Fantasy Basketball: Top 20 Shooting Guards

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Today we explore the top 20 shooting guards to choose from.

Now that you have selected your point guard, let's take a look at who you can pair him up with in your back court.

1. James Harden - Houston Rockets

James Harden put the Rockets on his back and carried them all the way to the playoffs last season. He is now joined by Dwight Howard and they will join forces to try and bring a championship back to Houston. Harden was the focal point of the Houston Rockets offense and now he has Howard to take some pressure off him. Expect similar numbers to last year from Harden.

2. Paul George - Indiana Pacers

George can do it all and without him the Pacers are not a serious playoff contender. If you miss out on Harden, George is the next best thing. He will fill up the stat sheet with 3's, steals, rebounds, assists, and his points per game should see a slight increase from last year bringing him closer to 20+ points per game.

3. Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are one of the best back court tandems in the NBA, if not the best. We have seen Klay improve gradually ever year and he finally took it to the next level in Golden State's playoff run last year. He can score in bunches and will light it up from 3-point land. If he can improve on his rebounding and assist totals, there's nothing stopping him from becoming an elite option for years to time.

4. Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade is now 31 years old and his rough style of play has caught up with his body. He cannot stay healthy for a full season and because of that, I can't have him any higher than 4th. When healthy, Wade is an absolute freak.

5. Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe is coming off achilles surgery and there is no telling how healthy he will be when the season begins. I have a feeling he will be just fine and will finish the season, once again, as one of the top fantasy players.

6. Monta Ellis - Dallas Mavericks

Monta Ellis finds himself with a new team once again, and once again, he will continue scoring in bunches. With Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Calderon, Monta should get plenty of looks and is a player you can draft with confidence.

7. Bradley Beal - Washington Wizards

Beal was on his way to a tremendous rookie campaign but an injury cut his season short. Fully healthy, I expect to see Beal light up the scoreboards for years to come. It's scary to think, he was just 19 years old when the season started last year and he was tearing defenses apart. Beal will be one of the Wizards primary scorers, look for him to average 20+ points per game with a couple 3's to top it off.

8. Andre Iguodala - Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala is the definition of "freak of nature". He is a legitimate triple-double threat every time he steps on the court. He averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game in his first season with the Nuggets last season. An increase in his point totals would be much appreciated from fantasy owners, but his ability to fill up the stat sheet at will makes up for that. Now, with the high-flying Warriors, we might see a little increase in points for him.

9. Tyreke Evans - New Orleans Pelicans

Perhaps a new atmosphere is all Tyreke needs to get back to his outstanding rookie campaign ways. He averaged a career low in almost everything last season except for FG% and 3P% where he set career highs. He now has Jrue Holiday to partner him and Anthony Davis to link up with. I think both of these guys will help Tyreke get back to fantasy relevance.

10. J.R. Smith - New York Knicks

J.R. Smith set carer highs in rebounding, steals and points last season. He should be relied on heavily once again for his scoring this season alongside Carmelo Anthony and newly acquired Andrea Bargnani.

11. Evan Turner - Philadelphia 76ers

Turner is slowly showing us all why he was the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 draft. He set career highs in pretty much every category last season and I expect him to improve on those totals this season.

12. Eric Bledsoe - Phoenix Suns

Bledsoe showed us what he can do last season filling in for an injured Chris Paul. The one they call "Mini LeBron" will have many more chances to impress with the high-octane Phoenix Suns.

13. Victor OladipoOrlando Magic

Oladipo brings toughness and athleticism to a rebuilding Orlando Magic team looking for a new hero. He should be solid in all defensive categories and rebounds while hovering at around 12 points per game.

14. Ben McLemoreSacramento Kings

The rookie guard from Kansas should be the starting SG for the Kings and there should be no reason he and DeMarcus Cousins are not the teams top scorers.

15. O.J. MayoMilwaukee Bucks

Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo joins a revamped Bucks squad with Brandon Knight. Oh boy, what did you do, Milwaukee? Sure, Mayo will probably lead the team in scoring. He'll also lead the team in worst FG% and most turnovers. Not to mention, worse attitude.

16. Danny GreenSan Antonio Spurs

The sharp-shooting Tarheel has developed into quite the weapon for the San Antonio Spurs. He set a record for most 3 pointers made in an NBA final last year against the Heat and with Manu Ginobili eligible for AARP, he should get more and more opportunities.

17. Joe JohnsonBrooklyn Nets

Joe has a couple of new friends joining him in Brooklyn with veterans Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett looking to help the Nets get to the promise land. Doc Rivers has also joined the fray to form a new-look Boston Celtics team, in Brooklyn. Both of these guys will cut into his scoring totals, not to mention there's still Deron Williams and Brook Lopez to feed. Joe will be a mediocre fantasy option with the big game here and there.

18. Wesley MatthewsPortland Trail Blazers

Matthews is a hot/cold guy and there's a lot of mouths to feed in Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum have to eat first, then Wes gets to come to the table.

19. Jamal CrawfordLos Angeles Clippers

Crawford can score, there's no doubt about that. However, he doesn't do much of else and will kill your FG%.

20. Eric Gordon - New Orleans Pelicans

When healthy, Gordon is a fantastic fantasy asset. Unfortunately, he's not healthy very often. He has finally been cleared to participate in full-scale practice starting next week. He remains a risky choice, but if he stays healthy, could be one that pays off.

There you have your top 20 SG's for the 2013-2014 season. Who do you expect to break onto the scene this season? Who do you think will fall flat on their face? Send any comments or questions below or @asfarfaketeams on twitter.

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