makes it challenging for well-rounded players such as James Harden or Andre Iguodala.  Below are our rankings for next season.



Jacob
JJ
Ben
1
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
2
Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
Dwayne Wade
3
Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy
4
Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson
5
Monta Ellis
Andre Iguodala
Stephen Jackson
6
OJ Mayo
Manu Ginobili
Andre Iguodala
7
Stephen Jackson
Monta Ellis
Manu Ginobli
8
Manu Ginobili
Stephen Jackson
Monta Ellis
9
Andre Iguodala
Ray Allen
Kevin Martin
10
Kevin Martin
O.J. Mayo
Ray Allen
11
Vince Carter
Kevin Martin
O.J. Mayo
12
Caron Butler
Caron Butler
Jason Richardson
13
Ray Allen
Vince Carter
Ben Gordon
14
John Salmons
Jason Richardson
John Salmons
15
Jason Richardson
Jamal Crawford
Jason Terry
16
Jamal Crawford
James Harden
Richard Hamilton
17
JR Smith
John Salmons
Jamal Crawford
18
James Harden
Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon
19
Ben Gordon
J.R. Smith
Mike Miller
20
Eric Gordon
Rip Hamilton
Michael Redd


JACOB – SHOOTING GUARD TO WATCH – KEVIN MARTIN, HOUSTON

Kevin Martin is one of the most efficient shooters in the league with 44.8% FG, 38% 3pt FG, and 85.6% FT shooting.  He has had highs of 48% FG, 41.5% 3pt, and 87.6% FT.  Not many people can shoot the 40-40-90 percent range that Steve Nash and Ray Allen are famous for (among other things) and Kevin Martin is the next generation guy to shoot at that consistent basis.  Only playing 24 games for the Rockets last year, I expect a full season under his belt will have him back in his comfort zone, and he will be the key to the Rockets playoff run (along with the Yao foot story).  You may not like how he shoots the ball, but when he does, it is more than likely going in.


JJ – SHOOTING GUARD TO WATCH – JAMES HARDEN, OKLAHOMA CITY

My player to watch here is James Harden. I admittedly may have ranked him a little too high on my list, but I have high hopes for the kid's future (he'll turn 21 in a week). He had his ups and down in his rookie season, but I think a lot of that had to do with inconsistent playing time. It seemed like every time Harden played over thirty minutes in a game he was an automatic 15-20 points with a handful of rebounds and assists. If Harden gets to start this season for the Thunder and play those kind of minutes consistently, I think you may be looking at this season's Most Improved Player, and a perfect compliment to his young associates Westbrook, Durant, and Green.


BEN – SHOOTING GUARD TO WATCH -- JOHN SALMONS, MILWAUKEE

Salmons enters his first full season with the Bucks, and expectations are high in Milwaukee for a Bucks team that made their first playoff appearance since 2006.  Salmons, in 30 games for the Bucks, put up nice numbers (19.9 ppg, 47% FG, 87% FT), but how will those numbers be affected by the arrival of Corey Maggette, and the potential return from injury of Andrew Bogut and Michael Redd?  Only Salmons knows, and it will be interesting to see if there are enough touches to go around, when you factor in Brandon Jennings' continued development, and Carlos Delfino wanting to bomb away from 3-point land.  This could be a talented team that could do some damage in the Eastern Conference, with Salmons leading the way, IF he gets the ball.

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