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Draft Utopia 2015 Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard Rankings

Posted By: Lisa Donovan On 11/18/2014

  1. James Harden: SG, Houston Rockets James Harden dominated in his first 10 games 26.2 points per game, 7.2 assists per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, 1.7 steals per game, and 1 block per game. Harden was the most complete shooting guard entering a Monday Night game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis won 119-93. The Grizzlies limited Harden to 6 points as Harden went 1 for 8 with field goal attempts.

  2. Kobe Bryant: SG, Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is still capable of posting 25 points per game. The 5 time champion in the NBA probably will not win another title. Until the Lakers release him he is a stone cold bet to get 25 points per game. Bryant would be the best shooting guard in the NBA if it was not for the young and emerging Harden who started for the Western Conference in last years NBA All Star Game.

  3. Klay Thompson: SG, Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson has 23.6 points per game at shooting guard. Playing next to Steph Curry allows him to get more open scoring chances with opposing teams on Curry at all times.

  4. DeMar DeRozan: SG, Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.2 points per game. Unlike Thompson he leads his team in scoring. He is also more complete of a player in terms of passing, rebounding, and stealing the ball. Anyone who watched the NBA knows DeRozan got snubbed of a starting spot from Dwyane Wade on the Eastern Conference All Star team.

  5. Dwyane Wade: SG, Miami Heat Dwyane Wade missed the last three games with injuries. A blister in 2014-2015 has limited Wade’s play. Wade may be more complete than DeRozan. Why? 19.8 points per game, 6.4 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 1.2 steals per game. Wade is doing this without LeBron James. When you have a shooting guard as awesome as Dwyane Wade, he can act as a point guard on a team that is thin at point guard with Miami.

  6. Joe Johnson: SG, Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson has averaged 19.1 points per game. Playing next to point guard Deron Williams gives him more open space to shoot the ball. You cannot double team one of these guards hoping to take away the offense because the other guard will just get open space and score easy buckets.

  7. Monta Ellis: SG, Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis has the size of a point guard at 6-1 185 lbs. His 18.4 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 1.2 steals per game make Ellis the biggest asset on the Mavericks outside of Dirk Nowitzki.

  8. Kevin Martin: SG, Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Martin like Monta Ellis averages 18.4 points per game. He is bigger and has more natural size of a shooting guard. He is also more accurate than Ellis with a field goal percentage of above 70 percent. Real Timberwolves fans know that Kevin Martin is underrated and that Ricky Rubio is overrated.

  9. Jimmy Butler: SG, Chicago Bulls Right now Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.2 points per game. He is better at defense and rebounding than he is with creating assists. His numbers will drop when Derrick Rose is back at 100 percent. The other thing to consider is that both Rose and Butler are injured and even if both play injured, both guards could receive limited minutes.

  10. Courtney Lee: SG, Memphis Grizzlies Courtney Lee has excellent size for the ideal shooting guard at 6-5 200 lbs. He averages 14.9 points per game and is an excellent defensive player at shooting guard. Lee does a good job in defense against opposing shooting guards. Lee limited James Harden to 6 points in Monday Nights win over Houston.

  11. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: SG, Detroit Pistons The former Georgia Bulldog has needed a few years to blossom in the NBA. He relies on scoring alone and he is not a 15 or 20 point per game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is kind of a disappointment so far in the NBA. Despite his slow start, he is still a top 20 shooting guard in the NBA.

  12. Ben McLemore: SG, Sacramento Kings Ben McLemore has yet to live up to the hype after being such a highly touted NBA Draft prospect. McLemore will blossom at some point because he is like every player in it for the payday.

  13. Garrett Temple: SG, Washington Wizards Garrett Temple has been a phenomenal fill in player for the injured Bradley Beal. Washington will have a sixth man at shooting guard when Beal returns.

  14. Aaron Affialo: SG, Denver Nuggets Aaron Affialo scored nearly 12 points per game for Denver this season. Affialo is one of the more underrated shooting guards in the NBA.

  15. Kyle Korver: SG, Atlanta Hawks Kyle Korver averages 14.3 points per game so far in 2014-2015. Korver is a solid scoring option and has some secondary skills that make him an effective shooting guard. Does not have the passing or rebounding that you look for in a primary starter, but he can score enough points to get the job done.

  16. Alec Burks: SG, Utah Jazz Former Colorado Buffalo Alec Burks did not become a full time starter until this season in 2014-2015. The Utah Jazz were patient with their 2011 first round picks. That patience paid off as the Jazz now have a future superstar in Burks who already looks like a solid starter after two years of being groomed.

  17. Manu Ginobli: SG, San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobli may come into a game as a backup rather than a starter sometimes. Regardless of whether Ginobli starts or sits he is always an effective scoring option. San Antonio is one tough team to play against when Ginobli brings his A game at the shooting guard position.

  18. Evan Fournier: SG, Orlando Magic Shooting guard Evan Fournier has done an excellent job succeeding Victor Oladipo who has not lived up to the hype of being the #2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Fournier has averaged 17.6 points per game stepping up big time for the Magic when you consider that this team does not have a quality point guard to begin with.

  19. Eric Bledsoe: SG, Phoenix Suns Eric Bledsoe is another complete guard that compliments Goran Tragic. Bledsoe averages 13.3 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, 5 rebounds per game, and 1 steal per game. Phoenix has a shot at the playoffs as long as both Tragic and Bledsoe continue to lead the way while the Morris brothers compliment this promising squad.

  20. Dion Waiters: SG, Cleveland Cavaliers Dion Waiters was the second best scoring option on the Cavaliers last season. He is still a top 20 shooting guard even though he does not get as many scoring chances thanks to signing LeBron James and trading for Kevin Love. Still, Waiters can contribute as a scorer if you need him to.