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The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

Updated January 27, 2020 178.6k votes 23.8k voters 248.9k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    9,549
    2,498

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • 2
    Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    8,588
    3,069

    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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    6,744
    4,157

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

  • 4
    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    4,416
    2,818

    James Harden

    Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • 5
    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    7,385
    5,002

    Dwyane Wade

    Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

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  • 6
    Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    1,616
    574

    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

  • 7
    Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    2,790
    1,852

    Oscar Robertson

    Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • 8
    Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    3,704
    2,515

    Reggie Miller

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

  • 9
    Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    4,426
    2,978

    Tracy McGrady

    Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Bartow

  • 10
    Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    4,127
    2,817

    Ray Allen

    Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

  • 11
    Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    4,324
    2,950

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Age81

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

  • 12
    Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    2,753
    1,927

    Pete Maravich

    Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

  • 13
    Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    3,473
    2,561

    Vince Carter

    New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

  • 14
    Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    3,680
    2,735

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

  • 15
    Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    352
    190

    Bob Cousy

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age91

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

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  • 16
    Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    266
    93

    Victor Oladipo

    Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionShooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Number4

  • 17
    Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    286
    153

    Devin Booker

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceWhitmire, South Carolina

    Number1

  • 18
    Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    321
    193

    Bradley Beal

    Washington Wizards

    PositionShooting guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Number3

  • 19
    Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    493
    328

    Glen Rice

    Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

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  • 20
    David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    635
    473

    David Thompson

    Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

    Age65

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina

  • 21
    Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    2,451
    1,975

    Manu Ginóbili

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionShooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceBahía Blanca, Argentina

    Number20

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  • 22
    Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    730
    522

    Chris Mullin

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • 23
    Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    671
    466

    Walt Frazier

    Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

  • 24
    Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    467
    339

    Richard Hamilton

    Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward, Swingman

    Age41

    BirthplaceCoatesville, Pennsylvania

    Number32

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  • 25
    Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History
    594
    437

    Jamal Crawford

    Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

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