The NBA is always changing, and we tend to forget some players that made their mark on the game. These Top SG’s fly under the radar and people continue to show no signs of giving them any credit.
#5: Cuttino Mobley
Career averages: 16 ppg, 3.9 apg, 2.7 apg
For those who remember Mobley from his playing days know he had the potential to be great. Going 41st in the 1998 NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets Mobley and Steve Francis formed one of the most elite front courts in the league through six seasons together.
A guy who never shied away from the biggest moments throughout the course of the game, Mobley was the most disciplined shooter during his era. Being able to run without the basketball and be ready to shoot on a dime is such an advantage to his offensive arsenal.
Unfortunately, in 2008 retirement was the theme at the age of 33 due to Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; a condition where the heart thickens without an obvious cause.
#4 Tyreke Evans
Career Stats: 15.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.8 apg
One of the most talented players to make a full and total decline throughout his career. Evans came into the league winning the 2009-10 NBA rookie of the year award averaging 20,5, and 5 with the Sacramento Kings and Evans looked like the franchise center piece. He became the fourth rookie to put up these types of numbers. He is in the same sentence as Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James to have accomplished this.
A decent two-way threat, Evans saw above 32 minutes a night through his first four years with the Kings. After his rookie year he turned into an average NBA player who slowly took steps back. He began dealing with plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. This lingering issue prevented Evans from continuing to capitalize on such a remarkable rookie campaign.
In 2019, Evans was banned from the NBA due to violating the league’s anti drug policy. He can apply for reinstatement this year. He’s 31 years old.
#3 Jerry Stackhouse
Career Stats: 16.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg
Stackhouse came into the league in 1995 and came out swinging putting up 19.2 points a game in his rookie year. He’s the only player of his time that never gets recognition given his resume of being impactful for much of his career.
In Detroit he became a two time all-star and led the league in scoring in the 2000-01 season at 29.8 points a game where he was one of the Top Sg’s in the league. Stackhouse was known for his infamous playoff run with Dallas Mavericks only to be suspended in Game 5 against Miami in 2006. Stackhouse became a household name around the league for multiple seasons, but no one today talks about him.
He went on to play eighteen seasons as he retired with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 after the Nets lost in the first round to the Chicago Bulls.
#2 Joe Johnson
Career Stats: 16 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.9 apg
Although it took Johnson four years to really get going in the league the upside was there when we came into the league as a Celtic. There was talk about pairing him with Paul Pierce until they shipped Johnson to Phoenix. He began to see more minutes and his career took off from that point on.
As a Hawk, Johnson became a superstar securing six all-star appearances in his seven seasons with the Hawks. He averaged 20,5, and 4 as a hawk bringing the franchise to the post season every year. We soon became accustomed to “Iso Joe” a nickname that still fits him to this day. His ability to create his own shot, break the game down to his speed, and his patience under pressure in the biggest moments is what makes him elite.
In 2019, Detroit signed him only to be waived a few weeks later. We haven’t seen him in the NBA since, and we are still waiting for a potential return from the Arkansas product. Johnson is one of the most underrated SG’s of all time. Catch him on the Big 3 tearing things up for the Triplets!
#1 Brandon Roy
Career Stats: 18.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.7 apg
Brandon Roy might be the biggest ‘what if’ in NBA History. The confidence he instilled in Trailblazer fans is something many great players today can’t do. Playing nearly his whole career with Portland, Roy made the culture authentic. From 2007-2010 Roy was a superstar, acquiring three all star appearances through those years. From the big shot against the Rockets to his famous comeback game against Dallas we were looking at a future hall of famer right before our eyes.
Why is he one of the biggest ‘What Ifs” in NBA History? His knees forced him to retire at 26 years old. Another sad ending to a career that had so much potential. I know people get chills when his name is broadcast on social media. If you don’t run to the computer to look up that comeback win against Dallas in the playoffs then you might never know just how special he was. He would’ve been one of the greatest SG’s to grace the game.
What most don’t know is he came back in the 2012-2013 NBA Season as he suited up with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He unfortunately played just five games where he averaged 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. There’s been no attempt at coming back to the NBA since then.
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