Over the 74 year history of the National Basketball Association, there have always been players adept at putting the ball in the basket. This article focuses solely on the guard spots and the small forward position. Today we’ll be looking at some honorable mentions on the list of the greatest all time perimeter scorers to ever grace the game of basketball.
The Career of Tracy Mcgrady is one of the biggest what-ifs in NBA history. There is no doubt that without injuries Mcgrady would be a top 20 player of all time at a minimum. The sky was truly the limit for Tracy Mcgrady. He was a great all-around player but his scoring prowess was something to behold. For his career, he averaged 19.6 points per game on a 47% efficient field goal percentage. His prime saw him averaging 29 PPG on 49 percent efficient field goal percentage. But TMACS’s biggest season came in the 2002-2003 season. Mcgrady averaged a whopping 32.1 points per game on a 50.5 percent efficient field goal percentage. It’s a shame injuries derailed Mcgradys career we as fans we’re truly robbed of one of the most sensational players ever.
Jerry West was one of the greatest guards of all time. The Lakers sensation is one of the most iconic players in league history: so much in fact that his silhouette is the league’s logo. During his prime West averaged 27 points per game on 47.4 percent field goal percentage. His prime saw him averaging 30.3 points per game over a three-season period. His single best scoring season is difficult to single out which is a testament to the consistency of Mr clutch. His 69-70 season saw him average 31.2 PPG on a 49.7 percent field goal percentage. The crazy thing about it is that West did this all without a three-point line. Speaking for all my tape watching buddies it’s apparent that a lot of the shots West took would be considered threes in today’s league. Ironically, West retired 1974 and the NBA adopted the three point line 5 years later.
Smooth as Ice, the Iceman was one of the best ever scorers to lace up a pair. His career started in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Virginia Squires. He couldn’t thrive next to Julius Erving, so his next stop was the Spurs. Gervin thrived as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in the ABA until the league merger of 75-76. The 76-77 season saw 4 ABA teams become part of the NBA and the ABA ceased to exist. Gervin, In his prime, averaged 31 Points per game on a 54% efficient field goal percentage. Throughout his career, The Iceman averaged 25.1 points per game on a 50.7 efficient field goal percentage. His career featured 4 scoring titles. His best season saw him averaging 33.1 points per game on a 50.2 percent efficient field goal percentage. The Iceman silky smooth finger roll became the backbone of the internet sensation Jelly layup.
Alex English is one of the most slept on players of all time. In an era dominated by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Kareem, English ended the 80’s as the leading scorer of the decade. Over his career, English averaged 21.5 points per game on 50.7 percent field goal percentage. It’s crazy how he averaged 0.1 three-point attempts per game. His best season saw him average 28.4 points per game on 51.6 field goal percentage.
It’s crazy just how much these guys have accomplished there just honorable mentions on our list. Check in next time to see 6-10.