18: Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe / Tony Snell
For $14 million, Bledsoe averaged 18 points while assisting on 26% of his teammate’s field goals while on the court. His 16 turnovers per 100 plays is a bit high, but to be expected when you control the ball 26% of the time. Snell who will make $10 million, may be challenged by Malcolm Brogdan who can also play point guard off the bench. Snell averaged just 7 points but was solid with just 7 turnovers per 100 plays.
17: Los Angeles Clippers: Avery Bradley / Lou Williams
Due to the Austin Rivers trade, 6th man extraordinaire Lou Williams is slated to start at shooting guard. The 12-year veteran started 19 games and averaged 33 minutes splitting time between both guard spots off the bench. The re-signing of Avery Bradley at point will keep Teodosic and his outrages turnover ratio coming of the bench and secure Bradley as the point with his 12 turnovers per 100 touches. The Clippers should probably be looking into signing another guard very soon.
16: Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox / Bogdan Bogdanovic
The Sacramento Kings might be in complete disarray, but their backcourt will not be, come 2018-19.
Between Fox, Bogdanovic, Frank Mason and Buddy Hield, all the Kings’ guards will have at least one year of experience.
Fox will improve upon his 2.4 turnovers and 4 assists per game. Bogdanovic who also plays forward averaged 12 points and made 39% of his three-point shots, including the 7 missed attempts from beyond half-court. Look for this inexperienced backcourt to improve.
15: Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker / Brandon Knight
With a 25 point average, and assisting on 24% of shots made while on the court, Booker is not only carrying this tandem, he is earning the $158 million contract he is about to receive. Due to very little support, the ball was in his hands 32% of the time which explains the 3.6 turnovers per game. Brandon Knight is now pencilled in to start at point guard for the Suns, but Booker will basically be running the whole show.
14: San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray / DeMar DeRozan
Before acquiring DeMar DeRozan in the swap for Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs would’ve been near the bottom of the list, with a duo of Murray and Green. But in sacrificing Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs at least got one of the better shooting guards in the game. As for their PG, Murray is primed to take the starting role from Patty Mills, the 21-year old’s defense is not at ‘starter level’. Murray committed 70 fouls in 2017-18 while his opponent was in the act of shooting.
13: Miami Heat: Gorin Dragic / Dion Waiters
The Heat’s backcourt led them in points and turnovers per game. Dragic averaged 17 points while attempting 26% of his field goals within 3 feet and 27% of field goals beyond the 3-point line. When not scoring, he assisted on 25% of the made field by his floormates. Waiters played 30 games before ankle surgery and managed to average 14 points while shooting 41% of his field goals from beyond the arc. If Waiters is not recovered expect Wayne Ellington to start.