Top 10 Free Agent Shooting Guards

Top 10 potential free agent Shooting Guards for the Dallas Mavericks in 2019.

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The Shooting Guard free agent pool for 2019 is probably the weakest of all the position groups.  There is one superstar in the group, a couple pretty good players, and a few younger guys with yet unfulfilled potential.

This is fine for the Dallas Mavericks because Shooting Guard is not necessarily an area of need for them as they have 26 year old Tim Hardaway Jr. under contract for next season and then a $20 million Player Option for the 2020-2021 season.  Given that they are already paying out about $20 million to the Shooting Guard position and that they have needs in other areas, it is hard to imagine that the Mavericks will be in play for many of these guys outside of Klay Thompson, because who cares what position you play when you can shoot like he can.

Throughout his 6 years in the league Tim Hardaway Jr has shown that he can score, he has just not yet been able to do it efficiently.  Many people, including myself, attribute most of the poor shooting percentages in his career to being relied on as a primary or secondary scorer on bad teams (Knicks and Hawks) with no playmaker beside him.  Now running along side basketball wizard, Luka Dončić, it seems that Hardaway should be able to boost those shooting percentages by benefit of getting better shots.  So far in his 12 games with the Mavericks this has not been the case.  He is shooting 40% from the field, 30% from 3, and 74% from free throw, all lower than his career averaged.  I don’t want to keep making excuses but being moved into a new team with a new system mid season has got to throw off your rhythm.  Not to mention, the turnover and lack of continuity among the entire Mavericks roster over the past few months.  Given time to work together as a group in the offseason, in training camp, and preseason, I believe should allow Hardaway Jr. to improve his efficiency and finally be a contributor to a winning team.

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Top 10 Potential 2019 Free Agent Shooting Guards

RFA – Restricted Free Agent
UFA – Unrestricted Free Agent
PO – Player Option
TO – Team Option
Career Earnings – Money earned by NBA salary through the 2018-2019 season, does not include 2019 Option amount.

 

Thompson

1. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 29  $19 M  $78.8 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 61 34.4 47% 40% 82% 3.9 2.3 1.1 0.6 1.5 22
Career 598 33.1 46% 42% 85% 3.5 2.3 0.9 0.5 1.7 19.5

Klay is head and shoulders above any other shooting guard in free agency, he is the best scorer and defender of anyone else listed here.  He does not need the ball in his hands a lot to make an impact as we saw with his RIDICULOUS 60 points in 29 minutes with only 11 dribbles in a 2016 regular season game.  He is in his prime at 29 years old, played 6 full seasons, and is already 18th all-time in made 3s with 1,751.  If it wasn’t for Steph Curry there is a very real chance we would all be calling Klay Thompson the best shooter of all-time.  He has made the most number of 3s in a season by anyone other than Steph Curry and hes been doing it shooting 42% over his entire career.  It would not seem right to break up the Splash Brothers, but if Klay wants to try his hand at being a team’s top scorer we would welcome him in Dallas with open arms, and an open checkbook.

2018-2019 Top Games

Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
10/29 CHI 62% 14 58% 100% 4 0 2 0 2 52 39.3
1/21 LAL 85% 10 91% 3 2 0 1 2 44 37
1/8 NYK 62% 7 44% 2 0 2 2 1 43 32.9
2/27 MIA 61% 7 47% 100% 2 1 3 0 0 36 29.4
2/6 SAS 85% 4 80% 1 6 3 1 1 26 28.5

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Redick

2. J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 35  $12.3 M  $91.4 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 59 31.3 44% 38% 90% 2.3 2.8 0.4 0.2 1.4 17.9
Career 819 25.8 45% 41% 89% 2 2 0.5 0.1 1.1 12.8

Redick is an elite shooter and one of the best at moving without the ball on offense.  He runs off so many screen, uses great angles, and has a lighting release that renders defenders useless when he is at his best.  He is 22th in NBA history in 3s made with 1,650 and just like Klay, he does it shooting a very good percentage, peaking at 48% in the 2016 season!

Now that Philadelphia has made big moves to bring in Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, giving up a ton of players and picks to do so, it is starting to look like there will not be enough money to go around.  That means JJ Redick may be on the move and Dallas seems like a great fit at the right price.  As mentioned before, the Mavs already have a lot of resources dedicated to Tim Hardaway Jr. so I think they will want to fill out other areas with big money, leaving less to spend here.  But, the Mavs have Luka and Porzingis and have a lot of money to spend.  Once the roster fills out with other really good players I think that the Mavs have a chance of attracting talented players at a discounted price who want to pursue greatness.

He is 35 years old which is a little concerning but he does not seem to be slowing down a bit, having his best scoring seasons of his career the last two years.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
2/8 DEN 73% 6 86% 86% 3 3 0 0 3 34 27.5
10/20 ORL 50% 8 62% 100% 4 4 1 0 0 31 25.6
1/2 PHO 58% 5 63% 80% 4 4 2 0 2 27 24.6
10/23 DET 43% 6 40% 86% 5 6 0 0 0 30 23.8
12/27 UTA 67% 6 67% 100% 5 1 0 0 0 24 20.6

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

Green

3. Danny Green, Toronto Raptors

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 32  $10 M  $52.7 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 62 28.4 45% 43% 90% 4 1.4 0.9 0.7 0.9 9.8
Career 602 25.4 42% 40% 82% 3.5 1.6 1 0.8 1 8.9

Nothing flashy about Danny’s Green’s game but it sure is effective. We all know about his knock-down shooting and unlimited range, but it is his great defensive instincts that really elevate his value.  He is an NBA Champion and was named to 2017 All-Defensive team.  At 6’6″ he averages the most blocks of anyone on this list, and it is pretty rare to get his level of defensive productivity from your shooting guard.

After spending several seasons with Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio he was part of the deal that sent them both to Toronto this season where they have proven they are not just just products of Greg Popovic’s system but great players in their own right.  If throwing a contract at Danny Green would get the Mavs one step closer to locking down Kawhi that wouldn’t hurt either.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
1/19 MEM 67% 8 67% 6 3 2 1 0 24 25
11/17 CHI 100% 3 100% 4 3 1 0 1 17 17.8
12/14 POR 60% 5 71% 100% 12 0 0 2 1 19 17.6
10/22 CHO 75% 4 67% 6 2 1 2 1 16 16.6
1/25 HOU 57% 6 60% 1 1 0 1 0 22 15.5

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Photo of Tomas Satoransky

4. Thomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 27  $3.1 M  $9 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 61 25.1 50% 44% 80% 3.1 4.4 1 0.2 1.4 8.3
Career 191 20.4 50% 42% 78% 2.7 3.4 0.7 0.2 1.1 6.2

Thomas Satoransky was a second round draft pick, 32nd overall, by the Washington Wizards in 2012 out of the Czech Republic.  It was not until 2016 until Satoransky actually came to the NBA when he signed a 3yr/$9M deal with the Wizards.  

This season Satoransky has really turned himself into a productive player, shooter, and playmaker.  In the last 30 days, with PG John Wall sidelined with a season ending injury, Satoransky has been one of the team’s primary ballhandlers averaging 11 points, 7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds.  He does not take a lot of shots but when he does Satoransky is one of the most efficient shooters around.  He takes good shots, makes the right pass, and plays within the team.

Although he a fairly unknown NBA commodity and does not have eye popping numbers I think Thomas Satoransky would be a great addition to the Mavericks for next season.  At 27 years old he is just coming into his prime, perhaps a great guy to invest in that could end up outplaying his contract by the time it is done.  They say their is a European bias in the NBA, that General Managers are hesitant invest in guys from overseas.  This seems to be a trend that the Dallas Mavericks are taking advantage of with Luka and Porzingis, maybe Satoransky is a guy that will fall through the cracks as well.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
1/27 SAS 62% 2 50% 75% 9 8 1 0 1 21 23.8
1/24 GSW 62% 3 60% 50% 3 10 3 0 2 20 23
1/11 MIL 70% 2 67% 100% 12 10 2 0 6 18 20.4
12/5 ATL 71% 2 67% 100% 4 7 2 1 0 14 19.9
1/2 ATL 50% 1 50% 50% 11 7 2 0 1 14 18.2

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Matthews

5. Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 32  $18.6 M  $103 M  N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 54 30.1 41% 38% 82% 2.3 2.3 0.8 0.3 1.3 13
Career 709 32.6 43% 38% 83% 3.1 2.2 1.1 0.2 1.3 13.8

Wes Matthews took a lot of heat from Mavs fans over the past couple years.  A lot of isn’t his fault, its the big 4yr/$70M contract that the Mavs front office game him coming off of his torn achilles injury while playing for Portland.  I think a lot of it also has to do with the tanking the last two years and a frustrated fan base looking for a scapegoat.  He also has a slightly irrational level of confidence that can rub some fans the wrong way when things aren’t going right.  He is never afraid of a shot, knows he can make it from anywhere, and wants the chance to guard the other team’s best players.  Although it can be frustrating at times I love that he has a never-back-down, never-give-up attitude.

One this that has never been questioned about Wes is his work ethic, toughness, and commitment.  By all accounts, coaches and teammates love what he brings to the court and the locker room every day.  It was really a benefit to have someone as committed to the organization as Wes, to show and teach the young guys how to be a pro.

He is no longer the defensive stopper that he used to be but he still gets after it on defense and knows how to come up with steals.  Because of this competitiveness and ability to stretch the floor and knock down shots, I would love to have Wesley Matthews back next year, at the right price.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
12/22 GSW 60% 7 64% 3 4 1 0 2 25 20.8
10/22 CHI 40% 4 36% 100% 2 4 2 0 1 20 16.3
1/9 PHO 80% 2 100% 100% 2 5 0 0 0 14 16.2
1/21 MIL 43% 3 38% 3 3 3 4 0 15 16
10/28 UTA 29% 2 50% 83% 7 1 1 0 0 22 15.5

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Lamb

6. Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 27  $7.5 M  $30.4 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 60 28.6 45% 34% 87% 5.6 2.1 1 0.3 1 15.3
Career 416 20.1 45% 34% 85% 3.6 1.5 0.7 0.3 0.8 10

Jeremy Lamb seems to have all the tools to take the next step in his career and it looks like that transformation may be happening this year.  He has finally carved out a starting role and is scoring pretty efficiently for a 7-7 Hornets team currently sitting atop the Southeast Division.  His increased role has shown that he is able to use his length and athleticism to be a menace on defense, averaging the highest steals per game of anyone on this list so far this season.

A career 34% 3 point shooter is not exactly what you are looking for out of your shooting guard, but given his scoring, production, decent percentages, and age, Lamb may be able to secure himself a nice contract this offseason.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
12/26 BRK 61% 3 100% 86% 6 3 2 0 0 31 28.7
2/9 ATL 57% 4 57% 100% 6 7 3 2 1 24 27.9
11/21 IND 54% 5 71% 100% 7 4 0 0 1 21 19.4
1/19 PHO 67% 5 71% 100% 5 6 0 0 0 18 19.4
2/5 LAC 53% 1 25% 100% 4 1 3 0 0 22 18.2

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Ross

7. Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 28 $10.5 M $42.6 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 65 26.3 43% 37% 88% 3.4 1.6 0.8 0.4 1 14.6
Career 476 24.2 42% 37% 82% 2.8 1.1 0.8 0.3 0.9 10.3

Now in his 7th season, Ross came into the league as an 8th overall pick, known for his high flying ferocious dunks, winning the dunk contest in his 2013 rookie season.  He quickly changed the narrative on his game by dropping 51 points for the Raptors in his sophomore season, knocking down 10 of 17 threes in that game and shooting 39% from downtown for the season.

Consistency has been Ross’ problem in his career, but at 28 years old, with his ridiculous athleticism and smooth jumper, Ross is a productive player who still has great upside potential.  That upside was recently on display when the Orlando Magic beat the Mavericks on March 8th while Terrence Ross dropped 22 points on 6 of 11 shooting from 3 point range.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
1/31 IND 61% 5 63% 100% 4 0 3 0 0 30 26.4
11/26 GSW 60% 4 67% 86% 1 2 2 0 1 28 22.6
2/7 MIN 57% 6 46% 5 1 0 0 1 32 22.3
2/5 OKC 44% 5 39% 100% 5 1 3 0 0 26 21.8
2/24 TOR 43% 3 38% 100% 9 1 0 0 2 28 18.7

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Hood

8. Rodney Hood, Portland Trailblazers

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 26  $3.5 M  $9.9 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 55 26.4 43% 36% 90% 2.3 1.8 0.8 0.1 0.7 11.4
Career 303 27.3 42% 37% 84% 2.9 1.9 0.8 0.2 1.1 12.7

Rodney Hood is the youngest player on this list, this is just his 5th year in the NBA after being drafted 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz in 2014.  He was averaging 17 points per game on 39% 3-point shooting for the Jazz last season before being traded to the Cavs mid-season so Utah could make room for rookie Donovan Mitchell.  His struggles playing with LeBron last year are well documented, scoring just 10 ppg playing along side him.  This huge drop in production resulted in Hood settling for a 1 year $3.5 million deal with the Cavs this past offseason.

Playing for one of the worst teams in the league for most of this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hood has again been lackluster.  His 36% is not bad but nothing to get too excited about.  In February the Cavs traded Hood to the Portland Trailblazers for Wade Baldwin, Nik Stauskas, and a pair of second round picks.  He has already had an impact with the Blazers, dropping 21 points in a 4th quarter against the Hornets on March 3rd.  Aside for this game, however, Hood has not done much, averaging just 8 points in 21 minutes per game while shooting 35% from downtown.

This was a big “prove-it” year for Rodney Hood and it looked like all he proved is that he is an average NBA player.  Given that he couldn’t find a long term deal last year it is hard to think he will get a much better offer this year.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
3/3 CHO 64% 3 50% 100% 1 2 2 0 0 27 24.1
10/30 ATL 69% 4 100% 67% 1 3 3 0 1 26 22.5
12/12 NYK 64% 2 50% 100% 5 0 0 0 0 23 17.9
11/23 PHI 50% 5 71% 4 1 0 0 0 25 16.9
1/19 DEN 56% 2 40% 100% 0 3 2 0 1 18 16.4

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Photo of Dwyane Wade

9. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 37  $2.4 M  $199 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 52 25.6 43% 32% 68% 3.8 4.2 0.8 0.5 2.3 14.2
Career 1034 34.1 48% 29% 77% 4.7 5.4 1.5 0.8 3.2 22.1

Based on his performance this season alone, Dwyane Wade should be much higher on this list.  But as a Mavericks fan and someone who is still bitter about his history with the Mavs franchise I could not bring myself to put him an higher.

Wade has officially announced his retirement, over and over again, soaking up every bit of praise he can.  Since he will not be playing next season perhaps he should not be on this list at all but I think his impressive production in his age 37 season deserves some recognition.  He has had some big games this season, game winners, vintage euro steps, and killer crossovers.

Here is to an amazing career for one of the best Shooting Guards to ever do it, you will be missed…just not by Mavericks fans.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
11/25 TOR 59% 4 57% 71% 5 6 0 1 3 35 27.8
2/27 GSW 59% 5 63% 7 3 1 2 4 25 20.1
2/5 POR 53% 0 100% 9 3 0 1 1 22 18.6
2/2 IND 47% 3 50% 100% 6 4 0 1 1 21 17.6
12/8 LAC 38% 5 50% 50% 6 6 1 1 3 25 17

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Photo of Tyreke Evans

10. Tyreke Evans, Indiana Pacers

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 30  $12.4 M  $75.5 M  N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 55 20 38% 35% 76% 2.7 2.4 0.9 0.3 1.7 10
Career 580 30.9 44% 32% 76% 4.6 4.9 1.3 0.4 2.5 15.9

Tyreke Evans had one of the best rookie seasons of all-time with the Sacramento Kings in 2010, averaging 20 points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists.  After that he seemed to regress every single year up until last season where he reproduced those numbers from his rookie season as a member of a depleted Memphis Grizzlies team.  Even with that performance, all Evans was able to get in free agency was a 1 year deal as a backup with the Indiana Pacers.

Although he was a terrible shooter early in his career, he has really improved this aspect of his game, shooting 39%, 36%, and 40% over the past 3 seasons. Evans has not had as big of a role for the Indiana Pacers this season as he did with the Grizzlies last year.  He is averaging 20 minutes per game this year, but recently has been between only 11-15 minutes per game.  This limited playing time is surprising given the season ending injury to Victor Oladipo, with most of those minutes going to Darren Collison and Cory Joseph.   He is still only 29 years old, soon to be 30, I think Tyreke Evans has a lot of good basketball yet to be played.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
11/16 MIA 46% 5 71% 100% 10 2 0 1 1 23 20.4
12/26 ATL 78% 4 100% 50% 1 5 1 0 1 19 18.5
10/24 SAS 50% 5 71% 0 5 2 1 0 19 17.4
2/22 NOP 67% 2 50% 60% 3 3 2 2 1 17 16.9
1/15 PHO 75% 1 100% 88% 4 0 1 0 1 20 16.8

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Other Free Agent Shooting Guards:

Then there is the rest…

Still some quality players listed here, but really nobody you want to have as a starter.  Diving into this section of free agency is for filling out role players, depth, and bench scoring.

Player Team Type Age Salary
Allen Crabbe BKN PO 26 $18,500,000
Kent Bazemore ATL PO 29 $18,089,887
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL UFA 26 $12,000,000
Austin Rivers HOU UFA 29 $11,825,000
Alec Burks SAC UFA 28 $10,500,000
Iman Shumpert HOU UFA 29 $10,000,000
Garrett Temple LAC UFA 33 $8,000,000
Mario Hezonja NYK UFA 24 $6,500,000
Wayne Ellington DET UFA 31 $6,270,000
Alex Abrines UFA 26 Waived 2/9/19
Ben McLemore UFA 26 Waived 2/7/19
Justin Holiday MEM UFA 30 $4,500,000
Lance Stephenson LAL UFA 28 $4,449,000
Ron Baker UFA 26 Waived 1/7/19
Glenn  Robinson II DET TO 24 $4,075,000
Jodie Meeks UFA 32 Waived 11/25/18
Troy Daniels PHX UFA 28 $3,333,336
Seth Curry POR UFA 29 $2,795,000
Reggie Bullock LAL UFA 28 $2,500,000
Vince Carter ATL UFA 42 $2,393,887
Jamal Crawford PHX UFA 39 $2,393,887
Quincy Pondexter SAS UFA 31 $2,165,481
Justin Anderson ATL RFA 25 $1,764,662
Ian Clark NOP UFA 28 $1,757,429
Nik Stauskas CLE UFA 25 $1,621,415
David Nwaba CLE RFA 26 $1,512,601
Rodney McGruder MIA RFA 28 $1,544,951
Wayne Selden CHI UFA 25 $1,428,781
Sindarius Thornwell LAC TO 24 $1,378,242
Daniel Hamilton UFA 24 Waived
Tyler Dorsey MEM RFA 23 $1,096,929
Andrew Harrison UFA 24 Waived
MarShon Brooks UFA 30 Waived
Other Free Agent Articles

Everything You Need to Know About Mavs Free Agency – detailed information on Mavs future contracts, cap space, and restricted free agents.

Top 10 Free Agent Centers

Top 10 Free Agent Power Forwards

Top 10 Free Agent Small Forwards

Top 10 Free Agent Shooting Guards

Top 10 Free Agent Point Guards

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