NBA Rankings: Unlike the other guard position, the shooting guard position hasn’t changed much. The old-school twos are very similar to the new-school ones, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a two guard who isn’t an electric athlete with tremendous playmaking potential.
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An outstanding shooting guard makes good teams great. For the most part, solid two guards have both an inside and outside game and that play style allows their teammates to be even more productive. Many of them are lights out shooters and open up the floor, allowing the hyper-athletic point guards blow past their defenders and get to the cup; it’s almost the same with post players, except a great shooting guard dictates where the double team comes from.
In this ranking, the individuals are more than just scorers, since they get a lot of time with the ball in their hands. Many of them have point guard abilities and do a great job of being a pseudo-point guard, which is enhanced by the skill of creating for themselves. However, self-shot creation is what the shooting guards do best, and they deliver that in a myriad of ways. The most prevalent are three-point shots, but that’s how the NBA is shifting.
Because of their craftiness and athleticism, getting to the basket is a cinch and finishing is just as easy; lightning-quick crossover and ankle-breaking snatchback dribbles are also in some guys’ arsenals, and it allows them to create space and knock down shots.
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