Rating the NBA’s shooting guards

I wrote about the NBA’s shooting guards for ESPN’s 5-on-5, and I answered Richard Hamilton to one of the questions. I bet you can’t guess which one. Give up?

3. Who’s the most overrated shooting guard in the NBA?

Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: Richard Hamilton. Hamilton’s production began slipping a few years ago, but his reputation hasn’t yet. He’s a malcontent off the court and only plays well on it when he’s completely focused. That doesn’t happen enough anymore. Bulls and Celtics fans, calm down. Hamilton isn’t the answer to your prayers.

The line “but his reputation hasn’t yet” should include the caveat, “outside of Detroit.”

Here are the other four questions:

  • Who’s the best shooting guard in the NBA today?
  • Who’s the most underrated shooting guard in the NBA?
  • Who’s the most promising shooting guard in the NBA?
  • Who’s the best shooting guard of all time?

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