The NBA season will be starting up shortly and fantasy basketball drafts should start taking place. For those of you making a cheat sheet for your fantasy basketball drafts, here is a list of the top 20 shooting guards.
1. Kobe Bryant- LA Lakers
Kobe did not want to come back to LA but he is. He is too good to not put up numbers and should be the number 1 shooting guard in the league again for the 2007-2008 season. Kobe averaged over 31 points a game last year while adding over 5 rebounds and assists per game.
2. Dwayne Wade- Miami
Wade will give you more assists a game then Kobe and shoot a better field goal percentage. He dished out over 7 assists a game last year while scoring over 27 points per game. His only weakness is his lack of 3 pointers made. This will hurt you in that category as your shooting guard is typically your best player in this category. Still put D-Wade as your number 2 shooting guard on your pre fantasy basketball draft cheat sheet.
3. Ray Allen- Boston
Ray Allen will be playing with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Boston this year. He should get plenty of good looks and be among the league leaders in 3 pointers made and free throw percentage. He should also be good for 20 plus points a game. Watch how he plays in the preseason but put him at number 3 for your shooting guard player rankings at this point.
4. Michael Redd- Milwaukee
Redd is a scorer. When healthy he should score 25 points a game and be a good source of 3 pointers. He does help in that many other categories. Watch his health but leave him at number 4 on your cheat sheet for now.
5. Joe Johnson- Atlanta
The early reports say that Johnson should be at 100% by the beginning of the season. Johnson averaged over 25 points a game last season while shooting 47% from the field. He will make some 3 pointers and got over 4 rebounds and assists per game last year. He is a sleeper for a breakout season if he can stay healthy.
6. Kevin Martin- Sacramento
Martin came from nowhere to post a good season last year. Expect him to improve upon those numbers in the 2007-2008 NBA season. He should average over 20 points a game while shooting a great field goal percentage. Kevin can also be counted on for a heavy dose of 3 pointers for your fantasy team. Do not forget about Martin at your fantasy basketball draft.
7. Josh Howard- Dallas
Howard is one of the better all around choices at shooting guard. He averaged just under 7 rebounds a game last season while pouring in over 18 points per game. Grab Howard on draft day and expect good all around numbers.
8. Jason Richardson- Charlotte
Richardson should get more looks at the basket playing in Charlotte this year. He has a point guard in Raymond Felton that will look less to score and more to pass then his old running mate Baron Davis did. Expect his scoring to increase this year. As always, be concerned with Richardson when it comes to his health. He is a definite injury risk.
9. Mike Miller- Memphis
Miller put up surprising number last year. He made 2.9 3 pointers a game, averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. I think you will see a slight decrease in those numbers from Miller in the 2007-2008 NBA season. Expect him to still finish in the top 10 for fantasy points for the shooting guard position.
10. Luol Deng- Chicago
Deng might also qualify at small forward for your team. He scores and rebounds well. Deng will hurt your numbers for 3 pointers as he does not shoot them often. Let Deng round out the top 10 for the shooting guard position on your fantasy draft cheat sheet.
Best of the Rest:
11. Manu Ginobilli- San Antonio
12. Richard Hamilton- Detroit
13. Stephen Jackson- Golden State
14. Peja Stojacovic- New Orleans
15. Ricky Davis- Minnesota
16. Ben Gordon- Chicago
17. Cory Magette- LA Clippers
18. Jamal Crawford- New York
19. Raja Bell- Phoenix
20. Morris Peterson- New Orleans
Daequan Cook- Philadelphia
The shooting guard on your fantasy roster is an important position for filling your 3 pointers made and free throw percentage category. Look for someone on this list that does that and take them at your fantasy basketball draft. Take a look at the other articles for the player rankings for your cheat sheets at the point guard, small forward, power forward, and center positions.