The traditional shooting guard is a dying breed. Well, every position is a dying breed now that there are “hybrids” and “tweeners,” but more so than any of the other position on the basketball court, shooting guards are dying off the quickest. Put it this way: Last season, only four two-guards had a Player Efficiency Rating of at least 18.0. Compare that to point guards (13), small forwards (seven, which includes the three-headed monster of Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony), power forwards (21) and centers (16) and you get a pretty good impression of what I’m talking about.
Sadly, the bad news doesn’t stop there. Two of those four shooting guards in that group are way past their prime — Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili — which leaves us with the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan as the sole survivors in this crazy, wild, made-up apocalypse to keep that position alive.
Good news, though: DeRozan doesn’t take that role lightly, because he’s already back at it, working on his game to get better for next season. The weird part: he’s doing it in Walmart with a caution jacket on.
Caption: Caution jacket: Late night HandleLife Walmart…@dribble2much lol
Based on this and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans using a miniature poolside hoop to work on his hops, NBA players are kooky in the off-season.