In the first installment of NBA Offseason here at Real Ball Insiders, I determined the top 5 points guards in the NBA right now.
Now, it is time to determine the top 5 at another position; shooting guard.
Here we go:
Harden is the obvious #1. He just missed out on averaging a triple-double this past season, and carried the Rockets all year. Harden is one of the best players in the NBA, and has been incredible since arriving in Houston. Teaming up with CP3 will mean he will have to do less facilitating, and should be set up for some easier looks to score.
What can’t Jimmy Butler do? Great scorer (averaged 25 points/game last year) and is one of the premier defenders in the NBA. Butler was rightly awarded his first All-NBA selection, and continues to get better this year. He is just now entering the prime of his career, and will look to lead the Timberwolves back to the postseason as their leader.
3. Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson has perfected the “3-and-D” type wing player. He was able to average 20 points a game this year while being the 3rd option on the Warriors. Not only that, but the other Splash brother is also an elite defender. While Thompson is huge part of the Warriors success, one can only imagine his numbers when not taking a backseat to Steph and KD.
4. DeMar DeRozen
It’s crazy to think that a guy who averaged 27 points a game last year could fall all the way to #4 like DeMar DeRozen has. While DeRozen is obviously a a great volume scorer, his game is pretty one dimensional, and lacks a consistent 3-point shot (26% from 3 last season). Either way, he finds a way to put the ball in the bucket. If DeRozen does develop a 3-point shot, he could easily be a 30 point average kind of guy.
5. Tie- Bradley Beal/C.J. McCollum
I know, having a tie is lame. But really, how can you pick between the two? Both guys have similar games, numbers, and roles on their teams. Beal is the #2 in Washington behind Wall, and averaged 23 points a game last year. McCollum also averaged 23 last season while being Damian Lillard’s counterpart on the Blazers. Each had the same FG% at 48%. The only thing McCollum had on Beal was he was a better free throw shooter (90% vs Beal’s 81%) but I’m not letting free throw % determine this. It’s a draw between the two young 2-guards for now.