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The Top 10 Point Guards in the NBA


After releasing my list of NBA player tiers I figured I'd go through every position. The top 5 for this list are super easy for me, although the order is not, after that it gets much more difficult... 

1. Steph Curry

Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. He's the key to the entire Warriors offense. Whle he may be terrible on defense one-on-one, his ability to get in passing lanes normally makes up for it. He's great at tracking down and grabbing long rebounds. And is a top 10 playmaker in the league to add to all of that. Steph Curry to me is the third best PG of all time behind Magic and Stockton and is without question the number 1 PG in the league. 

2. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is up there with young Lebron as one of the most purely athletic people ever. Of all time. That, combined with his greatly improved and now top-level defense is enough to put him at least top 7. His scoring output, although sometimes inefficient is great and so is his playmaking. If not for his 3-point shot, ball-dominance, and occasional inconsistency he would easily jump up to number 1 on this least. 

3. Chris Paul

Chris Paul remains one of the best playmakers in the league while boasting super physical defense. His shot has improved too which is great for his game. Although often injured, he tends to recover well and has rarely seen much of a dropoff from said injuries. He may start to slow down however as he starts to age more. 

4. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard has no defense. But he's one of the best shooters in the league, a great playmaker and overall just great on offense. Plus he's healthy, that's what gives him the edge over Kyrie. Otherwise, he'd be 5th. 

5. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie is right up there with James Harden as the best one-on-one player in the league right now, perhaps of all time. His playmaking is lacking but his defense greatly improved last year. He could very easily jump all the way up to two on this list next year, but he has to get healthy and work on his playmaking first. 

6. Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday is a PG. I don't know where this myth that he's a shooting guard came from, but it is simply false. He is easily the best defensive point guard. A good shooter and aggressive when driving. Jrue Holiday's assists numbers don't support how good of a playmaker he truly is. Easily the best screener at the PG position, and very willing to move the ball even if he doesn't get assists. Jrue team elevating mentality is what lifts him above John Wall for me. 

7. John Wall

John Wall still can't really shoot although he does have a good scoring output. His assists numbers are good but everything feels forced and he always seems to kill the flow of the offense in the name of stats. If John Wall were to improve his mentality and allow himself to give up some control he could easily jump up on this list. But for now, he is holding himself back. 

8. Ben Simmons

As far as pure playmaking goes, Ben Simmmons might already be the best in the league. His defense is phenomenal as well although he does occasionally have lapses, and can't guard DWade for some reason. Ben Simmons could easily jump in to the top 5 next year if he develops at least a good mid range shot and has the potential to go down as an all-time great. 

9. Kyle Lowry

If this list was soley based on the playoffs Lowry wouldnt even be top 15. But luckily for him it is not. While he doesn't score very much he is a major key to his teams offense and maintaining a flowing system. For his size he's a great reboundr and is a plus defender on other PGs. Consistency and playoff peformance hold him back from being elite. 

10. Mike Conley

Although injured this year, Mike Conley is one of the best defensive guards in the league. He is a very solid playmaker as well as a good shooter and increibly consistent. He could very easily fall out of this list with the rise of Jamaal Murray and Dejounte Murray, but for now I'd still say he's top 10. 


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