25. James Harden
James Harden’s torrid scoring pace and one-man offensive production has already catapulted him into the conversation of “greatest shooting guards of all time.” While detractors will point to the fact that he not only hasn’t won an NBA title, but he’s also looked like the deer in the proverbial headlights on more than one occasion in the playoffs, there’s simply no denying how consistently dominant he’s been during the regular season, as a member of the Houston Rockets.
Between 2015 and 2018, Harden averaged a ridiculous 29.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game, capping off one of the most impressive three-year runs of any player in league history. The 2018 NBA MVP should’ve also won it the year before, if voters weren’t so enamored with Russell Westbrook’s triple-double stat line.
24. Kevin Garnett
The godfather to the concept of the “unicorn” players we’re seeing in today’s NBA, Kevin Garnett possessed the basketball skills to legitimately play all five positions on the court, combined with an elite work ethic, on-court ferocity, and basketball IQ.
After playing 13 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he became the team’s all-time leader in games, minutes, points, steals, assists, rebounds, blocks, and free throws, while being named an All-Star 12 times in that span.
The 2004 MVP single handedly carried some rather atrocious Timberwolves’ teams, and was finally rewarded for all his efforts when he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007, and won an NBA championship his first season there.