i think the sg ranking was the easiest for me. the poing guard ranking was very hard and there was about 2 honarable mention point guards that i felt could be at the 10 spot.
1.kobe- kobe game gets better as he gets older. just when you think he lost a step ,he starts dunking on players . kobe had his most efficient year as a pro this year and played his heart out to bring the lakers back into the playoff picture. kobe went in to 3 stages this year; he went into the jordan phase and took over games , the magic johnson stage where he was damn near avg an triple double a game and prime kobe where he was feeding the bigs and getting his at the same time . kobe is a timeless wonder.
2. harden- he such a smooth player ,and is one of the most aggressive penatrators in the lg. harden gets his whole team involved while getting his at the same time. the only thing that worries me about harden is that he is one of the most turnover prone players in the lg .
3.wade- wade would of been 2nd on the list but he's so injury prone that without lebron they may have not made the playoffs two years in a row. wade is still an elite player despite having 35 yr old knees but he makes it work somehow.
4.ginobli- i think he is one of the most perfect players the lg has ever seen. he's james harden before james harden(if that makes sense). i would rank him higher but he played the majority of his career at 6th man and was injury prone. manu is the shaq of sg's meaning he is mainly rested throughout the season and unleashed during the playoffs.
5. joe johnson- although he had a very avg year, you cant erase the previous 7 great seasons he had. i would need to see one more avg season before moving him down. like i mentioned with deron, there is an adjustment to be made when playing with another primary ball handler. i hope to see him bounce back at least with an 18-19 ppg next yr to solidify his status again.
6.jr smith- i was tempting to put hendo here but im trying not to be bias .i always felt jr was an top 20 talent but he had that westbrook syndrome . jr had an horrid shot selection but is now more controlled . jr possess pg skills with elite guard rebounding skills,and he isnt an liability on defense .when jr is hot he's an top 5 player ,when he's cold he's not even an top 50 but his good games outweigh his bad games.
7. hendo- hendo has one of the most perfect jumper games in the lg and to add ,he is one of the best post up sg in the lg which is the hardest skill to learn in basketball. hendo has improved every year in every category . dunlap almost stunted hendo's progress by giving him bad mins and trying to make him play the stretch 2 guard role but quickly found out that hendo was his best player for the last 3 months and avg 18 ppg in that period. hendo is good defender,strong rebounder and he's one of the most unselfish players who plays along the side of a scoring pg and still found his shot ,which is hard to do.
8.monta ellis- the best undersized shooting guard in the lg. he is a defensive liability and i think he is better suited at point along the side of a defensive minded sg like an thabo or tony allen type, that way he can play his game and not be singled out on defense.ellis is a score first guard but possess good pg skills . ellis could be higher if put in the right situation.
9.demar derozan- he is just an scorer at this point and at 6'7 220 , you would think his rebounding numbers would be better. demar defense is suspect and he doesnt offer much in the assist department. demar is a true shooting guard but i feel he's so young that he can and will improve in other areas.
10. jamal crawford- crawford is an elite scorer still and its hard to realize that he's a journeyman but he's so good? i guess its because he's a one-dimensional player at the age of 33. if your only good at one thing i guess it makes you expendable but crawford is still a starter for majority of the lg.
honarable mention- tony allen- one sided player but great at what he does,tyreke evans -dont know what position to put him at but he still wouldn't make the top 10 pg,sg,or sf, klay thompson- is very streaky and one sided(may be a future jamal crawford without the handles).
side note: i consider iggy a sf because he is a career sf. mayo had a pretty bad year, not to mention vince carter grossly out played him.