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News » Top shooting guards: It's Kobe's world

Top shooting guards: It's Kobe's world

Top shooting guards: It's Kobe's world
Ah yes, the shooters. I'll say it throughout my draft ranking articles, and I'll say it throughout the season as well, but where you have the depth at the point guard position this year, you'll always get your primary production from the shooting guard spot.

That's primarily because most of the big names in the sport reside here.

Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Michael Redd, Ben Gordon and Manu Ginobili are a small sampling of the studs who'll fill up the stat sheet for you each and every night.

A few of them are obvious first round choices, but these are basically the guys who will fill up the second, third and fourth rounds of drafts more so than any other position on the board.

How do they stack up this year? Well, let me tell ya.

Top 20 Shooting Guards

1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Quite simply, he's the best player in the game, and even LeBron James can't take that away from him yet. It pains me to say it, since I live out here in Los Angeles, and I have to hear about him on a daily basis, but there's really no denying it. He does everything, and he does it with high shooting percentages, and ton of assists, rebounds and steals, and he's doing it without a single established scorer next to him (sorry, Pau Gasol fans, but he doesn't count). He should be your No. 1 pick this year.

2. Tracy McGrady, Houston

This is a tough call, but he has to be able to go through a season unscathed at some point, doesn't he?! OK, probably not, but even if he can play just 70 games, his numbers justify him being ranked this high. Sure, it's a gamble, but one you should be willing to make if he falls to you late in the third round or after. When he's at his best, he's as good as anybody around.

3. Andre Igoudala, Philadelphia

He could be one of the two or three most versatile players in the entire league. He can score, shoot, play defense, rebound and pretty much anything that equates to a fantasy stat. He's one of the few true eight-category guys we have, which makes him incredibly valuable to owners. He's an easy second round pick who's been doing the same thing for more than four years now.

17. Ben Gordon, Chicago

Now that we know he's back with the Bulls this season, we can all feel comfortable in him putting up his traditional 19-20 points a night, 3-4 three-pointers and 90 percent free throw percentage. He won't give you much in the way of rebounds or assists, or even steals, but what he does give you, he gives you a lot of.

18. Richard Hamilton, Detroit

He's a scorer, plain and simple. And when his scoring goes down from 20.1 to 17.3 in two seasons, it's obvious his worth is falling like a rock. I'm not a huge fan of his, especially since he only gets you three boards and four assists on top of the dropping point totals. And the threes are low. Only the percentages keep me even the slightest bit interested.

19. Ray Allen, Boston

His numbers were down across the board last year, but the man got himself a ring, so I'm sure he doesn't care about us fantasy guys whatsoever. The 17.4 points were his lowest total in 10 years, and his 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.9 steals were all his worst since his rookie season. His percentages are always huge, though, and his threes are strong no matter what. He's a utility guy at this point, but not a bad one. The stats from last year should at least stay the same.

20. Grant Hill, Phoenix

On the surface, the 13.1 points probably don't do much for you, but this guy is an eight-category force yet again. His percentages are the best thing about his line, but there isn't a stat Hill doesn't touch for you every night. He won't blow up the stat sheet, but you'll be glad you have him when you see his weekly bottom line.

Honorable Mentions

Martell Webster, Portland: He was a fringe fantasy guy last season, his third in the league, but he should see a bump in those numbers going into this year. He'll have a remarkably talented team around him, and he'll get plenty of minutes at the two guard, alongside Brandon Roy and Greg Oden. You won't be able to find him on waiver wires like you could in '07.

Ronnie Brewer, Utah: He had a tremendous jump between his first and second seasons, scoring more than 12 a game while shooting 56 percent from the field last year. The team has more confidence in him now, so you just know he'll continue to improve. Scoring 15 a night wouldn't be too much of a shock.

Anthony Parker, Toronto: He's a nice seven-category guy (no blocks), who can help you in a number of different ways. He'll be commanding the utility position on most teams he's on, thanks to his 12 points and 1.0 steal a game, along with his strong percentages.

Ricky Davis, Los Angeles Clippers: He's not going to be the free shooting gunner he has been in recent years — not with Baron Davis running the show in L.A. And even his 13.8 points he scored last year were his lowest total in seven years. That may go up a tad, but not enough to make a huge difference. And the shooting percentage will crush year every time. The steals are nice, and the boards and assists are servicable, but he's more frustrating than anything else.

Linas Kleiza, Denver: I just his potential. He's a tough player, and he's someone who will give the rest of the backcourt in Denver a run for their money with playing time. Coaches love his hustle, and the shooting doesn't hurt, either. If he's able to get more time on the court, he'll give you a little in every category, but whether he can earn more than 25 minutes a game or not is the key question.

Wally Szczerbiak, Cleveland: The numbers weren't great last season, and now the team went out and got Mo Williams, who will be taking even more shots away from him. That can't be good. He'll still a three or two a game, and the free throw shooting is nice, but he really doesn't give you any more than that. He could be in and out of waiver wire moves all year.

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Added: October 6, 2008


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