Basketball 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 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.
list ordered by

1
6,696 1,178
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

2
5,860 1,701
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

3
4,864 3,037
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers

4
4,710 2,073
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

5
3,074 1,460
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

6
2,626 1,601
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

7
2,960 1,201
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

8
2,913 1,550
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

9
2,654 1,483
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers

10
2,395 1,498
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic

11
1,893 905
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

12
1,489 997
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

13
2,297 1,114
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

14
1,793 663
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
alvey32 added Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

15
1,664 1,128
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs

16
1,118 565
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
alvey32 added Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

17
884 833
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons

18
766 682
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

19
1,152 917
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
YoshuaEl added Golden State Warriors

20
723 628
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers

21
655 327
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
slaft added Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

22
838 514
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

23
440 212
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

24
526 280
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added New York Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

25
980 890
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder

26
378 205
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

27
651 410
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
slaft added Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves

28
518 618
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics

29
377 173
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

30
464 182
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

31
554 466
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets

32
441 369
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

33
347 296
Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

34
403 436
Sidney Moncrief is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

35
433 310
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors

36
304 255
Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

37
335 243
Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

38
438 636
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors

39
328 259
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

40
323 297
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

41
294 222
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Kate Perry added Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks

42
332 408
Dell Curry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

43
233 211
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

44
247 227
Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

45
186 171
Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
idawg387 added Los Angeles Lakers

46
283 301
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

47
187 263
Hal Greer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals

48
236 232
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

49
184 88
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
lauren-charbono added Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

50
257 290
Brandon Roy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
lifNoor17 added Portland Trail Blazers