Ranking Every NBA Backcourt From Worst to Best

30. Cleveland Cavaliers — Collin Sexton and J.R. Smith


Even with the addition of a lottery pick, it’s impossible to place the Cavaliers any higher on this list. Sexton has impressive talent and plays with a chip on his shoulder, but will likely struggle early in his career due to his shooting limitations. Almost all young guards struggle on the defensive end as well. Smith has already seen his best days an NBA player, and was dreadfully inconsistent for Cleveland’s playoff run last season. Without LeBron James, this team is devoid of talent at nearly every position.

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29. Detroit Pistons — Reggie Jackson and Reggie Bullock


It wasn’t all that long ago that teams actually wanted Reggie Jackson. The former Thunder guard helped lead the Pistons to the playoffs in his first full season with the team back in 2016. In the two years that followed, Jackson has been marred by inconsistent play and injuries. He’s still great at operating in the pick-and-roll, but Jackson’s shot-selection and lack of defensive intensity is a big reason for Detroit’s woeful two-year stretch. Bullock has developed into one of the league’s better shooters, but is limited offensively overall. The Pistons hope for a big jump from 2017 first-rounder Luke Kennard after selecting the former Blue Devil a selection ahead of Donovan Mitchell.

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