Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings
Ranking the best WNBA Shooting Guards of the 2023 WNBA season as Jewell Lloyd lead the way. Also where Rhyne Howard, Diana Taurasi & rank
By admin | July 15, 2023
WNBA Shooting Guards
The evolution of the game of women’s basketball continues while the talent within the WNBA continues to grow each WNBA Season. That can be said for the 2023 WNBA schedule as the league is loaded with a long list of talented players who can do it all from shooting to rebounding to setting up their teammates for scoring opportunities. This includes the talent among the Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings list which is headlined by the Seattle Storm shooting guard Jewell Lloyd.
Lloyd enters the final week of the first half of the 2023 WNBA season leading all players in scoring while averaging 24.9 points per game. With the departure of Breanna Stewart to the New York Liberty and Sue Bird retiring, Lloyd has emerged as the top playmaker for the Storm in 2023. While Lloyd headlines the best shooting guards in the WNBA in 2023, other top WNBA players joining her on that list include Arike Ogunbowale of the Dallas Wings, Jackie Young of the Las Vegas Aces, and teammates Rhyne Howard and Allisha Gray of the Atlanta Dream. Here is a look at the Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings list:
Team: Washington Mystics
WNBA Stats: 12.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.7 APG
Landing just outside of the Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings is the Washington Mystics shooting guard Ariel Atkins.
Despite leaving the Mystics final game before the 2023 WNBA All-Star game, Atkin put together a strong first half of the season while averaging nearly 13 (12.5 PPG) points per game to start the season.
However, the former first round pick during the 2018 WNBA Draft had been hot, scoring at least 20 points in two of her three previous games while combining to score 56 points over the three game stretch.
Team: Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Stats: 12.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG
The Minnesota Lynx enter the All-Star break as one of the hottest teams in the WNBA over their past 10 games winning seven of those matchups.
The Lynx success is coming from a wide range of players including shooting guard Kayla McBride who is putting together a strong season averaging 12.8 points per game while also adding 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard is shooting 41 percent from the field as well as 36 percent from behind the three point line. In addition to her offensive skills, McBride has posted at least two steals in five WNBA games this season.
Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards
10. Brittney Sykes
Team: Washington Mystics
WNBA Stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.5 APG
Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings is another talented shooting guard of the Washington Mystics Brittney Sykes. Sykes, who is in her first season with the Mystics in 2023, is currently posting her second best points per game average (13.1) of her seven year WNBA career. The former Syracuse Orange guard also enters the WNBA All-Star break averaging career highs in rebounds (4.9) and steals (2.1) per game.
Over her four games in July leading into the break Sykes posted four straight games with at least 14 points including two games with at least 26 points. To go with the scoring over that stretch, Sykes posted three games with at least five rebounds, one game with seven assists, and three games with at least three steals.
9. Marina Mabrey
Team: Chicago Sky
WNBA Stats: 15.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.7 APG
The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard entered the 2023 WNBA schedule playing for her third team over her first five years within the WNBA.
The move has paid off as Marina Mabrey is currently posting her best season within the WNBA while averaging a career high 15.2 points per game over her first 18 games to start the season while also adding 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
The former second round pick of the 2019 WNBA Draft is currently shooting 39.9 percent from the field while connecting on 36.4 percent of her three point attempts this season.
8. Diana Taurasi
Team: Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Stats: 14.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.3 APG)
The former face of the WNBA and the UConn Huskies Diana Taurasi continues to play at a high level while ranking among the best shooting guards/point guards in the WNBA.
The 16 year WNBA veteran who has spent her entire career with the Phoenix Mercury continues to score at a high level while posting her four straight seasons averaging at least 14.7 points per game.
Since arriving in the WNBA in 2007, Taurasi has yet to average fewer than 14 points per game outside of the six game season she played in 2019. The Mercury guard has also added 3.3 rebounds per game while also ranking among the leaders in assists per game while averaging 5.3 per game.
7. Kelsey Mitchell
Team: Indiana Fever
WNBA Stats: 16.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.9 APG
The six year WNBA veteran shooting guard is heading to her first WNBA All-Star game after a strong first half of the 2023 WNBA season. Mitchell, who has averaged at least 12 points per game since arriving in the league is currently averaging 16.7 points per game over her first 19 games to start the season.
Over that same 19 game stretch, Mitchell is shooting 40.9 percent from the field to go with a 38.2 mark behind the three point line while also averaging 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
In addition to those numbers Mitchell has posted six games with at least 20 points including a season high 25 points back on June 22nd, 2023, in the team’s 80-68 win over the Seattle Storm.
6. Sabrina Ionescu
Team: New York Liberty
WNBA Stats: 15.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.1 APG
As you look around at the top shooting guards in the WNBA the New York Liberty 4th year shooting guard ranks among the best shooting guards in the WNBA.
While her season average points per game has dropped from 17.4 to 15.2 points per game this season, much was expected after the active off-season the Liberty had acquired multiple stars including Breanna Stewart.
However, Ionescu continues to be dominant on both ends of the floor while adding 5.7 rebounds per game and 5.1 assists per game. Her strong play to start the season landed Ionescu on her second straight WNBA All-Star team.
5. Allisha Gray
Team: Atlanta Dream
WNBA Stats: 18.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.2 APG
Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings list is the Atlanta Dream shooting guard Allisha Gray.
Gray enters the 2023 WNBA All-Star break shooting 48.7 percent from the field while connecting on 36 percent of her three point attempts.
Her strong shooting has helped the former South Carolina Gamecocks basketball player to average a career high 18.1 points per game while also adding five rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season.
On the defensive end of the floor Gray is as strong of a defender as any shooting guard in the league while posting 1.1 steals per contest.
4. Rhyne Howard
Team: Atlanta Dream
WNBA Stats: 18.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.4 APG
Coming off of her WNBA Rookie of the Year season during the 2022 WNBA Season, Rhyne Howard continues to perform at a high level during her sophomore season in the league.
The former Kentucky Wildcats star who was selected with first pick of the 2022 WNBA Draft, was selected to her second WNBA All-Star team after averaging 18.7 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
The Atlanta Dream, who like to use a two shooting guard combination with Howard and Allisha Gray playing alongside one another, have two of the best shooting guards in the WNBA this season.
3. Jackie Young
Team: Las Vegas Aces
WNBA Stats: 19.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.8 APG
One of the most talented teams in the WNBA, the Las Vegas Aces are loaded with stars including one of the top three WNBA shooting guards in Jackie Young.
Young, who the Aces selected with the team’s top overall pick back during the 2019 WNBA Draft is playing her best basketball of her young career this season while averaging a career high 19.4 points per game over her first 20 games of the season.
Her performance including averaging four rebounds and nearly four assists (3.8) per game has the Aces sitting with the best record in the WNBA entering the league’s All-Star break.
2. Arike Ogunbowale
Team: Dallas Wings
WNBA Stats: 21.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.4 APG
Competing for the top overall shooting guard spot is the Dallas Wings shooting guard Arike Ogunbowale. The Wings shooting guard who is making her third straight All-Star game appearance during the 2023 WNBA schedule entered the break red hot scoring 28 points and 21 points in the teams two wins before the All-Star break.
Ogunbowale entered mid-July as a contender to compete for the WNBA MVP award after averaging 21.8 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Meanwhile the Wings guard is a strong defender while limiting opponents scoring opportunities posting 1.7 steals per game in 2023.
1. Jewell Lloyd
Team: Seattle Storm
WNBA Stats: 25.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.2 APG
In at number one on the Top 10 WNBA Shooting Guards 2023 Rankings is the Seattle Storm Jewell Lloyd who is putting together her best season of her WNBA career.
The nine year veteran is posting her first 20 plus scoring average mark of her career while averaging 25.7 points per game over her first 18 games of the season.
Over those 18 games, Lloyd has posted 12 games of at least 20 points, 6 games with at least 30 and one of those games a 41 point outburst.
Lloyd has also ranked among the best three point shooters all season tying an WNBA record in her last game hitting nine of 16 while marking the fifth time this season hitting at least six three pointers in a single WNBA basketball game.
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