The point guards position in the NBA has easily become the most important position on the floor, packed with amazing talent all through the league.
The importance of having quality at the point can’t be overemphasized as it was shown last season when teams like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers were basically out-matched in games because of their lack of production from the point guard spot.
A good point guard means the team’s offense can flow seamlessly, a quality point guard adds points, assists and as we’ve seen in recent times even rebounds to that. Point guards these days run the court, they’re the quarterbacks, they’re the all-seeing eye on the court and I’ve done my best to rank ‘my’ top 10 in the league at the moment.
The 2015/2016 season majorly influenced the ranking so in case you don’t see your favorite team’s point guard, I didn’t think he was better than this ten guys in 2015/2016.
10. Rajon Rondo
I have a small confession, I was blackmailed into putting Rondo in this list by my head editor. Rondo had to go in the list or this post would never see the light of day (Happy now Wana?). Anyway that takes nothing away from how amazing Rondo was for the Sacramento Kings in 2015/2016, his one and only season in Sacramento as he’s moved to the Chicago Bulls now. Rondo averaged 11.9 points, a joint career high of 11.7 assists and 6 rebounds per game last season, even hitting a Sacramento Kings high of 22 assists in one game. He topped the assists table in the NBA last season and the four-time All Star played the most games of any player on the Kings roster at 72.
9. Kemba Walker
The Charlotte Hornets front office must have been delighted with Kemba’s last season. 2015/2016 was his best season as a scorer since he got in the NBA in 2011. Kemba set career-highs in points, rebounds, blocks, shooting percentage, three-point shooting percentage and free-throw percentage in 2015/2016. He averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game, playing in 81 games. He shot 42.7% from the field, 84.7% from the free throw line and 37.1% in threes.
Walker also led the NBA in clutch scoring (last two minutes of the final quarter when the game is within four points) last season. He scored a total of 83 points in such situations, shot 44.7% from the field and was 39/43 (90.7%) from the free-throw line in crunch time.
He led the Hornets to a sixth placed finish in the East and a 48-34 record, their best since the 1999/2000 season.
8. Isaiah Thomas
At 5 feet 9 inches tall, Isaiah Thomas is the shortest player on this list. In 2015/2016, Thomas made his All-Star debut and also became just the fourth player since 2005 to average at least 22 points, six assists and two made three-pointers per game over the course of a full NBA season. He also joined Larry Bird and John Havlicek as the only Celtics in history to record at least 1,600 points and 500 assists in a single season. His playmaking ability led the Celtics to fifth place in the East and a playoff spot. Thomas averaged a career high 22.2 points per game, 6.2 assists and 3 rebounds per game as well. It’s almost easy to forget that he was drafted 60th overall in the 2011 NBA draft, Isaiah has blossomed into an elite point guard.
7. Kyle Lowry
Even though Lowry had a difficult post-season in the playoffs, his 2015/2016 season still puts him in my top 10. Along with Demar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry brought the Toronto Raptors to the Playoffs on the back of a very successful season statistically. He averaged a career-high 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and a team-high 6.4 assists per game. He also shot a career-best 38.8% from three-point range, while ranking fifth in the NBA in made three-pointers.
6. John Wall
John Wall watched his partner in the Washington Wizards back court , Bradley Beal struggle through 2015/2016 with different injuries and had to live up to the pressure of being Washington’s No. 1 option, and he did. Wall averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, shooting 42.4% from the floor and 32.1% from three point range.
Wall made the top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and double-doubles among all point guards in the NBA. Sadly, the three-time All Star doesn’t crack my top five.
5. Damian Lillard
Anybody that watched Dame Lillard’s 2015/2016 season and still doubts that this is a top five point guard needs to stop watching the NBA, go watch the Euro league or the WNBA. The Portland Trailblazers lost 4 of its 5 starters coming into the season and every body marked the team for doom, Lillard found the perfect sidekick in C.J McCollum and together they carried the Blazers to a 44-38 overall record finishing in fifth place in what was a deadly Western Conference.
Lillard had a statement season, averaging 25.1 points, 4 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. He became just the second player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, six assists and three made threes per contest.
4. Kyrie Irving
Against the greatest team the league has seen, the 73-win Golden State Warriors in the 7 games of the 2015/2016 NBA finals, Kyrie Irving hit 27.1 points, 3.9 assists with 40.3% FG shooting on the way to becoming an NBA Champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On his day, Kyrie is nearly unstoppable, with his incredible ball handling and efficient shooting, he’s a defender’s nightmare.
During the regular season, he averaged 19.6 points, 4.7 assists and 3 rebounds per game in 53 games. At just 24, there’s still so much to come from the Australian superstar.
3. Chris Paul
If I wrote a basketball dictionary, there would be a picture of Chris Paul beside the word ‘Point Guard’. The only thing missing from Chris Paul’s career as a professional basketballer is an NBA title. He is still undoubtedly one of the best and most valuable players in the league today. Since entering the league in 2005, the nine-time NBA All-Star has been infiltrating opposing defenses with top notch passing, fast forward to 2016 and he still is keeping opposing coaches sleepless at 31 years old.
For 11 professional seasons, Paul has showed his consistency on the court, averaging no less than 16 points, seven assists and 1.7 steals per game in a season. In 2015/2016, Chris Paul ended the season with 19.5 points, 10 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. There was a time when Chris Paul was hands-down the best point guard in the NBA, but as new players blossom into the freaky superstars that we’ve seen today, third place isn’t so bad.
2. Russell Westbrook
FREAK! Yes, that’s what i say everytime I watch Russ play. I read a post once, someone described Westbrook like this “If a lightning bolt and a volcano could have offspring, that offspring would play basketball like Russell Westbrook” and i agree with every word. Russell Westbrook is a freak. I mean how else will you describe someone that rebounds like a big man, defends like a forward and goes into every game like its a battle for the hidden treasure of Atlantis. What can Russell Westbrook not do on a basketball court?
He finished the regular season averaging 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game, he also had 18 triple doubles. Listen, HE HAD EIGHTEEN TRIPLE DOUBLES! In March alone, Westbrook posted seven triple-doubles to become the first player since Michael Jordan (in April of 1989) to register seven triple-doubles in a single month.
The 6 feet 3 inch man goes into every game looking to snatch the souls of his opponents and break the rim on every dunk. Now that Kevin Durant has moved to the Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook is the main man in Oklahoma City, one can only wonder what Russell would pull in 2016/2017.
- Stephen Curry
Three-time All-Star, reigning back to back MVP (as well as the first unanimous MVP in NBA history), Steph Curry is the best point guard in the NBA to me and highly regarded as the best shooter in league history. Steph Curry is revolutionizing basketball like the Internet revolutionized the world.
Last season, he became the first guard to average at least 30 points while shooting 50 percent or better from the floor since Michael Jordan did it in 1991-92. He finished the season with 30.1 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. He hit a three-pointer in each of the 79 games he played in 2015-16, setting an NBA record by hitting at least one three in 152-straight regular season games. He also destroyed the record he set in 2014/2015 of 286 three pointers made by making a whooping 402 threes in 2015/2016. He’s such a dead-eye shooter, multiple times last season his teammates were seen celebrating before the ball had even left his hands.