2011 Fantasy Shooting Guard Rankings

Just about every prominent shooting guard has either switched teams or been in the center of trade rumors during the abbreviated off season.

With superstar players up for grabs at other positions, shooting guards have slowly evolved into offensive or defensive specialists.

By becoming more specified, each team employs different roles for the position. With just seven former All-Stars slated to start next season, depth at shooting guard may be an issue for several teams in 2011-12.

Many rosters are still unsettled and shooting guards have proven to be the most fluid position this season, so many of the players listed below could suit up for another team once the season begins on Dec. 25.

30. Josh Childress– Phoenix Suns

Playing out of position at shooting guard, the former sixth overall pick of the 2004 NBA draft hasn’t lived up to expectations, even when lining up at small forward. Following a three-year hiatus from the NBA, when he went to play in Greece, Childress averaged just five points, 2.9 rebounds and less than one assist per game.

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29. Wesley Johnson– Minnesota Timberwolves

Connecting on less than 40% of his attempts from the field, Johnson struggled during his rookie year in Minnesota. Johnson averaged just nine points, three rebounds and 1.9 assists per game but did have a 29 point performance against the Lakers late in the year to inspire hope for his sophomore campaign.

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28. Thabo Sefolosha– Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City has plenty of offensive talent and Sefolosha remains the starter over James Harden because of his ability to shut down the opponents top scorer. Sefolosha averaged 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

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27. Raja Bell– Utah Jazz

After joining Utah as a free agent a year ago, Bell started 63 games but posted just eight points per game, his lowest scoring average in 12 seasons. While never known as a prolific scorer, he averaged 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Bell will likely be pushed by Gordon Hayward and rookie Alec Burks for playing time.

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26. Gerald Henderson– Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte moved its leading scorer from a year ago to give Henderson, a lottery pick from the 2009 NBA Draft. In three of his final five games, Henderson scored at least 21 points, including a 32 point outburst in the season finale against Orlando.

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25. Anthony Morrow– New Jersey Nets

The top three-point shooter since entering the league three years ago, Morrow has connected on 44.7% of his attempts from three-point range during his career. Playing his first full season with Deron Williams, Morrow should see plenty of more open opportunities from long range.

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24. Arron Afflalo– Denver Nuggets

A restricted free agent still being heavily pursued he became a bit more expendable after Denver acquired Rudy Fernandez on Tuesday. Afflalo is a defensive specialist that posted career highs with 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

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23. Ben Gordon– Detroit Pistons

Fresh off a disappointing debut season in Detroit, Gordon scored a career-low 11.6 points per game along with just 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. With so much turnover in the back court and a rookie likely to start at point guard, Detroit needs Gordon to return to the 20-point per game scorer he was just two years ago with the Bulls.

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22. Trevor Ariza– New Orleans Hornets

The biggest addition to the roster last season, Ariza saw his scoring and assist averages take a dramatic dip his first season with the Hornets. Shooting 46% his final season with the Lakers, Ariza hasn’t been able to find his shooting touch during his stints with Houston and New Orleans.

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21. Evan Turner– Philadelphia 76ers

Turner proved he is an all-around talent, but is unable to excel in one specific asset of the game. Philadelphia employs a three guard rotation with Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams but Turner can secure the starting position by just keeping his confidence up.

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20. Jason Richardson– Orlando Magic

One of the most talented free agent shooting guards this off-season, Richardson spurned all offers to remain in Orlando after he agreed to a four-year $25 million deal. Richardson averaged 15.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with the Magic last season.

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19. Landry Fields– New York Knicks

A second round pick in the 2010 NBA draft, Fields could have his rookie season broken into two parts. Following a blockbuster mid-season trade, Fields saw his scoring average, shooting percentages and rebound total dip. Fields ranked second among all guards in rebounding, posting 15 double digit rebound games, but only one following the deal.

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18. Daniel Gibson– Cleveland Cavaliers

Known as a prolific three-point shooter, Gibson’s accuracy dipped seven percent last season, down to 40.3% from beyond the arc. As Cleveland searched for a scorer, Gibson chipped in just 11.6 points per game along with three assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.

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17. Vince Carter– Dallas Mavericks

Joining the defending champion Mavericks, Carter is looking to revive his career. Coming off career lows in scoring, shooting percentage, assists, rebounds and free throw attempts per game after splitting time with Orlando and Phoenix.

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16. Richard Hamilton– Chicago Bulls

After being waved by the Pistons, Hamilton joins a Bulls team desperate for some offensive production from the shooting guard position. Hamilton is an excellent spot up shooter and his presence in the lineup gives Derrick Rose a consistent perimeter shooter to kick the ball out to when the defense collapses on him.

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15. Paul George– Indiana Pacers

Even with his 6-foot-8 frame, George has been able to successfully make the switch to shooting guard. Given an opportunity to start late in the season, George was able to demonstrate his all around talents. Against Washington late in the year, he totaled 23 points, on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range, along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

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14. Nick Young– Washington Wizards

Touted as a prolific scorer coming out of college, Young finally was able to produce consistently during his fourth year in the league. 30 times he scored 20 or more points, including a 43 point outburst against Sacramento on 14-of-22 shooting from the field, including knocking down 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.

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13. Stephen Jackson– Milwaukee Bucks

Dealt to Milwaukee on draft night after leading in Charlotte in scoring. Despite his 18.5 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Jackson is hoping to re-energize a Milwaukee offense that saw four different players start at shooting guard.

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12. O.J. Mayo– Memphis Grizzlies

Following two failed trade attempts to Indiana, Mayo remains with the Grizzlies. Even with diminished playing time last season, he remained an effective defender, averaging a steal per game with just 26.3 minutes of action per night.

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11. Wesley Matthews– Portland Trail Blazers

Following the retirement of Brandon Roy, Matthews assumes the starting role for the entire season. He started 69 games last season, averaging 15.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, two assists and 1.2 steals per game, leading the Trail Blazers into the post season despite the numerous injuries on the roster.

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10. DeMar DeRozan– Toronto Raptors

DeRozan was able to double his scoring average thanks to his tremendous athletic ability. The only problem with his game is a three-point shot is almost nonexistent. DeRozan sank just five of 52 attempts from beyond the arc, so defenders can afford to fall back and protect the rim.

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9. Ray Allen– Boston Celtics

The all-time three-point king is coming off his best season shooting beyond the arc. Allen connected on 44.4% of his attempts from three-point range and remains one of Boston’s top scoring threats, as he averaged 16.5 points per game and he’s showed no signs of slowing down, playing 36.1 minutes per game.

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8. Manu Ginobili– San Antonio Spurs

Finally healthy for an entire season, Ginobili dazzled with his all around skills. He averaged 17.4 points, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, but as usual he saved his best performances for the biggest stage. Ginobili topped 30 points just twice during the regular season, but they came against Memphis and Dallas.

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7. Kevin Martin– Houston Rockets

During his first full season in Houston, Martin ranked ninth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 23.5 points per game, 20 times totaling 30 or more points. Martin averaged 15.8 shots per game and and he punishes anyone that fouls him by connecting on 88.8% of his free throw attempts.

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6. Tyreke Evans– Sacramento Kings

Evans totaled six double-doubles last season, three with 10 or more rebounds, three with 10 or more assists. When Evans had 10 or more assists, he scored at least 20 points each time, in games where he posted 10 or more rebounds, Evans didn’t score more than 16 points. If he can become more of a distributor, it will elevate his game and help Sacramento win more than 24 games.

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5. Joe Johnson– Atlanta Hawks

A limited offensive player, Johnson scored just 18.2 points per game, his lowest total since joining Atlanta six years ago and totaled just two double-doubles all season. Johnson struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 29.7% of his attempts from long range.

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4. Monta Ellis– Golden State Warriors

Even though he sat out two games, Ellis led the league in minutes played, tallying 3,227 minutes last season. Golden State keeps him on the floor because of his ability to score in bunches. Four times he scored 40 or more points last season, including his season-high of 46 during his debut. Ellis also

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3. Eric Gordon– Los Angeles Clippers

A broken wrist kept him on the sidelines for 26 games, but Gordon still managed to top 30 points in a game eight times. The Clippers refused to part with their shooting guard in a deal to land Chris Paul and Gordon proved his value last season, averaging 22.3 points, 4.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game last season.

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2. Kobe Bryant– Los Angeles Lakers

After a trade to land the top point guard in the league fell through, Bryant has to continue to carry the Lakers on his back. While Bryant is still a phenomenal scorer, topping the 2,000 point mark for the seventh time in his career last season, his athletic explosiveness is almost all gone, as evidenced by his career-low 12 blocked shots last season.

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1. Dwyane Wade– Miami Heat

By sharing the ball with his two superstar teammates, all Wade did was become an even more efficient scorer. During his first season with two star teammates, Wade shot a career-high 50% from the field. He finished the season averaging 25.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, ranking at least second on his team in each category, except rebounding, where he finished third.

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Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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