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NBA free agency 2023: Ranking the top 11 shooting guards, including James Harden and Austin Reaves

Shooting guard is the deepest position of the 2023 free agency class. Aside from James Harden, there aren’t any All-Star level talents, but there are a ton of quality starters — and even more capable role players.

That’s great news for teams that won’t have a ton of cap space. Many of these players will be available with salary cap exceptions that they have at their disposal.

Here are the top 11 shooting guards from this class. (Note: All positional designations are pulled from Basketball-Reference.)

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NBA free agency 2023: Ranking the top 11 shooting guards

1. James Harden | Status: Player option 

Harden has a $35.6 million player option that he could exercise to return to the Sixers next season. More likely, he will opt out and seek a bigger payday.

Harden isn’t the MVP candidate that he was three years ago, but he has transformed his game into that of a lethal playmaker. He led the league last season with 10.7 assists per game, and he also managed to chip in 21.0 points per game.

Harden’s disappearing act in the playoffs is certainly a concern, as is the fact that he will be turning 34 this season. But he’s still a great regular season player that can serve as the engine of a top offense.

2. Austin Reaves | Status: Restricted free agent

Reaves showed that he was a legitimate third option in the playoffs, averaging 16.9 points per game in the Lakers’ run to the Western Conference Finals. He has some shake with his dribble, and he shot 39.8 percent from deep last season. He’s also elite at drawing fouls.

Reaves isn’t a one-way player, either. He’s a much better one-on-one defender than he’s given credit for, and he plays well within the Lakers’ defensive scheme.

There is going to be a lot of demand for Reaves. Expect him to get a big offer sheet from another team that the Lakers will have to match.

3. Jordan Clarkson | Status: Player option

After nine years in the league, we know who Clarkson is at this point — a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate because of his microwave scoring.

Clarkson wasn’t eligible for the award last season because he made his way into the starting lineup, averaging a career-high 20.8 points per game. He’s a great shot creator who can struggle defensively.

Clarkson will likely be able to get more than his $14.3 million player option if he decides to test the free agent market. Expect him to be available.

4. Josh Hart | Status: Player option

Hart looked a little bit lost in Portland to start the year, but he regained his confidence after being traded to the Knicks in February.

Hart is a true jack-of-all-trades player. He’s a solid defender. He can shoot a little from deep, although he can be way too hesitant to let it fly. He’s good in transition, and he makes quick decisions to hit teammates on passes.

Hart will probably opt out of his contract, but the Knicks will fight hard to retain him. He’s a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau.

5. Caris LeVert | Status: Unrestricted free agent

LeVert is a score-first player. He’s good at getting to the rim and shot 39.2 percent from 3-point range last season.

Efficiency has always been an issue for him — his 54.6 percent true shooting last season ranked in the bottom 30 percent of the league, per Dunks and Threes. His decision-making can also wax and wane. But he’s a useful player that can create shots.

6. Alec Burks | Status: Team option 

Burks is a solid two-way player. He’s not going to do much inside the 3-point line, but he can drill open looks. He can also handle the ball a little bit. He’s a smart defender and a great veteran.

The Pistons will likely exercise Burks’ $10.5 million option. If he does end up hitting free agency, though, every team could use a role player like him.

7. Donte DiVincenzo | Status: Player option

DiVincenzo rehabbed his value with the Warriors after suffering a nasty ankle injury two seasons ago that caused his play to fall off.

He’s a smart defender and a good 3-point shooter, hitting 39.7 percent of his attempts last season. At 26, his next contract will take him through his prime years.

Look for him to decline his $4.7 million player option and make significantly more than that on the open market.

8. Coby White | Status: Restricted free agent

White, the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, had a rough start to his career. He took some big strides forward last season, improving his defense, passing and playmaking.

White has always been a decent shooter since he entered the league, hitting 36.7 percent of his 3-point attempts over the course of his career. At 23, he still has room to get better. He could be a good backup or spot starter for a team in need of more offense.

9. Seth Curry | Status: Unrestricted free agent

Curry is one of the best shooters in the league. His minutes declined substantially in Brooklyn last season, but he still hit 40.5 percent of his 3-pointers. He also has good playmaking chops — he was one of the best pick-and-roll players when put alongside Joel Embiid a few seasons ago.

Curry is somewhat of a defensive liability because of his size. But every team needs shooting, and he still has a few good years left in the tank.

10. Lonnie Walker IV | Status: Unrestricted free agent

Walker broke out in the playoffs for the Lakers, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter of their Game 5 win over the Warriors. He knows how to find his own shot, and he can score from all three levels of the floor.

He’s still only 24 years old, too. He does need to improve defensively, as he can lose focus at times.

11. Josh Richardson | Status: Unrestricted free agent

Richardson has bounced around a lot in the past few seasons. Once thought of as possibly the third-best player on a championship team, he’s not that guy anymore.

But he does play decent defense, and he has hit on 36.5 percent of his 3-pointers for his career. He can be a useful rotation player.

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