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2013-14 Top 5 Shooting Guards At The Midway Point

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2. DeMar DeRozan 

 2013-14 stats: 21.8 ppg, 3.7 apg, 4.6 rpg, 17.80 PER

Jan 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) gets past Dallas Mavericks forward Jae Crowder (9) and guard Jose Calderon (8) during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Where did this guy come from? DeRozan has took over the star role for the Toronto Raptors after the Rudy Gay departure. DeRozan is averging a career high in assist and rebounds this season including scoring. Averaging almost 22 points a game, he is looking like one of the NBA’s most premier scorers. His defensive skill set is also undervalued by averaging 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks a game.

The 6’7″ shooting guard has amazing length and crazy athleticism. Stepping into the NBA, DeRozan wasn’t so much of a scorer, averaging only 8.6 points in his rookie year. With the hard-work DeRozan brings, he is already looking like an All-Star and he is only in his 5th season in the league. His ceiling is high and definitely looks like he can bring more to the table in his NBA career.

1. James Harden

2013-14 stats: 24.3 ppg, 5.4 apg, 4.9 rpg, 21.44 PER

Jan 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) attempts to score during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Here it is Houston. The best shooting guard in the NBA is Houston’s finest James Harden. Harden averages the most points in the NBA for shooting guards. He is also matching his career high with 4.9 rebounds, and is playing the most minutes he has ever played in a season, at 38.6 a game. He is shooting almost 45 percent from the floor, and 33 percent from the 3-point line.

Only in his 5th season in the NBA, Harden is definitely an All-Star and looks to bring a championship to Houston. With the help from Dwight Howard, the future is promising for the city of Houston. Harden is a great free throw shooter by shooting almost 85 percent from the line. There is no doubt that Harden can just flat out score; but something he has to improve on is his defense from the floor. Even though his defense looks sketchy at times, he stills average 1.4 steals a game. Harden has high potential and has earned the right to be the top shooting guard in the NBA.