The two guard is the most glamorous position in basketball. You can thank Michael Jordan for that. Every kid of my generation grew up wanting to play the two, rock a sweatband on the left elbow, wear baggy shorts and the number 23, and we all thought we’d grow up to be 6-6. Power players may traditionally determine who’s got the juice, but shooting guards are nearly as important. The very best can create shots anywhere on the floor, and routinely finish games by getting shots in the closing moments. These are normally the very best athletes in the world; graceful, but still powerful… explosive, but still finesse. No one has the same combination of jaw-dropping athleticism and phenomenal ball skills the greatest shooting guards wield.
How did I determine this list? You mean besides on-court performance? The only real problem with swingmen is determining who should be pigeon-holed into the three-spot and the two. The game is evolving and so are positions. But with only a select few players – Tyreke Evans and Stephen Jackson (I considered him a SF) to name a couple – did it really affect my decision.
After reading our lists of the top 10 small forwards, top 10 point guards, top 10 centers and the top 10 power forwards in the game today, you realize how hard it is to put something like this together. Everyone’s an expert and has an opinion of their own, so no matter what combination of 10 NBA players you assemble, even if they’re all All-Stars, you’re bound to leave off a former All-Star or up-and-coming talent.
So with that, here is the capper for our positional rankings: the top 10 shooting guards in the NBA right now: