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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

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 USA

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

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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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow

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

Age: 40

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
alvey32 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Charlotte

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 81

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Shooting guard from Los Angeles

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Merced

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

Age: 44

Number: 34

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 37

Number: 3

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Aliquippa

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

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Riverside

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 54

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

Age: 57

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teams: Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs

Age: 30

Number: 10

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 29

Number: 24

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Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
EthanWalker added Shooting guard from Fort Lauderdale

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

Age: 54

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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

Age: 56

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
tom-charbono added Point guard from Atlanta

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

Age: 74

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#20 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #14 of 158 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
slaft added Small forward from Houston

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls

Age: 30

Number: 21

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