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Free Agency 2019

NBA Free Agency 2019: Ranking the best shooting guards

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Klay Thompson and Danny Green (NBA Getty Images)

With free agency less than a week away, we'll be ranking the top 15 players available at each position this summer in the coming days, starting with shooting guards.

UFA = Unrestricted Free Agent, RFA = Restricted Free Agent, PO = Player Option, TO = Team Option

1. Klay Thompson, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $19.0M

Age (at start of next season): 29

Thompson is expected to make a full recovery after tearing his ACL in the 2019 NBA Finals, possibly returning late next season. A five-time All-Star, he is widely considered to be the second-best shooter in the NBA, behind only Stephen Curry. Thompson is also an All-NBA level defender, having the strength, speed and length to guard multiple positions.

2. Jimmy Butler, PO

2018-19 Salary: $20.4M

Age (at start of next season): 30

Butler didn't make the All-Star team this season for the first time in five years, but he came up big for the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs, particularly in the second round against the Toronto Raptors. At his best, Butler is one of the league's elite two-way players. He can score in bunches and lock down opposing All-Stars.

3. Danny Green, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $10.0M

Age (at start of next season): 32

Green has a career year in his first season with the Raptors. He made 45.5 percent of his 3-point attempts - the second-highest rate in the league - and came close to making an All-NBA Defensive Team for the second time in his career. A knockdown shooter and versatile wing defender, Green would fit in well with just about any team.

4. JJ Redick, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $12.3M

Age (at start of next season): 35

Perhaps the most dynamic shooter in this year's free agency class, Redick is consistently among the league leaders in 3-pointers made. He averaged a career-best 18.1 points per game in the 2018-19 season, doing so on 39.7 percent shooting from the perimeter. His game should continue to age well on the offensive end.

5. Terrence Ross, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $10.5M

Age (at start of next season): 28

Ross made history this season in becoming the first player ever to make over 200 3-pointers without starting a single game. It helped him average 15.1 points per game, which was both a career-high and the fifth-highest mark among other reserves on the season. Ross is one of the more explosive scorers on this list.

6. Jeremy Lamb, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $7.5M

Age (at start of next season): 27

Lamb has come off the bench for most of his NBA career, but he started in 55 of the 79 games he played with the Charlotte Hornets this season and averaged a career-high 15.3 points per game. He's developed into a three level scorer who can provide as spark either as a starter or reserve.

7. Rodney Hood, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $3.5M

Age (at start of next season): 27

While the consistency hasn't been there for Hood over the last couple of seasons, he's proven to be a talented scorer who can play with and without the ball in his hands. He played a key role in Portland's second-round series with Denver, averaging 14.7 points per game off the bench.

8. Austin Rivers, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $12.0M

Age (at start of next season): 27

Rivers carved out a role for himself on the Houston Rockets down the stretch of this season. He made only 32.1 percent of his 3-point attempts in the regular season, but Rivers gave the Rockets a tough wing defender and another ball handler who could create for himself in isolation.

9. Seth Curry, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $2.8M

Age (at start of next season): 29

Curry lacks the vision to be a full-time point guard and the size to be a full-time shooting guard, but he's one of the purest shooters in the league. According to NBA.com, he made 49.7 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts this season. Curry is also an efficient pick-and-roll scorer.

10. Wesley Matthews, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $18.6M

Age (at start of next season): 33

Matthews averaged 12.2 points per game this season, his lowest output since his rookie season. Even though he isn't the scorer or defender he once was, the 32-year-old is still a volume 3-point shooter and a capable defender.

11. Wayne Ellington, UFA

2017-18 Salary: $6.3M

Age (at start of next season): 31

Ellington is a season removed from setting an NBA record for 3-pointers made by a reserve. Partly due to injuries, he saw his numbers fall in 2018-19, from 11.2 points per game on 39.2 percent shooting from 3-point range to 10.3 points on 37.1 percent shooting.

12. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $12.0M

Age (at start of next season): 26

Caldwell-Pope will be an option for teams looking for a 3-and-D wing, although he's never quite lived up to his potential as a defender or shooter. He averaged a career-high 16.6 points per 36 minutes in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers but made only 34.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.

13. Reggie Bullock, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $2.5M

Age (at start of next season): 28

Bullock has long been a knockdown shooter from the perimeter, making 39.2 percent of his 3-point attempts in his career. He could be a cheap option for teams in need of shooting off the bench.

14. Rodney McGruder, RFA

2018-19 Salary: $1.5M

Age (at start of next season): 28

McGruder started in 45 games for the Miami Heat last season, averaging 7.6 points on 35.1 percent shooting from deep. The Heat cut him late in the season to avoid the luxury tax.

15. Justin Holiday, UFA

2018-19 Salary: $4.4M

Age (at start of next season): 30

Holiday split this season playing for the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies. He ended the season on a high, scoring a career-high 30 points on 6-for-11 shooting from 3-point range in the third-last game of the season. He's a solid shooter and defender.

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