NBA History: 5 Greatest shooting guards in the 2010s
- Shooting guards have changed the way the game is played over the last decade. Let us have a look at the best of the lot.
#4 DeMar DeRozan
The Toronto Raptors drafted DeMar DeRozan 9th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. Since then, DeRozan got better and better every season becoming the Raptors' franchise player. Along with point guard Kyle Lowry and center Jonas Valanciunas, he led a Raptors team to five consecutive playoff appearances before he was traded for Kawhi Leonard.
Under DeRozan’s scoring prowess, the Toronto Raptors won over 50 regular-season games from 2015 to 2017. DeRozan also represented the Toronto Raptors in the All-Star Weekend festivities four times in 2014 and from 2016 to 2018.
For several seasons, the discussion of best backcourt duos centered around pairings of Portland’s Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Bradley Beal and John Wall, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
In a decade in which the three-point shot became a focal point of offensive schemes, DeRozan has amassed 14,782 points (including games up to Friday, December 13th, 2019) with a career 28.4 percentage shooting the three. DeRozan has been a mid-range scoring master his entire career.
Currently, with the Spurs, DeRozan has a career scoring average of 19.9 points a game and his highest average was 27.3 points a game in the 2016-17 season as a Raptor.
#3 Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade was drafted back third overall in 2003 by the Miami Heat. In what was a strong draft class, Dwyane Wade stands out in a draft class that also stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony. LeBron may be the better player overall but the Miami Heat’s shooting guard was the first of the 2003 draft to win an NBA Title in 2006. Wade did so as the undisputed star of the team.
He did have an aging Shaquille O’Neal to share the burden but the Heat was Wade’s team to carry. He averaged 27.2 points, 6.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game that season. He also upped his scoring average to 28.4 points and 2.2 steals per game during the Championship run.
Wade, affectionately known as “Flash”, was not done winning titles as he benefited from LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining him in 2010. The Heat made four consecutive Finals and won two of them, taking Wade's tally of NBA's rings to three.
Since the 2010-11 season, Wade amassed 11,198 regular-season points playing for the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and eventually returned to Miami. He retired there at the end of last season. Dwyane Wade is a sure-fire future NBA Hall of Fame inductee.Published 16 Dec 2019, 20:43 IST