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2021-2022 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: The Best Shooting Guard is a Point Guard

As an experienced or new fantasy General Manager, you may have come across the strategy to build your team using Point Guards (PG) and Forwards (SF or PF). These positions provide variance in statistical combinations that include scarcer categories like points, assists, steals, and blocks. As we look at the shooting guard rankings, traditionally we see players high in points, and perhaps steals, but lacking assists, rebounds, field goal percentage, and blocks. Therefore, when targeting the best players to draft for SG, we start with one key mantra:

The Best Shooting Guard is a Point Guard

Historically, the best shooting guard is a point guard (with SG eligibility). This is largely due to the propensity to get more assists and steals. This still holds true today, but as NBA offenses have opened up, the role of shooting guards has grown to include more playmaking duties. Of the top 20 in my shooting guard rankings, 12 of the players have PG eligibility, all with 5th round draf value and better.

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The Top 10 Shooting Guards/Point Guards (PG/SG)

  1. James Harden, BKN (Overall SG Rank: 1, Round 1)
  2. Fred VanVleet, TOR (Overall SG Rank: 3, Round 1)
  3. Donovan Mitchell UTA (6) Overall SG Rank: 6, Round 2)
  4. Jrue Holiday MIL (Overall SG Rank: 9, Round 3)
  5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander OKC (Overall SG Rank: 10, Round 3)
  6. Kyrie Irving BKN Overall SG Rank: 11, Round 3)
  7. Terry Rozier CHA Overall SG Rank: 14, Round 4)
  8. Malcolm Brogdon IND Overall SG Rank: 15, Round 4)
  9. Tyrese Haliburton SAC Overall SG Rank: 16, Round 5)
  10. DeJounte Murray SAS (Overall SG Rank: 17, Round 5)

The Next best Shooting Guard is a Forward

In fact, the playmaking duties have expanded to the forward positions as well. Players like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and Caris LeVert soak up facilitation usage for their teams, giving them upside in traditional PG categories and strengths in categories associated with forwards like increased rebounds and field goal percentage.

The Top 10 Shooting Guards/Small Forwards (SG/SF)

  1. Paul George LAC (Overall SG Rank: 2, Round 1)
  2. Jimmy Butler MIA (Overall SG Rank: 5, Round 2)
  3. Jaylen Brown BOS (Overall SG Rank: 7, Round 2)
  4. Khris Middleton MIL (Overall SG Rank: 12, Round 3)
  5. Buddy Hield SAC (Overall SG Rank: 20, Round 5)
  6. Anthony Edwards MIN (Overall SG Rank: 22, Round 5)
  7. Caris LeVert* IND (Overall SG Rank: 25, Round 6)
  8. Bogdan Bogdanovic ATL (Overall SG Rank: 27, Round 6)
  9. Evan Fournier NYK (Overall SG Rank: 29, Round 7)
  10. Norman Powell POR (Overall SG Rank: 30, Round 7)

*Caris LeVert suffered a stress fracture, and his status is unclear.

Overall, there is a tendency for the SG position to have eligibility at other positions. Use this to your advantage and build out flexible rosters with flexible skill sets. Use the table below to find the best SG’s for your team build.

Overall Shooting Guard Rankings

SG RnkRndOverall RnkTeamPlayerPOS
111BKNJames HardenPG/SG
2112LACPaul GeorgeSG/SF
3214TORFred VanVleetPG/SG
4215WASBradley BealSG
5216MIAJimmy ButlerSG/SF
6221UTADonovan MitchellPG/SG
7224BOSJaylen BrownSG/SF
8326CHIZach LaVineSG
9327MILJrue HolidayPG/SG
10328OKCShai Gilgeous-AlexanderPG/SG
11331BKNKyrie IrvingPG/SG
12332MILKhris MiddletonSG/SF
13444PORC.J. McCollumSG
14445CHATerry RozierPG/SG
15446INDMalcolm BrogdonPG/SG
16551SACTyrese HaliburtonPG/SG
17553SASDejounte MurrayPG/SG
18554PHODevin BookerPG/SG
19555MIND'Angelo RussellPG/SG
20556SACBuddy HieldSG/SF
21557CLEDarius GarlandPG/SG
22559MINAnthony EdwardsSG/SF
23662SASDerrick WhitePG/SG
24663BOSMarcus SmartPG/SG
25666INDCaris LeVertSG/SF
26671ATLBogdan BogdanovicSG/SF
27774CLECollin SextonPG/SG
28776ORLJalen SuggsPG/SG
29781NYKEvan FournierSG/SF
30782PORNorman PowellSG/SF
31783HOUKevin PorterPG/SG
32784NORNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG
33888GSWAndrew WigginsSG/SF
34891NORDevonte' GrahamPG/SG
35892HOUJalen GreenSG
36893WASSpencer DinwiddiePG/SG
37894CHIDeMar DeRozanSG/SF
38997NYKR.J. BarrettSG/SF
39999MIADuncan RobinsonSG/SF
409100UTAJordan ClarksonSG
419103GSWKlay ThompsonSG
429104MEMDillon BrooksSG/SF
439106MINMalik BeasleySG/SF
4410109PHIDanny GreenSG/SF
4510114DALTim Hardaway Jr.SG/SF
4610117BKNJoe HarrisSG/SF
4710118UTAJoe InglesSG/SF/PF
4810119ORLTerrence RossSG/SF
4910120NORJosh HartSG/SF
5011126MIATyler HerroPG/SG
5111127GSWJordan PoolePG/SG
5211128DALReggie BullockSG/SF
5311131MILDonte DiVincenzoPG/SG
5412141LACNicolas BatumSG/SF
5512142TORGary Trent Jr.SG/SF
5612143OKCJosh GiddeyPG/SG
5713150BOSJosh RichardsonSG/SF
5813151MEMDesmond BaneSG
5913152OKCLuguentz DortSG/SF
6013155PHISeth CurryPG/SG
6114162DENJamal MurrayPG/SG
6215170ATLKevin HuerterSG/SF
6315171LACEric BledsoePG/SG
6415177MIAVictor OladipoSG

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