2013 NBA Rankings: Top 10 Shooting guards of the 2013 season

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7. Jamal Crawford: 16.5 PPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 RPG, 43 FG%, 37 3P%, 87 FT%

Crawford has bounced around the league quite a bit in his 12-year career but the Clippers might have been the best fit for him. Crawford was the leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year early in the season but started to lose steam once J.R. Smith started heating up. Crawford is a weapon off the bench and will likely start on the majority of NBA teams. He played a huge role in the Clippers’ regular season success and is without a doubt one of the best shooting guards in the league.

May 4, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson (7) shoots a free throw as Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) and small forward Jimmy Butler (21) look on in game seven of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. Bulls win 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

6. Joe Johnson: 16.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 3.0 RPG, 42 FG%, 37 3P%, 82 FT%

Johnson was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in hopes of creating the league’s best backcourt with Deron Williams. Things didn’t click quite as expected but Johnson still produced. He was surprisingly the third highest scorer on his own team behind Williams and Lopez, but was the team’s go-to-guy in the clutch, hitting a few game-tying and game-winning shots this season. Nets fans will have a sour taste in their mouth when it comes to Johnson because he went a brutal 2-for-14 (1-for-9 from three) with six points in Game 7 of the first round, but they can’t complain about his regular season performance.

5. Klay Thompson: 16.6 PPG, 2.2 APG, 3.7 RPG, 42 FG%, 40 3P%, 84 FT%

Part two of the proclaimed “best shooting backcourt ever” had himself one hell of a season. He showed he can consistently shoot from all over the court and him and Steph Curry will be a headache for Western Conference coaches for the next decade (except maybe Greg Popovich). Thompson has a big build at 6’7” and 205 pounds and if he can get stronger on the defensive end, he and Curry can be All-Star teammates in the near future.

4. J.R. Smith: 18.1 PPG, 2.7 APG, 5.3 RPG, 42 FG%, 35 3P%, 76 FT%

Smith had his career year under head coach Mike Woodson and earned himself the Sixth Man of the Year award. Smith’s career can be summed up as inconsistent and a roller coaster ride, but he found consistency under Woodson’s role. He seemed to thrive playing in New York, but couldn’t handle the lights when they were at their brightest during the playoffs. Smith hit a lot of big shots this season and was a huge part of their success. His future in New York is up in the air, but Smith had his shining moments with the blue and orange this season.

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