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The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History 

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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 James Harden are currently giving legends like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant a run for the title of top NBA shooting guard.

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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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Age: 56

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 41

Number: 24

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

Age: 44

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
alvey32 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 81

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#560 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #32 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #4 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, + more

Age: 40

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 37

Number: 3

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Merced, California, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat

Age: 44

Number: 34

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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Riverside, California, United States of America

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 54

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

Age: 57

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Teams: New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, + more

Age: 42

Number: 25

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan

Teams: Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

Age: 67

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Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Age: 42

Number: 20

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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
YoshuaEl added Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 11

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
slaft added Point guard and Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

Age: 48

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Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Small forward from Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Washington Caps, + more

Age: 75

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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Compton, California

Teams: Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

Age: 30

Number: 10

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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

Age: 56

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale, California

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 29

Number: 24

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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
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Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

Age: 65

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Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Shooting guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

Age: 54

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Point guard from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

Age: 74

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