Top 30 NBA shooting guards — 15. Norman Powell, Clippers
Norman Powell continues to produce absurdly efficient scoring numbers, no matter the team or the teammates. Next season Powell will get to play with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and it’s hard to imagine a better environment to play in. He can hit 40 percent of his 3s, finish with explosiveness at the rim, or provide some ancillary playmaking from the wing. He’s a really great third or fourth option.
Top 30 NBA shooting guards — 14. Alex Caruso, Bulls
Alex Caruso is probably the best perimeter defender in the NBA who doesn’t typically start games. Injury cut his season in half, but Caruso was truly special in his time on the court. He’s a pitbull at the point of attack, but more impressive than that is his ability to play free safety and generate turnovers, which leads to transition offense (which he can spearhead). Caruso isn’t a star offensively, but he plays smart, unselfish basketball and does his job supremely well. He’s a star in his role.
Top 30 NBA shooting guards — 13. Tyrese Maxey, Sixers
The Sixers would have been dead in the water without Ben Simmons if not for Tyrese Maxey’s absurd, out-of-nowhere second year explosion. Fans were confident in the young guard, but his improvement as a shooter (both in terms of volume and efficiency), combined with better finishing at the rim, made Maxey one of the NBA’s most dangerous off-guards. He only got better once James Harden was table-setting, and with his work ethic, the 21-year-old will only to get better from here.