Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

From Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant, here are the greatest Shooting Guards in NBA history who had dominated the league like never before.


Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

Greatest Shooting Guards of all-time (Image: FS)

Shooting guards in the NBA are versatile players primarily known for their scoring ability and perimeter shooting. They typically operate on the wings, utilizing their agility and shooting prowess to contribute offensively. The NBA has seen some of the greatest shooting guards in the history of the sport who have been crucial components of a team’s lineup, serving as primary scorers.

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The best of the lot are the shooting guards who can consistently put points on the board. They are adept at creating their own shots and excelling in catch-and-shoot situations, making them valuable assets in various offensive strategies. Teams often rely on shooting guards to carry a significant scoring load, providing a reliable source of points during games.

Defensively, shooting guards are tasked with guarding their counterparts on the opposing team, requiring a balance of agility and defensive awareness. There has been an elite faction of shooting guards in the NBA who have dominated the game over the years. Here is the countdown to the top 5 shooting guards in the history of NBA.

5. Dwyane Wade

Dwayne Wade has definitely got to be in the Top 5 greatest shooting guards of All-Time. He is one of the rare athletes who, in his prime, could do anything on either end of the floor, whether it was flying to the rim or, as one of the best shot-blocking guards of all time, denying at the rim.

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His offensive repertoire included a potent mid-range jumper, precise three-point shooting, and a knack for drawing fouls and converting at the free-throw line. Wade’s scoring versatility allowed him to excel in various offensive schemes. Beyond scoring, Wade showcased his playmaking abilities, recording high assist numbers for a shooting guard. His defensive prowess was equally impressive, often creating turnovers and contributing to his team’s defensive efforts.

Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guard of All-Time
Dwayne Wade (Via AP)

Wade’s willingness to adapt his game to fit around Hall of Famers like Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James in service of winning titles will be his legacy. His tenure made him a Miami Heat legend. Dwayne Wade finished his career with 23.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 5.8 APG and .489 FG% as one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history.

Achievements:

  • 3-time NBA Champion
  • 1-time Finals MVP
  • 11-time All-Star
  • 8-time All NBA Selection
  • 3-time All-Defense Selection
  • 1-time NBA Scoring Champion

4. Jerry West

The legendary Los Angeles Lakers star Jerry West has to be in the Top 5 greatest shooting guards of All-Time. Playing with the Lakers for a span of 14 years, Jerry West was one of the best shooters in NBA.

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West’s offensive repertoire included a reliable jump shot, quick drives to the basket, and a relentless work ethic that made him a constant offensive threat. A legendary performer in the postseason, West averaged 40.6 points per game in the 1965 playoffs and remains the only player from a losing team to win Finals MVP (in 1969).

Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guard of All-Time
Jerry West (Via NBA)

As relentlessly competitive and prolific as Jordan, there’s a reason West’s silhouette is the NBA’s logo. During his outstanding career he averaged 27 PPG, 6.7 APG, 2.6 SPG and .474 FG%, cementing his place among the greatest shooting guards in NBA history.

Achievements:

  • 1-time NBA Champion
  • 1-time NBA Finals MVP
  • 14-time All-Star
  • 12-time All NBA Selection
  • 5-time All-Defense Selection
  • Hall of Fame

3. Ray Allen

The Top 5 greatest shooting guard of All-Time can never go without legendary Ray Allen. Making his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks and being a franchise legend at the Miami Heat, Ray was a great player. The legendary trio of LeBron James, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade ruled the NBA in the last decade.

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Coming off with incredible record making 3-point shooting, Ray Allen is already in the best records. He still is in top 3 of the highest number of 3-pointers made. He really proved how, in the 21st century, a player could provide elite value without dominating the ball. Allen’s offensive repertoire included not only three-point shooting but also a well-rounded scoring game, utilizing mid-range jumpers, drives to the basket, and adept finishing skills.

Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guard of All-Time
Ray Allen (Via SI)

Maybe the purest shooter of all time, Ray Allen’s stroke is the basketball equivalent of Ken Griffey Jr.’s swing. The all-time leader in 3-pointers made, nobody created more fear off the ball than Allen. He finished his career with 18.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.4 APG and .400 3-Pt%.

Achievements:

  • 2-time NBA Champion
  • 10-time NBA All-Star
  • 2-time All-NBA Selection
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
  • All Rookie Second team

2. Kobe Bryant

When one counts legendary shooters, Kobe Bryant definitely his way into the top 5 greatest shooting guards of all-time. The late Kobe Bryant was a revolutionary figure in the NBA throughout his NBA career with the Lakers.

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Known as the “Black Mamba,” he possessed a lethal combination of footwork, ball-handling, and scoring ability. Bryant was a relentless and creative scorer, equally adept at finishing at the rim, hitting mid-range jumpers, and sinking three-pointers.

Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guard of All-Time
Kobe Bryant (Via AP)

Was Kobe the next Michael Jordan? Not quite, but he came as close as anyone who tried and created a legend of his own in the process. His on-court skills were highlighted by an impressive array of offensive moves, including the iconic turnaround jumper that became his trademark.

Bryant’s scoring consistency was remarkable, allowing him to carry his teams offensively and deliver in clutch moments. His work ethic and dedication to refining his skills contributed to his longevity and sustained excellence. Kobe Bryant ended his career with 25.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.8 APG and .449% FG as an all-time great.

Achievements:

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  • 1-time MVP
  • 5-time NBA Champion
  • 2-time Finals MVP
  • 15-time All-NBA Selection
  • 2-time NBA Scoring Champion
  • Hall of Fame

1. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is by far the greatest shooting guard the NBA has ever seen. Right from the start the honorary Hall of Fame member Michael Jordan was a showstopper.

Known as “His Airness,” he had a flair for the dramatic, executing highlight-reel dunks and making acrobatic plays that captured the imagination of fans worldwide. Jordan’s ability to score from anywhere on the court, coupled with his defensive prowess, set a new standard for excellence.

Michael Jordan one of the Top 5 Greatest Shooting Guard of All-Time
Michael Jordan (Via NBA)

His clutch performances in crucial moments earned him the reputation as one of the greatest closers in the history of the game. Jordan’s scoring repertoire included the mid-range jumper, fadeaway shot, and an ability to finish at the rim with finesse.

He could do everything, and no one’s done it better at any position. People understandably talk about his six championships and 10 scoring titles with the Chicago Bulls, but Jordan once reeled off 10 triple-doubles in an 11-game stretch and led the NBA in scoring and steals in the same season three times. He ended his legendary career with 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG and .497 FG% as the GOAT of the game.

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Achievements:

  • 5-time MVP
  • 6-time NBA Champion
  • 6-time Finals MVP14-time All-Star
  • 11-time All NBA Selection
  • 9-time All-Defense
  • 10-time NBA Scoring Champion
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Hall of Fame

FAQs

Q. How many NBA Championships has Michael Jordan won?

Michael Jordan won 6 NBA Championships during his career.

Q. How many NBA Championships has Kobe Bryant won?

Kobe Bryant won 5 NBA Championships during his career.

Q. How many NBA Championships has Ray Allen won?

Ray Allen won 2 NBA Championships during his career.

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