An attempt to rank the top NBA point guards is like trying to rank the best Western Conference teams. This is an exercise not to be taken lightly. Why? Well, there are so many valuable contenders in the mix that it is almost difficult to avoid ignoring a player. But that dilemma is an advantage for the NBA since there is such incredible talent on all teams. Derrick Rose, past MVP did not make this particular list. Of course, you know how many injuries he has suffered in past seasons. Rajon Rondo didn’t make the list either as well as Brandon Knight, Ty Lawson and Eric Bledsoe. This is not to say these players aren't great, but mention needed to be made of players who are doing quite well right now.
In the NBA, you have to be a GREAT point guard to survive these days. Six of the teams last season that finished with the best records had a top point guard or the talent of LeBron James. The Indiana Pacers did not make the grade and the Houston Rockets fell short early. A basketball point guard can be compared to a NFL quarterback. He has to be a leader and the NBA currently has many who are gifted. It may be debatable who should make the list and of course, hands down, everyone would agree that Lebron James is the best player in the NBA right now. Of course, fans of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant may disagree. Depending on the person you ask, the top point guard in the NBA at present can be picked from among the skill of four or five guys. Below is a list of 10 current NBA point guards that have shown their ability and leadership on the basketball court. You now have the opportunity to decide what you think after these 10 that are presented to you here.
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10 Jeff Teague - Atlanta Hawks
When Jeff Teague has a good night on the court, he can be very lethal. Ask the Indiana Pacers and they will tell you. In some instances during the first round last year, it appeared as if Teague was thinking of leading his team, the Atlanta Hawks past the Indiana Pacers. Of course, he didn’t. Instead, he showed everyone else his explosive talent that he had been showing the fans in Atlanta for three years. His season ended with an average of 6.7 assists and 16.5 points each game.
In Game 1 against the Pacers, he had a high scoring night, ending with 28 points. In Game 3 versus the Pacers, he had 22 points and 10 assists (a double-double game). Those results allowed the Hawks to get within a game of advancing ahead of the Pacers. Teague didn’t have Al Horford, his main running mate’s help during those games. Many people have begun to identify Teague’s talent, his lightning quickness on the court and his attack of the basketball. This young man averages in excess of 17 points each game and shooting more than 48%, the highest in his basketball career.
9 Tony Parker - San Antonio Spurs
Electrifying is the word to describe Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. You can always depend on him, except when he is hampered by injuries like his hamstring for almost the entire 2014-15 season. However, his track record has lived up to expectations. Therefore, it would be criminal not to mention him on this list. If you are an avid NBA fan, you know Parker’s reputation. He has earned four NBA championships. He has played in the All-Star on six occasions and he has had the honor of being named an MVP in an NBA Finals. If Parker can get over his hamstring injury, the rest that he is getting this early in the season will help him when the playoffs arrive.
8 Kyrie Irving - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a lot of drama in the current season. Still Kyrie Irving has been consistent with his game. He is debatably the best at handling the ball and shooting. He appears to be the one besides LeBron James who has fully committed to his defensive game this season. His stats: 20 points and 5 assists each game. When Irving has good players around him, his game is elevated. He has earned MVP in an All-Star game and in the FIBA World Cup Basketball, helping the United States win the gold medal. He is now playing with two of the best players in the NBA, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So it is safe to say that he will do even better. Watch him for the rest of 2015.
7 Mike Conley - Memphis Grizzlies
Mike Conley has played for the Buckeye team in the past, but now he is a team member of the Memphis Grizzlies. He has always been consistent during his time in Memphis. He has even ousted Zach Randolph as second best Grizzlies player. If he continues at this pace, he will definitely finish at a career high in his scoring, free throw, rebound and field goal percentage. March Gasol created room for Conley by missing 23 games. He took advantage of it by scoring many of the team’s points – 17.2 average points per game. Conley is certainly one of the point guard frontrunners.
6 Damian Lillard - Portland Trail Blazers
In 2012-13, Damian Lillard earned Rookie of the Year while he played for the Portland Trail Blazers. Since then, he has had an even better sophomore year and has followed that up nicely. His total assists have seen a decline, but he has done well in his scoring abilities, shooting much well from 3 point range. He also did not turn the ball over as much.
It was his three point shot with seconds left for the game to end in Game 6 that got him the most attention. He helped seal the series and take the team to the semifinals of the Western Conference, Portland's first playoff series win in 14 years. His buzzer-beater shot put him in category with John Stockton, Michael Jordan and Ralph Sampson, players that did the same thing in clutch games. No one can argue about Lillard’s offensive game. He takes third place in scoring in comparison to other point guards. His defensive game is what will put him lower down on the list as he tends to retreat against screens, which may cause trouble for the Trail Blazers.
5 John Wall - Washington Wizards
During the 2013-14 NBA season, John Wall of the Washington Wizards showed us that he was doing better in his game. He got better at shooting three pointers. In assists, he was tied for second place in the NBA league. He earned eighth place in steals each game and landed in fifth place among other point guards in points each game.
He has learned how to combine his aggressive athletic abilities with passing skills. He is one of the best players on the Washington Wizards team. With Wall on the basketball court, the team has outscored their opponents in excess of 7 points for each 100 ball possession. Without him on the floor, the team has outscored their opponents by only three points for each 100 ball possessions – a noticeable difference.
4 Kyle Lowry - Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are fortunate to have point guard Kyle Lowry. He was a starter in all of his 79 game appearances for the Raptors. Even though he got snubbed from the All-Star game, it didn’t appear to affect his game. Lowry could be considered a radical stimulus for the second best offensive team in the NBA. His value is shown when other team members are absent. Among other point guards, he is no.4 in scoring and no.6 in assists, which is impressive for someone who handles the ball so much. With these stats, he is bound to make the All-Star game in 2015.
3 Chris Paul - Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul landed in third place among NBA point guards for a reason. His skills are so pure and almost flawless. However, he has yet to ply in an NBA finals, in his 10th season. He better be careful because the run for a title looks elusive. He should try to figure out how to be consistent in the playoff games as he is in regular season. When he does that, he may be able to move into second place. He scores more than 17 points and makes 2 steals and nearly 10 assists each game. The only two point guards he trails in performance are Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry. His significant role in the team is unquestionable.
2 Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant and Westbrook are the Batman and Robin of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook has proven that he doesn’t mind his role as a leader and supportive player – all at the same time. It was unfortunate that he missed so many games in the 2013-14 season, but his superhuman power and comeback shows that once he is healthy, he will deliver. Considering he was out for 36 games, he played sensational playoff games. When he was out, the Thunder looked helpless without him. He came back and put some big numbers on the board in three series – 8 double-doubles and 3-triple doubles. In one game, he scored 40 points and he had six games where he scored 30 points. Who on earth does that? Westbrook, that's who.
1 Stephen Curry - Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry was instrumental in changing the course of Golden State Warriors' form. He helped to give them the best record – 36-7. He is the NBA league’s leader in steals. He takes no.5 position for assists made. He usually has a fantastic shooting season – he has a chance at 50/40/90, which would go down in NBA history. It looks like he will be one of the favorites along with James Harden to seize the MVP award for the 2014-15 season.
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