*You will not see any rookies on this list, due to the fact that rookies have yet to play a single NBA minute.

 

#30: Tyreke Evans (Memphis Grizzlies)

2016-17 Stats: (N/A-Played less than 15 games)

#29: Rodney Hood (Utah Jazz)

2016-17 Stats: 13 PPG, 3 RPG, 2 APG, 1.1 TO

(41% FG) (37% 3 Pt.) (78% FT)

#28: Seth Curry (Dallas Mavericks)

2016-17 Stats: 13 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 1.3 TO

(48% FG) (43% 3 Pt.) (85% FT)

#27: Sean Kilpatrick (Brooklyn Nets)

2016-17 Stats: 13 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG, 1.9 TO

(42% FG) (34% 3 Pt.) (84% FT)

#26: Evan Turner (Portland Trail Blazers)

2016-17 Stats: 9 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 1.5 TO

(43% FG) (26% 3 Pt.) (83% FT)

#25: JJ Redick (Philadelphia 76ers)

2016-17 Stats: 15 PPG, 2 RPG, 1 APG, 1.3 TO

(46% FG) (43% 3 Pt.) (89% FT)

#24: Wesley Matthews (Dallas Mavericks)

2016-17 Stats: 13 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 1.4 TO

(39% FG) (36% 3 Pt.) (82% FT)

#23: Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks)

2016-17 Stats: 14 PPG, 3 RPG, 2 APG, 1.3 TO

(46% FG) (36% 3 Pt.) (77% FT)

#22: Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers)

2016-17 Stats: 15 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 2 TO

(45% FG) (33% 3 Pt.) (80% FT)

#21: Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings)

2016-17 Stats: 15 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG, 2.1 TO

(48% FG) (43% 3 Pt.) (81% FT)

#20: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Los Angeles Lakers)

2016-17 Stats: 14 PPG, 3 RPG, 2 APG, 1.1 TO

(40% FG) (35% 3 Pt.) (83% FT)

#19: Will Barton (Denver Nuggets)

2016-17 Stats: 14 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 1.6 TO

(44% FG) (37% 3 Pt.) (75% FT)

#18: Tyler Johnson (Miami Heat)

2017-17 Stats: 14 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 1.2 TO

(43% FG) (37% 3 Pt.) (77% FT)

#17: Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)

2016-17 Stats: 16 PPG, 3 RPG, 2 APG, 1.6 TO

(41% FG) (37% 3 Pt.) (84% FT)

#16: Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)

2016-17 Stats: 15 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 2.2 TO

(45 % FG) (43% 3 Pt.) (88% FT)

#15: Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic)

2016-17 Stats: 17 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 2.1 TO

(44% FG) (36% 3 Pt.) (81% FT)

#14 Dion Waiters (Miami Heat)

2016-17 Stats: 16 PPG, 3 RPG, 4 APG, 2.2 TO

(42% FG) (40% 3 Pt.) (65% FT)

#13: Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)

2016-17 Stats: 16 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 1.8 TO

(44% FG) (36% 3 Pt.) (75% FT)

#12: Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers)

2016-17 Stats: 17 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 1.9 TO

(41% FG) (35% 3 Pt.) (87% FT)

#11: Avery Bradley (Detroit Pistons)

2016-17 Stats: 16 PPG, 6 RPG, 2 APG, 1.6 TO

(46% FG) (39% 3 Pt.) (73% FT)

#10: Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)

2016-17 Stats: 19 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 1.8 TO

(46% FG) (39% 3 Pt.) (84% FT)

#9: Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets)

2016-17 Stats: 15 PPG, 6 RPG, 6 APG, 2.5 TO

(40% FG) (33% 3 Pt.) (86% FT)

#8: Dwyane Wade (Cleveland Cavaliers)

2016-17 Stats: 18 PPG, 4 RPG, 4 APG, 2.3 TO

(43% FG) (31% 3 Pt.) (79% FT)

#7: Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

2016-17 Stats: 22 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 3.1 TO

(42% FG) (36% 3 Pt.) (83% FT)

#6: Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)

2016-17 Stats: 22 PPG, 4 RPG, 2 APG, 1.6 TO

(47% FG) (41% 3 Pt.) (85% FT)

#5: Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)

2016-17 Stats: 23 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, 2 TO

(48% FG) (40% 3 Pt.) (83% FT)

The 5th and 6th spot were a real toss-up for me. I believe a real argument could be made for Klay Thompson or Bradley Beal, and the numbers are very similar. I am inclined to believe that Klay Thompson is the product of an incredible system in Golden State. But don’t get me wrong. He’s a great player, but it’d be a lie to say the guys that he plays with don’t make a difference in his game. Bradley Beal just finished his 5th season in the league and he’s beginning to separate himself from other 2-guards. He hits the big shots for his team when no one else can step up in crunch time and he’s making nearly half of the shots he takes and still scoring 23 points per game. Truly an incredible feat. Beal hasn’t hit his ceiling yet and I doubt we have yet to see the best of what he has to offer this league.

#4: CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)

2016-17 Stats: 23 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 2.2 TO

(48% FG) (42% 3 Pt.) (91% FT)

When the greatest shooters in the league are referenced you usually hear names like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, or James Harden. Why no one ever mentions CJ McCollum is beyond me. This dude can straight up put the ball through the hoop. Shooting nearly 50% from the field, over 40% from beyond the arc, and 90%+ from the stripe. Incredible numbers. After four seasons in the NBA, I believe he’s already a top 5 shooting guard. There’s a reason the Trail Blazers let Nic Batum walk after the 2015 season. McCollum was and is the real deal.

#3: DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)

2016-17 Stats: 27 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG, 2.4 TO

(47% FG) (27% 3 Pt.) (84% FT)

In my opinion, there are three clear-cut shooting guards in the league and the top 3 start with this guy, who just came off a career season with Toronto, averaging 27 points per game. Shooting guards put the ball in the hole and that’s exactly what DeRozan does. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan make up a lethal offensive duo and if Toronto can get some offensive production from CJ Miles/Serge Ibaka, and a bounce-back season from Jonas Valanciunas and they’ll be a force to be reckoned with again, in a weakened eastern conference. In closing…DeRozan is a top 3 shooting guard for sure but I think he’s reached his ceiling as a player. He’ll continue to points up for years to come but as a defender and passer, I’m inclined to believe he’s reached his limit.

#2: Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves)

2016-17 Stats: 24 PPG, 6 RPG, 5 APG, 2.1 TO

(46% FG) (37% 3 Pt.) (87% FT)

One of my favorite players in the league that can get it done on both ends of the floor. Jimmy Butler is the biggest offseason acquisition the Timberwolves’ franchise has ever seen. Butler has reunited with his former head coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota this offseason and has single-handedly made the T-Wolves better without even taking a step on the hardwood. How? The recruiting. Who doesn’t want to play with a Butler-Wiggins-KAT core in Minnesota? Former Bulls Taj Gibson and Aaron Brooks have also joined Butler in Minnesota along with free agent acquisitions Jeff Teague and former NBA sixth man of the year Jamal Crawford as well. The Timberwolves have begun a new era in Minnesota and Jimmy Butler is helping lead the charge. I can’t wait to see where this team is at come May.

#1: James Harden (Houston Rockets)

2016-17 Stats: 29 PPG, 8 RPG, 11 APG, 5.7 TO

(44% FG) (35% 3 Pt.) (85% FT)

With the addition of Chris Paul in Houston, “the Beard” is back to where he belongs at shooting guard. Some will wonder why James Harden is even on this list after playing point guard for the Rockets last season, but he’s been a two-guard his entire career and on paper that’s where is name is placed on a lineup. If it weren’t for Russell Westbrook, this guy would’ve been your 2016-17 MVP. Harden averaged nearly 30 points per game to go along with 11 dishes per game at the point guard position. The Rockets have run a lot of isolation with James Harden since he’s joined them but I expect that to change this season. With the addition of a proven floor general James Harden will see more one on one matchups this upcoming season. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see his numbers go up, even more, this year with the addition of Chris Paul. Can James Harden put together another MVP season in 2017?

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