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Ranking the top free agent shooting guards this offseason

We take a look at some of the top SG options who could be available on the open market once free agency begins before the 2020-21 season.

Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on August 13, 2020 at The Field House in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

There aren’t many elite shooting guards left in the NBA, but there will be a few impactful free agents at the position up for grabs in free agency this offseason. Teams looking to upgrade their backcourts know that there aren’t a ton of shooting guards who are true superstars. We’ve excluded players with player options for next season and put together a list of the top five shooting guard free agents on the market.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC (RFA)

Previous salary: $9 million

Bogdanovic is in for a major pay day and showcased why he’s so valuable during this year’s seeding games. The 28-year-old swing man pushed Buddy Hield to the bench last season put his scoring ability on full display in the bubble. He averaged just under 20 points and 5 assists game following the NBA restart. While Bogdanovic’s best skill is his outside shooting, he can also be a secondary distributor and rebound the ball effectively. De’Aaron Fox had one of the highest usage rates among guards in the league last season and Bogdanovic could rise to new heights with a more defined role and a less ball-dominant guard.

Joe Harris, BKN

Previous salary: $8 million

Harris is one of the most prolific shooters in the NBA. He shot 42.4 percent from beyond the arc during the regular season and improved to 58.3 percent in the postseason. His 6’6” frame will allow him to play multiple wing positions and he doesn’t need to see a ton of the ball to be effective. The Brooklyn Nets will be loaded with wing talent next season. Kevin Durant is set to return from his one-year hiatus while Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie will be hungry get time in the backcourt alongside Kyrie Irving. Harris will be a priority for a lot of teams seeking outside shooting, and there might not be room for him in Brooklyn anymore.

Malik Beasley, MIN (RFA)

Previous salary: $1.9 million

There’s a good chance the Minnesota Timberwolves will select Anthony Edwards with he top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, so Beasley could be headed out the door after an amazing short stint with the team. Beasley averaged 20.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game on 47.2 percent shooting through 14 games with the Timberwolves. He shot 42.6 percent from the arc. Edwards is considered to have superstar potential, so there’s no reason for Minnesota to give Beasley a sizable contract to come off the bench or fall into a reserve roll when Edwards picks up steam. Beasley is only 23 and there aren’t a ton of shooting guards that can become immediate contributors.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL (PO)

Previous salary: $8.2 million

I’ll give KCP a break because he’s expected to decline a player option worth around $8.5 million for next season. He was arguably the Lakers’ third best player during their championship run. He’s likely opting out to pursue a more lucrative deal. While Los Angeles is favored to re-sign him, he’ll attract a number of offers from other teams looking to acquire his newfound championship pedigree.

Alec Burks, PHI

Previous salary: $2.3 million

Burks’ production dropped off when he was moved from the Golden State Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers last season, but he stepped up to the plate when Philly was plagued by injuries in the postseason. He rattled off three 20-point games before the 76ers were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round and could provide a scoring punch for a team with less star power. Burks averaged a career-high 16.1 points per game with the Warriors.

Honorable mentions:

DeMar DeRozan (Player option)
Evan Fournier (Player option)
Wesley Matthews
Justin Holiday