Top 10 Shooting Guards in NBA History

Once past the top two shooters, compiling the Top Ten Shooting Guards of All-Time can become very challenging. Active players do not qualify for this list.

Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich stands out for what he could do on the offensive end, being one of the greatest offensive magicians ever seen in NBA before his arrival. Watch some highlights to witness this legendary performance!

9) Ray Allen

If this list were restricted solely to great shooters in NBA history, Ray Allen might top the list. Over his career he averaged 18.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.1 SPG and 0.2 BPG while also winning two NBA Titles.

8)Joe Dumars

Joe Dumars averaged over 16 PPG in his career while also making an impactful defensive statement. Dumars won MVP honors during 1989 NBA Finals as he averaged 27.3 PPG and 6.0 APG on an impressive run.

7) Clyde Drexler

Drexler was the face of the Trail Blazers franchise, leading them to two NBA Finals and ultimately winning one with the Houston Rockets. Drexler was known for being both solid on defense as well as an exceptional playmaker - qualities which helped him lead to two titles with Trail Blazers franchise and eventually one with Houston Rockets.

6) George Gervin

Gervin was one of the smoothest players ever on a basketball court. His career stat line stands out: 26.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.2 SPG and 0.8 BPG - an astounding total! On four separate occasions he led the NBA in scoring; winning three of those scoring titles consecutively!

5) Allen Iverson

Although often accused of selfishness, great talent often surrounded Allen Iverson during his career. In 2001 he led an average 76ers team all the way to the Finals, where Iverson had an epic game-one performance to help pull an upset win against the Lakers' loaded roster in game one.  Still, Iverson earned MVP honors that year and finished his career stat line with 26.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 2.2 SPG and 0.2 BPG respectively!

4) Jerry West

When your name appears in the NBA logo you know that you have become one of the all-time greats. West shot 81.4% from the free-throw line and 47.4% from the field while averaging 27.0 PPG during his career. West was known as an explosive scorer with superb shooting skills who averaged 27.0 PPG during his playing days; unfortunately, however, his 1-9 record in Finals stands out as his one major downfall.

3) Dwayne Wade

Wade was an incredible force behind three NBA Championship wins with the Miami Heat. As the undisputed greatest player ever seen on a court for the Heat, he proved himself as an invaluable asset at crunch time - earning Finals MVP honors, 13x All-Star selections, 8 All-NBA selections and three All Defensive Team selections before finally becoming 2008/2009 Scoring Champion in 2009.

2) Kobe Bryant

Perhaps the greatest shot-maker in NBA history, Kobe was an 18-time all-star who won five championships during his storied career and was an impact player when needed most. While Michael and Kobe don't differ significantly from one another on this list, their dominance makes up for any shortfall elsewhere on this list.

1) Michael Jordan

Jordan won six NBA championships, six Finals MVP awards, ten scoring titles, and averaged 30.1 PPG during his career with 6 RPG, 6 RPG rebounds per game, 5.3 APGs per game,2.3 SPG per game and an 0.8 BPG average. At first, Jordan wasn't known as much for shooting, but that soon changed once he developed his long-range shot; overall, he was an unparalleled force that also remains one of the great defensive guards ever.

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