The NBA: January 2014 Position Battle – The Top 5 Shooting Guards Right Now

In this Position Battle post, we will focus on the top five shooting guards at this point in the season. Unlike our previous posts, though, this time we will take into account just the players’ stats for the latest five games of their respective teams. This will, hopefully, give us a more current picture of each player’s production.

Now, what makes this list a wee bit interesting is that aside from the usual suspects like James Harden and Dwyane Wade, there are a few surprises. By and large, the SG position is one of the most “wide open” this season, especially because Kobe isn’t around dominating the opposition. All of a sudden, guys like Lance Stephenson, JJ Redick, and Iman Shumpert have a greater shot at the top.

Note: All of the following stats are based on each player’s stats as computed by HoopsStats.com. They were taken on January 12, 2014 (Manila time).


5. Monta Ellis (DAL) – 19.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.6apg, 2.2spg, 48.7 FG%, 18.4 EFF
Three wins in the last five games for Dallas, and Ellis was a big part in each one. He has been doing a splendid job playing off of Dirk Nowitzki, Jose Calderon, and Shawn Marion, and is a huge reason Dallas might just make a return to the Playoffs in 2014 after missing the bus in 2013.


Adding Monta Ellis has been a boon for the Mavericks!
(image by Tony Gutierrez/AP)
           


4. Dwyane Wade (MIA) – 19.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, 56.9 FG%, 21.5 EFF
After not exactly being the Flash last season (and still winning the NBA title by the way), D-Wade seems to have regained his bearings for the Heat this year. He seems to be a step quicker than last season, and a tad more aggressive, too. If he can become consistent and shake off lingering injury issues, then, man, he’ll make Miami all the more difficult to beat.


3. Randy Foye (DEN) – 18.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.2apg, 55.4 FG%, 4.0 triples per game, 54.1 3pt%, 90.9 FT%, 21.6 EFF
There have been two big reasons the Nuggets have won their last five games, and those are Ty Lawson and Randy Foye. Foye has hit 16 treys in his last three matches, including making 7 against Boston and then 6 against OKC afterwards. If he can shoot this well for most of the remainder of the season, then look out for Denver!


2. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) – 23.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.4apg, 1.4spg, 84.8 FT%, 23.4 EFF
When was the last time you saw the Toronto Raptors lead the Atlantic Division AND be one of the top four teams out East? That long, huh? DeRozan has been the Raptors’ de facto leader, and, so far, he’s been doing a good job. If he had a more marketable persona, he’d be an All-Star this year.

DeMar DeRozan shoots over Brooklyn's Mirza Teletovic.
(image by Ron Turenne/Getty Images)
1. James Harden (HOU) – 32.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, 51.0 FG%, 3.4 triples per game, 47.2 3pt%, 85.7 FT%, 30.8 EFF
Trust me when I say Harden is the best shooting guard in the universe right now. Yes, even if Kobe were playing, too. He had a great 2012-2013 season, but his current production shows he’s on-track to having an even better one this time around. He’s a sure-fire All-Star, and maybe he can lead the Rockets past the first round of the postseason.


Outside looking in:
Eric Gordon (NOP) – 18.4 EFF
Kevin Martin (MIN) – 17.8 EFF
Gerald Henderson (CHA) – 17.6 EFF

  
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