Phoenix Suns: Ranking the 10 top shooting guards in the NBA

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Tie for #9/#10: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gilgeous-Alexander clocked in with 97 points coming in 5th in Field Goal Percentage, but 42nd among shooting guards for 3-point shooting. Surprisingly, this category is the Achilles heel of most of the best shooting guards.

Tie for #9/#10: Fred VanVleet

Tied with SGA with 97points is the sort-of sharpshooter Fred VanVleet from the Toronto Raptors. VanVleet did average in most categories but was 16th in 3-point shooting which carried him into the top 10.

Remember, there are some great shooters that do not qualify, and there are great reasons as to why they aren’t starting for their teams. Duncan Robinson lit up the nets from 3, but where he’s 3rd in the league from distance, and 7th in field goal percentage, he is hardly a top 10 player if he only drains four shot a game.

#8: C.J. McCollum

C.J. McCollum from the Portland Trailblazers came in 8th with 94 points. McCollum was 5th in the league in field goal attempts and came in 6th in the league for scoring at 22.2 pts per game. He was hurt by his 3-point and free-throw shooting, 25th, and 23rd respectively.

Just to give you an idea about this top 10, C.J. is 25th in 3-point shooting, he was 5th best out of these top 10 players hitting almost 38 percent from deep.

So being “38th” is relative.