Top 30 NBA shooting guards — 12. Jordan Poole, Warriors
Jordan Poole’s ascent has totally changed the perspective on Golden State, both in the short term and the long term. He’s a critical piece of a championship contender right now, and he’s also a bridge to the future — the heir apparent to Stephen Curry and the leader of Golden State’s frankly unfair gaggle of impressive young talent. Poole needs to get better defensively, but he’s already a game-breaking individual scorer who can play within the offense or freelance on his own.
Top 30 NBA shooting guards — 11. Jalen Brunson, Knicks
Jalen Brunson has carved out his spot next to Luka Doncic in the Mavericks backcourt. He’s the perfect two-guard — a heady playmaker in his own right, but unselfish enough to play without the ball and impact the game in multiple ways. He’s short but strong, with enough power to bulldoze defenders in the paint and guard bigger opponents on defense. His high-I.Q. brand of basketball, combined with his increased capacity for big scoring outbursts, makes Brunson one of the most coveted upcoming free agents.
Top 30 NBA shooting guards — 10. Malcolm Brogdon, Celtics
Malcolm Brogdon’s future in Indiana is uncertain. The Pacers seem destined for a proper rebuild, but Brogdon has a lot left in the tank and he could help the team’s younger players along. Nicknamed ‘The President’ for his calm demeanor and leadership skills, Brogdon is the kind of person you want in the locker room. On the court, he’s never flustered and always engaged. He can play with or without the ball, he’s an excellent shooter, and his size affords some versatility on the defensive end.