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The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

Updated January 27, 2020 181.9k votes 24.2k voters 249.6k 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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  • 1
    Michael Jordan
    9,586
    2,821

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 2
    Kobe Bryant
    8,617
    3,391

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

    Age41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

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  • 3
    Allen Iverson
    6,757
    4,497

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

  • 4
    Dražen Petrović
    1,939
    602

    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

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  • 5
    Dwyane Wade
    7,418
    5,295

    Dwyane Wade

    Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

  • 6
    James Harden
    4,437
    3,147

    James Harden

    Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • 7
    Oscar Robertson
    2,814
    1,969

    Oscar Robertson

    Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • 8
    Reggie Miller
    3,733
    2,636

    Reggie Miller

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

  • 9
    Pete Maravich
    2,768
    1,944

    Pete Maravich

    Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

  • 10
    Jerry West
    4,341
    3,080

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Age81

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

  • 11
    Tracy McGrady
    4,443
    3,155

    Tracy McGrady

    Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Bartow

  • 12
    Ray Allen
    4,144
    2,942

    Ray Allen

    Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

  • 13
    Clyde Drexler
    3,695
    2,741

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

  • 14
    Vince Carter
    3,481
    2,569

    Vince Carter

    New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

  • 15
    Devin Booker
    291
    164

    Devin Booker

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceWhitmire, South Carolina

    Number1

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  • 16
    Bob Cousy
    353
    196

    Bob Cousy

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age91

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

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  • 17
    Victor Oladipo
    266
    107

    Victor Oladipo

    Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionShooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Number4

  • 18
    Walt Frazier
    683
    466

    Walt Frazier

    Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

  • 19
    David Thompson
    640
    477

    David Thompson

    Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

    Age65

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina

  • 20
    Glen Rice
    497
    333

    Glen Rice

    Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

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  • 21
    Manu Ginóbili
    2,464
    1,979

    Manu Ginóbili

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionShooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceBahía Blanca, Argentina

    Number20

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  • 22
    Chris Mullin
    740
    525

    Chris Mullin

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • 23
    Bradley Beal
    322
    203

    Bradley Beal

    Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Number3

  • 24
    Jamal Crawford
    595
    443

    Jamal Crawford

    Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

  • 25
    Klay Thompson
    2,311
    1,873

    Klay Thompson

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number11