"Kyrie Irving isn't a point guard," a talking point that seems to bubble up whenever Kyrie doesn't have a certain number of a assists in a given game, or "takes too many shots," crosses the line from legitimate assessment to baseless wisecrack. It's shallow rhetoric rather than a well-formed argument.
Distinction amongst NBA point guards is hard to come by. Boy wonder John Wall knows this only too well. Over the last three-plus years, the Washington Wizards point man has battled injuries, inconsistency and droves of critics; skeptics that haven't gone anywhere.
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard Sr. (born July 15, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Weber State Wildcats and earned third-team All-American honors in 2012.
Lowry attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, where he played point guard for the Cardinal Dougherty Cardinals high school basketball team. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Lowry was listed as the No. 6 point guard and the No. 28 player in the U.S. in 2004.
Michael Alex Conley Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He has been a member of the Grizzlies since the team drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Conley is the son of Mike Conley Sr., an Olympic gold and silver medalist in the triple jump.
Previously a point guard in the NBA, Kidd was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008.
On 14 February 2007, after delivering consistent numbers in the first half of the 2006–07 season, Parker was selected to play in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve guard. With Parker operating as the starting point guard in the 2006–07 season, the Spurs qualified for the 2007 NBA Playoffs and finished second in the Southwest Division.
Stockton played in 10 All-Star games and averaged a double-double (13.1 PPG & 10.5 APG) for his career. Jason Kidd recently passed Magic Johnson on the all-time assists chart to become No. 3, and many people regard him as one of the best ever. During the game in which he passed Magic, Kidd went for 20 assists.
Eric Bledsoe (born December 9, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 18th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft and subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The NBA is a point guard's paradise these days, so let's start All-Time #NBArank with our pantheon points. To create All-Time #NBArank, we put together a ballot with the 150 greatest players ever. Then our ESPN expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups, with voting based on both peak performance and career value.
Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two championships, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; he is currently a color commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network.
Whether Williams or Paul was the superior point guard is the subject of frequent debate among sports writers and fans. 2006–07 season. Williams began the 2006–07 season as the starting point guard for the Jazz. The Jazz started the season with a 12–1 record.
In 2011, Wade was granted sole custody of his two sons with Funches, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade (born February 4, 2002) and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade (born May 29, 2007). Wade also raises a nephew, Dahveon (born 2002), who is the son of Wade's sister Deanna.
Jrue Randall Holiday (born June 12, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one season with the UCLA Bruins before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft with the 17th overall pick.
Rubio recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 26 minutes a 4-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month after the first month of the season. In February, Rubio and teammate Derrick Williams were selected to participate in the 2012 Rising Stars challenge.
Allen Iverson had the stature of a point guard, but he was a shooting guard whose primary focus was to shoot first, pass second. During the best of his years with the Sixers (including going to the NBA Finals), Eric Snow was the official point guard although Iverson exerted a lot of control over the basketball on offense.
George Hill is in the middle tier of starting point guards, somewhere between 10 and 20. He's not spectacular on either end of the floor but is competent at both ends. Teague is better on offense but worse on defense, I think they are both in the same tier but it depends on what you want from your point guard. Larry Bird clearly wants more offense.
Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A star at the University of Colorado, he was selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
C.J. McCollum PG / SG: Canton, Ohio: GlenOak High: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sep 17, 2008 Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: ESPN grade: 83: Overall recruiting rankings: ESPN: 91 (PG) Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
Lawson's Wizards debut came in game 2 of the first round series against the Toronto Raptors, where he had 14 points and 8 assists in a Wizards defeat. Washington would go on to lose in six games, with Lawson averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 assists in 19.2 minutes per game.
Can Ellis defend the point? Would he do a better job defending point guards than he does on shooting guards? Instead of being asked to close out on shooters who are taller than him or forced to bump them in the low post, Monta could guard ballhandlers. This season, he has handled that task surprisingly well.
Strickland's claim to fame might be getting a shout-out from Raekwon on the Wu-Tang Clan's classic single, "Triumph." But that's not the only thing that people should remember him for. Although he never made an NBA All-Star team during his career, the New York City native used his big frame to drive the lane at will and was also good for at least seven or eight assists every game. Currently, he sits at tenth overall on the NBA's all-time assists leaders list.
Nate Archibald was one of the original dynamic, score-first NYC point guards. The man referred to as "Tiny" packed a big punch. He is still the only player to lead the NBA in points and assists in the same season. He accomplished the feat as the Kansas City-Omaha Kings starting point guard in 1973, averaging 34.0 points and 11.4 assists per game.
For instance, did you know the 38-year-old point guard, who was traded to the Sacramento Kings at the trade deadline last month, is ninth on the all-time list for career assists? The only players ahead of him: John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Mark Jackson, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and Gary Payton.
Louis Tyrone Williams (born October 27, 1986), nicknamed Sweet Lou, is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.