The Top Five NBA Shooting Guards Right Now in the 2014-2015 Season

It’s crazy as hell that James Harden wasn’t voted as an All-Star starter this season. Crazy. As. Hell. But all is good now because The Beard is draining buckets, taking names, and, get this, playing D!!! His Rockets? Fifth overall in the league. Boom. And how about the other guys on this list? They’re pretty good, too, but, by far, there’s just no SG on the planet who can lay a hand on James effin’ Harden.

And who are those “other” SGs? Let’s see.

Here they are – the top five shooting guards RIGHT NOW in the 2014-2015 NBA regular season (this is based on the Player Efficiency ratings as calculated by HoopsStats.com as of the evening of February 27, 2015 – Manila time):



5. Kevin Martin (MIN) - 21.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, 2.3 triples per game, 40.2 3pt%, 87.0 FT%, 16.7 EFF
- K-Mart has quietly become a really reliable scorer for the T-Wolves. That’s not saying much considering where Minny is in the greater scheme of things (dead last in the West, boys), but they’d be scraping the floor (literally) without this guy. At least he’s a fantastic fantasy fellow.

4. Dwyane Wade (MIA) - 20.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.1spg, 47.7 FG%, 17.6 EFF
- He’s old. He’s hobbling. He’s no longer the alpha (even without LBJ or Bosh on the roster). And, again, he’s old. Still, few old guys can put up 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 dimes per night. If the NBA had age divisions like Boxing, Wade would be the MVP of those born in or before the year Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” topped the charts (look that up, young’ uns).

3. Klay Thompson (GSW) - 22.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 3.1 triples per game, 43.9 3pt%, 18.8 EFF
- Yes, yes – Klay can play. He can shoot. And he can defend. But he’s still not the best SG in the NBA. In California? Sure, why not. If the Dubs can remain on top of the league and can make a lot of headway in the postseason (read: Finals or bust), Klay can maybe supplant the other two guys following him on this list. Otherwise, I say we’ve seen the best he can offer.

2. Jimmy Butler (CHI) - 20.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.8spg, 1.1 triples per game, 35.0 3pt%, 21.4 EFF
- Jimmy Buckets has dropped off a bit, but the injury to D-Rose means he’ll get more touches and, consequently, carry much more pressure. This will be the true test of his character and will – same with the whole Bulls organization. D-Rose’s on-and-off relationship with knee issues has been an annual melodrama for Chicago, but this is the first time they have multiple All-Stars on the roster who can carry the team through such a difficult time. I have a feeling Jimmy and the Bulls still have a lot of fight in them.

1. James Harden (HOU) - 27.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 6.9apg, 1.9spg, 2.7 triples per game, 38.5 3pt%, 27.4 EFF
- See the first paragraph. ‘Nuff said.


Outside looking in:
Monta Ellis (DAL) - 15.8 EFF
Goran Dragic (MIA) - 15.5 EFF
Victor Oladipo (ORL) - 15.2 EFF
  
*Kobe Bryant was excluded from this list even if he’s among the top five. This is because, well, his season is done.


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