We’ve had a lot of incredible players at shooting guard through the years. Players who have shot the lights out, others who have dominated the defensive end, and then players like Michael Jordan.
So lets count down the top 15 shooting guards of all time!
15. Mitch Richmond
Career: 14 seasons, 21 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 6x All-Star, NBA champion (2002), Hall-of-Fame inductee (2014)
Richmond was a player perpetually on the cusp, of both superstardom and postseason success. Playing in an era with historically-great guards (of which there are several on this list), Richmond seemed to quietly toil on the floor. He was so consistent you’d find yourself surprised to look up and see that he’d already scored 20+ points by the third quarter. He became a star in Golden State alongside Mullin, was the focal point of terrible Sacramento teams and then ended his career in between the Wizards and Lakers. But, throughout his career, “The Rock” was both consistent and great.
14. David Thompson
Career: Nine seasons, 22.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 5x All-Star, Hall-of-Fame inductee (1996)
Thompson is part superstar story and part cautionary tale. As one of the best collegiate players ever, he embarked on a promising NBA career and was supposed to become the face of the league. While his play certainly lived up to the hype, substance abuse and injury prematurely ended his career. For all the respect and fame that Julius “Dr. J” Erving earned for his work above the rim, Thompson (at just 6’4”) was probably the more spectacular athlete. As a high-flying scorer, Thompson inspired a number of players who tried to emulate his game. Ultimately, most of them fell well short. While he never realized all of his incredible potential, for the brief time that he was in the NBA he was – literally and figuratively – above everyone else.
13. Reggie Miller
Career: 18 seasons, 18.2 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 5x All-Star, USA Gold medalist (1996), Hall-of-Fame inductee (2012)
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