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Top Ten Point Guards

Stephen ​Curry​
Stephen ​Curry​

Over the past season and a half, Curry has played point guard as well as anyone else in NBA history. -- Pelton No player his size, 6-foot-3, has ever bent defenses to his will as Curry does.

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Chris Paul​
Chris Paul​

Chris Paul isn’t a 6-foot-8 behemoth carrying 260 pounds of muscle to help him dictate things on the court, like LeBron James. Nor is he a supernatural athlete at the point guard position, like Russell Westbrook.

Russell ​Westbrook​
Russell ​Westbrook​

Does 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook still hold the top spot? SN's Sean Deveney breaks down the league's best point guards.

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Kyrie Irving​
Kyrie Irving​

"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.

John Wall​
John Wall​

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 ​Lillard​
Damian ​Lillard​

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.

Kyle Lowry​
Kyle Lowry​

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.

Isaiah ​Thomas​
Isaiah ​Thomas​

To recap. As a rookie, Isiah Thomas was useless and contributed no wins. As a sophomore, he played average. Then in third season he had a breakout year!

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Mike Conley ​Jr
Mike Conley ​Jr

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.

Kemba ​Walker​
Kemba ​Walker​

Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA draft.

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Steve Nash​
Steve Nash​

Magic, Jerry West, the Big O, Stockton, Payton, Cousy, Kidd, Isiah Thomas, Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Nash provide for a solid top-10 baseline of point guards in some order (so long as Johnson sits at No. 1).

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Magic ​Johnson​
Magic ​Johnson​

Take as look and see why Magic Johnson is rated as one of the greatest NBA point guards of all time

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Jason Kidd​
Jason Kidd​

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.

Derrick Rose​
Derrick Rose​

As a point guard? Outside of his speed, theres not much there. Rose isnt a great passer, doesnt have the patience or bball IQ to see plays develop, doesnt really do much to run an offense.

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Rajon Rondo​
Rajon Rondo​

There was a four year stretch where Rondo may have been the best point guard in the league and despite his unlikeability (this is my wingspan), Rajon Rondo is one of the 20 best point guards of all time. Let’s start with Rondo’s tools.

Tony Parker​
Tony Parker​

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.

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John Stockton​
John Stockton​

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.

Oscar ​Robertson​
Oscar ​Robertson​

Furthermore, in 2006, ESPN named Robertson the second greatest point guard of all time, ... Bradsher, Bethany, Oscar Robertson Goes to Dixie (2011) ...

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Eric Bledsoe​
Eric Bledsoe​

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.

Isiah Thomas​
Isiah Thomas​

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.

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Bob Cousy​
Bob Cousy​

Robert Joseph Cousy (/ ˈ k uː z iː /, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and briefly with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season.

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Walt Frazier​
Walt Frazier​

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.

Deron ​Williams​
Deron ​Williams​

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.

Jeff Teague​
Jeff Teague​

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague applauded the Wolves' signing of Derrick Rose. Teague wants to play with Rose and Tyus Jones, but MN coach Tom Thibodeau has been hesitant to play PGs together.

Dwyane ​Wade​
Dwyane ​Wade​

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.

Goran Dragić​
Goran Dragić​

Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard positions.

Jrue Holiday​
Jrue Holiday​

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.

Gary Payton​
Gary Payton​

Gary scored when points guards were supposed to pass and maybe he should have played in the modern era instead.

Kobe Bryant​
Kobe Bryant​

Kobe Bryant at point guard symbolizes Lakers' misery. The Lakers used to be the talk of the NBA for all the right reasons. Not so much now.

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Ricky Rubio​
Ricky Rubio​

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​
Allen Iverson​

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.

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George Hill​
George Hill​

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.

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Reggie ​Jackson​
Reggie ​Jackson​

In The Magazine's Point Guard issue, ESPN's NBA Forecast ranked the ... ESPN's NBA Forecast ranked the 30 starting point guards in the ... Reggie Jackson Pistons: 5.19:

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Mike D'Antoni​
Mike D'Antoni​

Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American-Italian professional basketball coach who was formerly a professional basketball player. He is the head coach of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Chauncey ​Billups​
Chauncey ​Billups​

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.

Elfrid Payton​
Elfrid Payton​

Suns point guard Elfrid Payton, shown here as a youth football player, is the son of Canadian Football League legend Elfrid Payton Sr. Courtesy of Elfrid Payton Suns point guard Elfrid Payton Suns point guard Elfrid Payton as a youth basketball player.

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C. J. ​McCollum​
C. J. ​McCollum​

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.

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Ty Lawson​
Ty Lawson​

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.

Darren ​Collison​
Darren ​Collison​

DARREN COLLISON. Losing all but one of the team’s point guards from last season’s roster to free agency, ... Kings Positional Breakdown: Point Guard.

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Victor Oladipo​
Victor Oladipo​

Oladipo is a shooting guard who is also capable of playing point guard. Indiana coach Tom Crean would frequently attribute Oladipo's success to his extreme work ethic and pre-game preparation of reviewing film.

Kevin ​Johnson​
Kevin ​Johnson​

Also, we have had some stellar two guards who would facilitate a little bit, but were not a true point guard. For example, Dennis Johnson and Paul Westphal. With all that being said, let's dig in.

Jeremy Lin​
Jeremy Lin​

Jeremy Lin, who worked out lightly pregame at TD Garden, has “blown away” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson with his progress and expects to start next season in a crowded backcourt that includes fellow lead guards D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert.

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Monta Ellis​
Monta Ellis​

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.

José ​Calderón​
José ​Calderón​

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jose Calderon has been a revelation this season and his play his been vital to the team's success. Jose Calderon's ... point guards ...

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Jason ​Williams​
Jason ​Williams​

Jason Chandler Williams (born November 18, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who was a point guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for twelve seasons during the late 1990s and 2000s.

Rod ​Strickland​
Rod ​Strickland​

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.

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Nate ​Archibald​
Nate ​Archibald​

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.

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Mark Jackson​
Mark Jackson​

Mark Jackson was born in Brooklyn, New York. Jackson was regarded as one of the nation's elite point guards while attending Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn under coach Patrick Quigley.

Andre Miller​
Andre Miller​

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.

Lou Williams​
Lou Williams​

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.

Stephon ​Marbury​
Stephon ​Marbury​

Stephon Marbury. Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Beijing Fly Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).