NBA point guard tier list: Where would Raptors’ Scottie Barnes rank?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 2: Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 2: Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
Mar 10, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /

Tier 5: Volatile question marks

21. Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Clippers

20. D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers

19. Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons

18. Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors

17. Fred VanVleet, Houston Rockets

Westbrook has regressed, but he has shown to have some effectiveness in LA. Russell can score 35 points or 4 points on any given night, but the Lakers seem to believe in his high-end talent. Cunningham will eventually shoot up these rankings, but one must be cautious when ranking him as he works back from injury.

The Raptors are committed to making the ultra-talented Barnes and his unique skillset work, even though some may not be as enamored with him as a long-term piece. VanVleet was overpaid by Houston, but he can still provide some stability and veteran mentorship on a young Rockets team.

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Tier 4: High-End scorers

16. CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans

15. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets

14. Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers

13. Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks

McCollum has been perpetually underrated for his entire career, and things are unlikely to change now that he is the No. 3 star in New Orleans. Ball has been torching defenses for bad Hornets teams, but fans need to see how much of his production is simply the byproduct of doing it all offensively for a tomato can.

Garland is everything Cleveland could have hoped for in their top-five pick, as he has quickly become a high-end shooter and passer despite his physical limitations. Brunson was an absolute sensation during a terrific first season with the Knicks, but can he replicate such high-level production?

Tier 3: All-Star studs

12. Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks

11. James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers

10. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers

9. De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

Holliday and Harden could not be more different from a stylistic point of view, but both of them put up All-Star numbers. Holiday is a soft-spoken two-way guard while Harden will very noisily put up double-doubles every single night, yet they both remain desirable assets for contenders.

Haliburton has found his new home in Indiana, and his ascension has the Pacers looking to build a winner aggressively. Fox played a considerable part, perhaps a bigger part than anyone, in turning the Kings from a laughingstock into a viable contender with a tremendous home-court advantage.