The shooting guard historically has been a position that has produced some of the greatest players of all time. The likes of Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant have all been dominant during their time in the NBA, and they were able to score the ball at will. The position has been relied on to provide scoring and three-point shooting in today’s NBA. The two guard has greatly diminished in production over the past couple years, and not a lot of great shooting guards are presently in the league.
There are great shooting guards in the NBA today such as Dwyane Wade and C.J. McCollum, but there are others who provide very little for a team offensively and defensively. Today’s point guard carries much of the scoring load that a team’s shooting guard would historically carry. The problem with today’s shooting guards is that they often times are not multifaceted in the skills they bring to a team. Some no.2 guards are great defenders but they lack much of an offensive game, and others can shoot the three very well but are a liability in every other phase of the game.
Here are the 15 Worst Shooting Guards in Today’s NBA:
15. Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans has always been a jack of all trades who is good at a lot of things but not great at any particular skill. Unfortunately, his career has been going in the wrong direction since his rookie year. His first season was his best season in the NBA and he was able to win the Rookie of the Year award while averaging 20 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game. He is averaging similar rebounding and assist numbers early on in the 2016-17 NBA season. His scoring has decreased by five points from his rookie season, and in his eight years in the league he has only been able to reach the playoffs once. Evans has also struggled with injuries during his career, and staying on the court would help Evans become one of the better wing players in the NBA once again.
14. Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon is in his first season with the Houston Rockets and he is attempting to somewhat revive his career after being plagued with injuries during his time with the New Orleans Pelicans. Mike D’Antoni’s high-powered offense has boosted Gordon’s stats early on this season, and he is scoring over 16 points per game through the first three weeks of the season. He has always been a very capable three-point shooter, which is a skill that will keep most players employed in the league for a long time. The three-point shot has become more important than ever in today’s NBA. His defense is not great but it is not poor either, and if he can avoid the injury bug Gordon may be able to recapture the success he had early on in his career.
13. J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith is a member of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, and he really only provides one thing when he is on the court. His shooting can be a little erratic at times but it happens to be the strength of his game. He is not a great defender, but he plays his role on the Cavaliers team well. Smith is not asked to do a lot of different things for his team. The Cavs already have scoring options in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, and they need their shots on offense which limits Smith’s volume offensively. If Smith were to get more shots it may not be a good thing because his career field goal percentage is only 42 percent.
It’s clear he means a lot to the Cavs though, as LeBron lobbied for much of the summer for the team to re-sign Smith, which they did.
12. J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick is a decent scorer, but he has been very one dimensional for the most part throughout his career. His best attribute is his ability to shoot the three, and he makes it difficult for teams to fully focus on DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin in the paint. Redick has never been a great passer, rebounder, or been able to slash into the paint to get to the basket. Most of Redick’s production has been a culmination of the team that he plays for, and if he were on a team that did not have three superstars on it his production would most likely go down. One of his biggest weaknesses is his defensive abilities and when he has to guard some of the best two guards in the game it can be troublesome for his team.
11. Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore is a member of the Atlanta Hawks after re-signing with the team in the offseason, but other teams around the league showed a ton of interest in the Hawks starting two guard. Throughout his time in the NBA Bazemore has been primarily a backup, and before he joined the Hawks it was not certain that Bazemore would have much of a future in the NBA. For his career he only averages six points a game, but has increased his offensive output to over 11 points per game so far this season for the Hawks Luckily he is not a liability for the Hawks on defense. On offense he can score as aforementioned, but his field goal percentage is below 42 percent which can hurt his team at times.
10. Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier seems to be on the rise, and maybe by the end of the 2016-17 NBA season he won’t be mentioned on a list of this magnitude. Early in the season he tends to play very well, but as the season progresses he tends to regress. So far this year he is averaging 17 points a game but do not be surprised if later in the year his scoring output decreases. He is not much of a defensive stud, and this is a part of his game that he needs to improve to be considered one of the better shooting guards in the game. Fournier has been getting a little bit better every year and if that trend continues the Orlando Magic may become playoff contenders soon.
9. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a part of the Detroit Pistons starting lineup, and he has just begun his third year in the NBA. Caldwell-Pope can be productive on offense at times but at times he can also be a detriment to the team. He often times scores in double figures averaging over 11 points a game for his career, but his field goal percentage is only 40 percent for his career. The Pistons are fortunate to have an offensive rebounding machine in Andre Drummond to recover some of Caldwell-Pope’s missed shots. Drummond cannot recover all of his shots though, and this can sometimes negatively affect the outcome of the game. Caldwell-Pope is a pretty stout defender due to his long arms and his six-foot-five inch stature.
8. Tony Allen
Tony Allen has been one of the most elite defenders in the NBA for many years now, but he is starting to get up there in age. He has been with the Memphis Grizzlies for the past seven seasons now. His offensive game is lacking, but he is highly trusted in guarding the best players in the NBA. He has only managed to score eight points per game during his 10 plus years in the NBA. He lacks much of any three-point shooting ability, but he is able of slashing to the basket when called upon. He is now 34 years old, and the chances of his scoring improving are extremely unlikely. In the coming years Allen may find himself going lower on a list like this.
7. Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson got a nice new contract in the offseason that left a lot of people around the league scratching their heads, but three weeks into the 2016-17 NBA season he is proving that he may have been worth the investment. His 13 point a game average early on is five points more than his career average. Johnson is only 6-foot-4, but early on, he’s been averaging over four rebounds a contest. He has also shot the three at 43 percent so far this season, and his field-goal percentage is an impressive 47 percent. His numbers are way above his career numbers so far this season. It is too early to label Johnson one of the top half shooting guards, but if he keeps improving his numbers the next couple years he will be in the conversation.
6. Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee has played for a lot of NBA teams after being drafted from the mid-major school of Western Kentucky. He has been a bench player for some of the teams he has been on in the past, but the Knicks have given Lee the starting shooting guard spot to begin the 2016-17 NBA season. He is not much of a great passer or rebounder. Shooting from beyond the arc is Lee’s best trait to his game, and three weeks into this new NBA season he has shot 43 percent from behind the three-point line. He can be an erratic shooter at times which can have a negative effect on his team’s performance. For his career he has averaged around 10 points a game, and is an above average defender.
5. Gerald Henderson
Gerald Henderson was a lottery pick in the 2009 NBA draft, but he has failed to live up to that billing. His career has been average at best throughout his seven years in the league. He was a bench player for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, and has come to the Philadelphia 76ers to start and try and prove that he is a worthy starter in the NBA. He is from the Philadelphia area and brings veteran leadership to a team that is one of the youngest in the league. One of the weaknesses of the 76ers has been their three-point shooting in years past, and Henderson’s 32 percent career average is very mediocre. He is a decent defender and scores around 10 points a game for the 76ers.
4. Gary Harris
Coming into the NBA many thought that Gary Harris would be a great three-point shooter, but that assumption sadly never came to fruition. Harris has struggled mightily from the three point line only hitting on 30 percent of his three-point tries. This is disappointing for the Denver Nuggets who thought they were getting a player who could score in multiple ways and instead has barely been able to crack a double-figure scoring average in his two full seasons in the NBA. He can play a little defense thanks to his long arms. The Nuggets lack a lot of offensive firepower, and the selection of Harris was thought to bolster this lack of offense. Harris is still young and the hope is that he can become a good to great scorer in the future.
3. Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo has started a lot of games during his time in the NBA, but he has given his squad the production of a role player as opposed to a starter during his career. He has just latched on with the Sacramento Kings for the 2016-17 NBA season. He has been a journeyman for the most part, but he can bring something positive to his team. He has always been a decent three-point shooter and most nights he barely reaches double figure points. He does not provide many assists or rebounds, and his defense is average at best. He was at his best when he was with the Orlando Magic and averaged 17 points a game. He more than likely will not be able to accumulate those scoring averages anymore.
2. Danny Green
Danny Green came out of nowhere for the San Antonio Spurs during their two championship runs in 2013 and 2014. He was essentially a bench warmer for the team when he finally got a chance to show Coach Gregg Popovich his skill set, and his greatest skill is his ability to shoot the three. He has shot above 40 percent from behind the three-point line throughout his NBA career, but he has struggled since he got a big contract at the end of the Spurs NBA championship in 2014. Through the first three weeks of the 2016-17 season he is shooting only 30 percent from beyond the arc. If Green does not pick up his play soon the Spurs may redistribute his minutes, and a young Justin Anderson may get an opportunity much like Green got early on his NBA life.
1. Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic is a six foot eight inch shooting guard for the Brooklyn Nets, and with his size you would think he would be able to dominate against smaller defenders. This has not been the case since he entered the NBA two years ago. His field goal percentage has been nothing short of atrocious at below 40 percent just a few weeks into the 2016-17 NBA season, and he is only good for hitting three-pointers at times. Many would assume he would be a good rebounder with his frame being what it is. Bogdanovic has only been able to grab four rebounds a game in his two years in the league, and if he does not add more skills to his game he may not last too long in the NBA.
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