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Top 5 Shooting Guards in the NBA

There are some good SG's in the NBA and then there is a drop-off. This is my opinion, and if you disagree, I can respect that. Here we go:

#1: Kobe Bryant: 27.3 PPG, 6.0 APG, 5.6 RPG, 46.3 FG%, 23.1 PER (2nd among SG's)

He is coming back from an Achilles injury but I believe he will come to full form or very close to it. Why? Because he's Kobe Bryant. The Lakers had a very unpredictable, disappointing season last year but Kobe still did well. In fact, you could argue he had one of the best seasons of his career if you look at the numbers. For most of the season it looked like Kobe carried the team on his back. Whether or not the Lakers make the playoffs or not, I believe Kobe will still have a good year. 

#2: James Harden: 25.9 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.9 RPG, 43.8 FG%, 23.00 PER (3rd among SG's)

This was a tough choice between Paul George and James Harden but I have to go with James Harden. Whenever I don't know who to choose, I look at the numbers. Harden has more PPG, APG, a higher PER, better FT%, better 3PT%, and a better FG%. He will now join Dwight Howard and will try to compete for a championship. We also got to see how much talent he has after leaving OKC for a bigger contract. 

#3: Paul George: 17.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 7.6 RPG, 41.9 FG%, 16.84 PER (8th among SG's)

He is the most improved player in the NBA and we got to see that after Danny Granger left. I put him on the SG list because once Granger comes back from his injury, it is likely that George will go back to the 2 spot. He is not only a great offensive player, but a solid defensive player. He will soon, if not already, be a top 10 player in the NBA. 

#4: Dwyane Wade: 21.2 PPG, 5.1 APG, 5.0 RPG, 52.1 FG%, 24.04 PER (1st among SG's)

He may be slowing down, but he is still a three time champion and can attack the rim when healthy. Health is pretty much the only issue with him. When healthy, he is one of the best players in the league and will now try to win his 4th championship. 

#5: Andre Igoudala: 13.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 15.27 PER (16th among SG's)

This is where the SG position starts its drop. Igoudala is a great defender and an all-around player. We probably could have seen more from him but he was on the Nuggets where no one averages more than 17 PPG. He will now be on the Warriors and have the potential to go to the WCF. 

On the bubble: J.R. Smith, Joe Johnson, Manu Ginobili, Jamal Crawford 

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