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The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

Updated January 27, 2020 180.1k votes 25.6k voters 252.1k views175 items

List RulesOnly 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 Jordan1
    9,131
    3,581

    Michael Jordan

    Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Kobe Bryant2
    8,196
    4,126

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

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  • Dražen Petrović3
    2,762
    692

    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

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    #1 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#3 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

  • Dwyane Wade4
    7,114
    5,510

    Dwyane Wade

    Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

    PositionShooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

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    #451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#24 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Jerry West5
    4,155
    3,201

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia

    Number44

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    #12 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#5 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s

  • Ray Allen6
    3,959
    3,051

    Ray Allen

    Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

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  • Vince Carter7
    3,321
    2,552

    Vince Carter

    New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

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    #3 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#64 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

  • Clyde Drexler8
    3,550
    2,729

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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    #13 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time#3 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Pete Maravich9
    2,660
    2,032

    Pete Maravich

    Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

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    #24 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#2 of 58 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time

  • Allen Iverson10
    6,430
    4,988

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    Number1

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    #1 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#11 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

  • Walt Frazier11
    662
    469

    Walt Frazier

    Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

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  • Tracy McGrady12
    4,215
    3,253

    Tracy McGrady

    Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

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  • Glen Rice13
    481
    333

    Glen Rice

    Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

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    #1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#19 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Bob Cousy14
    352
    201

    Bob Cousy

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age92

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Oscar Robertson15
    2,704
    2,068

    Oscar Robertson

    Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

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    #7 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#1 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s

  • Reggie Miller16
    3,574
    2,758

    Reggie Miller

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

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    #3 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#86 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Devin Booker17
    292
    185

    Devin Booker

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionShooting guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceWhitmire, South Carolina

    Number1

  • Chris Mullin18
    713
    516

    Chris Mullin

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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    #47 of 68 The Best Current College Basketball Coaches#5 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

  • Victor Oladipo19
    263
    141

    Victor Oladipo

    Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Number4

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    #5 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time#8 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

  • James Harden20
    4,225
    3,309

    James Harden

    Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • C. J. McCollum21
    301
    190

    C. J. McCollum

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Number3

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  • Manu Ginóbili22
    2,362
    1,913

    Manu Ginóbili

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionShooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceBahía Blanca, Argentina

    Number20

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  • David Thompson23
    611
    466

    David Thompson

    Denver Nuggets, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionShooting Guard

    Age65

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number33

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    #26 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#1 of 31 The Best NC State Basketball Players Ever

  • Richard Hamilton24
    452
    328

    Richard Hamilton

    Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward, Swingman

    Age41

    BirthplaceCoatesville, Pennsylvania

    Number32

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    #3 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#8 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Klay Thompson25
    2,216
    1,796

    Klay Thompson

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number11

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    #1427 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#3 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time