As the 14-15 Euroleague season goes on, RealGM continues to present the ultimate positional rankings of the league's best players. In the fourth edition, we rank the elite shooting guards from one to ten.
1. Vassilis Spanoulis (Olympiacos, Greece)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 19.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 turnovers.
The 32-year-old was an undeniable leader of Olympiacos team over the past four seasons. Same as in previous years, Spanoulis remains one of the best scorers and most influential players in the league, who always has the ball at crunch time. Spanoulis also demonstrates this season that Euroleague titles and MVP prizes did not take away his appetite as he scored career-high 34 points against Neptunas in Week 3 game and his team is among those which earned an early ticket to Top 16 with perfect 6-1 record.
2. Rudy Fernandez (Real, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.7 points (92% FT), 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Due to a right hand injury, Rudy Fernandez has appeared in only three Euroleague games so far this season and in general was not as efficient as he was last season. The guard scored 14 points, grabbed four boards and dished out six assists against low caliber Niznhy Novgorod but overall averages career-low 9.7 points, while shooting career-low 30% from the floor. Still, it is an early stage of the season and that did not affect Fernandez’s position in RealGM positional rankings. Considering that 13-14 season was the best in Fernandez Euroleague career, the former member of thePortland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets deserves to be called the second best shooting guard in the league.
3. Andrew Goudelock (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 19.3 points (44% 3FG), 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Andrew Goudelock’s career in Europe is skyrocketing. Last season's Eurocup MVP, Goudelock needed no time to adjust to the highest European level and he is now on a way to possibly win the Euroleague MVP award in his debut season. Surprisingly, Goudelock was ignored by his teammates at crunch time against FC Barcelona and in the very next game he proved them to be wrong. In the game against Bayern Munich, Goudelock managed to make it to the Euroleague history by becoming the first man to sink 10 three-pointers in a single game. One of the league’s leading scorer has been also incredibly reliable as he turned the ball over only five times in 217 minutes he played.
4. Juan Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
As this is his 17th season with FC Barcelona, 34-year-old veteran Juan Carlos Navarro is the symbol and heart of the Catalonian club. Same as for Fernandez, the beginning of the season was not ideal for Navarro, who averages career-low 10 points per game and makes only 32 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Navarro tries to rather involve his teammates than score by himself as he averages career-high 4.4 assists per game. However, Navarro has been always known for being clutch and ready when his team needs him in the most important postseason moments.
5. Keith Langford (Unics, Russia)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 17.4 points, 3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Keith Langford is one of the most efficient Euroleague scorers when his team plays run and gun style of basketball. Traditionally, Langford is among top scorers in the league as he averages over 17 points per game for the third straight season. Langford is also a player who never shies away from the contact and no surprise he is ranked second in terms of drawn fouls (7.6 per game). Nevertheless, this is not enough for Unics to becoming a winning team as they have a losing record (3-4) and might become the biggest upset of the season.
6. Jaycee Carroll (Real, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10.1 points (44% 3FG, 92% FT), 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.
If there would be a ranking of the league's biggest offensive threats coming off the bench for the past three seasons, Jaycee Carroll would be an undoubtedly number one. However, Carroll played his career game on a very rare night when he had actually to be in a starting five. Week 3’s game against Nizhny Novgorod was the first Carroll’s start since 2012 and the guard scored a career-high 32 points, making seven three-pointers out of nine attempts.
7. Bogdan Bogdanovic (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 8.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
After having a great season last year and averaging 14.8 points per game in Euroleague, Bogdan Bogdanovic played an important role while playing for Serbian national team in 2014 FIBA World Cup. At the age of 22, Bogdanovic averaged 27 minutes and 9.4 points per game, including 15 points performance in the final against Team USA. Bogdanovic left his home country this summer and joined Zeljko Obradovic’s Fenerbahce Ulker where he also became an important part of the team straightaway. It seems Bogdanovic is not rushing to join the Phoenix Suns, which drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and will continue to develop his game in Europe over the next few years.
8. Ricky Hickman (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Ricky Hickman played a very important role for 2014 Euroleague champion Maccabi as he was a consistent starter and scorer throughout the season. Hickman had his career performance in an opening playoffs series game against EA7 Emporio Armani, where he scored 26 points grabbed four boards, while he was also one of the most influential players in the final, where he finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds. However, the guard has a different role with his new team, Fenerbahce Ulker, where Hickman provides instant offence by coming off the bench.
9. James Anderson (Zalgiris, Lithuania)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 16.3 points (41% 3FG, 85% FT), 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
It was quite a surprise to see James Anderson, who averaged 10.1 points per game in the NBA last season while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, signing with mid-level European team Zalgiris Kaunas and taking a challenge to carry Lithuanian club to the Top 16. So far Anderson is extremely effective in his role as he averages 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Anderson’s amazing performance against Unics was also one of the best in recent years for Zalgiris as the guard scored 27 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out four assists. Considering the job Anderson already did in first seven weeks, he seems to be one of the biggest offseason steals in Euroleague.
10. Nihad Djedovic (Bayern, Germany)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Although it is just a beginning of the season, the early improvement of Nihad Djedovic’s game proves that Bayern Munich made the right decision to extent the contract with the 24-year-old shooting guard for two more years. Despite his still young age, Djedovic seems to be very matured while playing big roles for both Bayern and Bosnian national team and successfully uses his experience wisely in the Euroleague so far this. Djedovic averages 11.7 points for the second straight season but that is not enough for Bayern to get on a winning path as they won only one game out of seven.