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List Rules Only NBA players who played shooting guard for most of their career.

The greatest shooting guards in NBA history are all here in this list of the best shooting guards of all time, ranked by fans of the NBA. Some of today's best NBA players, as well as some of the best NBA players of all time are here on this list of the top shooting guards in NBA history.

The main objective of a shooting guard (or "SG") is to put up points for his team, and some of these NBA shooting guards have put up more points in a season that other shooting guards will hope to score in their whole career. Future hall of famers like Dwayne Wade are currently giving legends like Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler a run for the title of top NBA shooting guard, but for now, Air Jordan still reigns supreme on the roster of the NBA's best shooting guards.

Who are the best shooting guards in NBA history? What skills do the greatest shooting guards have? Are shooting guards the best players in the NBA? This greatest shooting guards list takes the opinions of NBA fans and attempts to name one man the greatest NBA shooting guard in history. If your favorite NBA player isn't on the list, make sure to add him so others can vote for him in the quest to pick the best shooting guard ever.
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1
5,958 1,037
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
5,149 1,561
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

3
4,282 2,669
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Chicago Bulls

4
4,175 1,781
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

5
2,379 1,393
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

6
2,728 1,259
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

7
2,628 1,363
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Ray Allen Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

8
2,380 1,312
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers

9
2,620 1,060
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

10
2,139 1,341
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Vince Carter Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

11
1,690 789
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pete Maravich Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

12
1,319 875
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
George Gervin Chicago Bulls

13
1,960 969
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added James Harden

14
1,569 584
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
alvey32 added Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

15
1,427 1,018
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

16
798 739
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Joe dumars Detroit Pistons

17
994 490
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
alvey32 added Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

18
707 606
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

19
973 801
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
YoshuaEl added Klay Thompson

20
555 275
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
slaft added Penny Hardaway Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

21
729 418
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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22
633 578
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Mitch Richmond Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers

23
374 175
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

24
898 811
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Paul George

25
466 243
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Rick Barry New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

26
563 357
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
slaft added Jimmy Butler

27
484 576
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Sam Jones Boston Celtics

28
324 143
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

29
312 170
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Chris Mullin Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

30
371 145
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

31
510 437
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Dražen Petrović Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

32
324 267
Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Gail Goodrich Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

33
405 345
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added David Thompson Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

34
381 417
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Sidney Moncrief Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

35
412 599
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers

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399 285
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Jamal Crawford New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

37
302 224
Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Glen Rice Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

38
306 242
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Jeff Hornacek Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

39
280 239
Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Richard Hamilton Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons

40
301 277
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Joe Johnson Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks

41
311 385
Dell Curry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Dell Curry Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

42
265 195
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Kyle Korver Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

43
213 195
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Byron Scott Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

44
228 212
Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Jerry Stackhouse Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

45
267 288
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added John Starks Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

46
168 159
Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Michael Cooper Los Angeles Lakers

47
176 250
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Hal Greer Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

48
240 273
Brandon Roy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
lifNoor17 added Brandon Roy Portland Trail Blazers

49
168 193
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Ron Harper Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers

50
166 78
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics