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The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

Updated January 27, 2020 182.4k votes 25.6k voters 252.0k 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
    9,261
    3,573

    Michael Jordan

    Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Kobe Bryant2
    8,322
    4,119

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

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  • Dražen Petrović3
    2,740
    691

    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

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

  • Dwyane Wade4
    7,213
    5,550

    Dwyane Wade

    Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

    PositionShooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

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  • Ray Allen5
    4,020
    3,076

    Ray Allen

    Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

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  • Jerry West6
    4,219
    3,226

    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

  • Allen Iverson7
    6,532
    5,024

    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

  • Oscar Robertson8
    2,745
    2,079

    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

  • Clyde Drexler9
    3,598
    2,745

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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

  • Vince Carter10
    3,373
    2,576

    Vince Carter

    New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

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  • Walt Frazier11
    672
    470

    Walt Frazier

    Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

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  • Pete Maravich12
    2,700
    2,048

    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

  • Tracy McGrady13
    4,282
    3,280

    Tracy McGrady

    Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

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  • Reggie Miller14
    3,630
    2,783

    Reggie Miller

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

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  • Bob Cousy15
    355
    203

    Bob Cousy

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age92

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

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  • Victor Oladipo16
    267
    139

    Victor Oladipo

    Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Number4

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  • Chris Mullin17
    724
    520

    Chris Mullin

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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

  • James Harden18
    4,291
    3,332

    James Harden

    Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • C. J. McCollum19
    306
    189

    C. J. McCollum

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Number3

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  • Glen Rice20
    486
    336

    Glen Rice

    Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

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    #91 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time

  • Manu Ginóbili21
    2,396
    1,931

    Manu Ginóbili

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionShooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceBahía Blanca, Argentina

    Number20

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  • David Thompson22
    621
    470

    David Thompson

    Denver Nuggets, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionShooting Guard

    Age65

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina

    Number33

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  • Richard Hamilton23
    456
    331

    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 Thompson24
    2,250
    1,816

    Klay Thompson

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number11

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    #55 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#3 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

  • Bradley Beal25
    316
    206

    Bradley Beal

    Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Number3

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