The point guard position is so deep in today’s NBA. It was hard coming up with a top 5 list. Many of the guys on this list are still young and will be exciting players for many years. It’s so much talent I had to have four honorable mentions.
Kyrie Irving – 20.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.1 apg
Kyle Lowry – 17.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.4 apg, 38% from 3
Goran Dragic – 20.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.9 apg, 50% from the field, 40% from 3
Damian Lillard – 20.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.6 apg, 39% from 3
Kyrie’s teams have been terrible in Cleveland but he did make the All-Star game and he won MVP of that game. He’s a talented kid who will continue to get better. He can hang with the best of them.
Kyle Lowry was one of the best guards in the East last season. He led the Raptors to the playoffs and he got paid this off-season.
If you didn’t get a chance to see Goran Dragic play you missed out on a special talent. He led the surprising Phoenix Suns to 48 wins. He averaged a career high in scoring while shooting 50% from the field and 40% from 3.
We are all Damian Lillard fans. He is never afraid of taking the big shots and he knocks them down. I expect him to play even better this season after his first taste of the playoffs. He takes seven 3s a game and still shoots 39%.
5. John Wall – 19.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 8.8 apg
To me he is the best point guard in the East. He has stepped up as a leader and finally led the Wizards to the playoffs. He is a willing defender at the point guard position. He still needs to work on his jumper to be a bigger threat on the offensive end.
4. Stephen Curry – 24.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 8.5 apg, 42% from 3
He’s a career 44% 3 point shooter. He takes almost eight 3s a game. He’s lights out from downtown and a really good playmaker, finishing just outside of the top 5 in apg. Had a career high 28 double-doubles and was tied for 2nd in the league with 4 triple-doubles.
3. Russell Westbrook – 21.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.9 apg (46 games Regular Season)
He missed a lot of time this past season with multiple injuries. He kept coming back and he was a force for the Thunder in the playoffs. In 19 playoff games he averaged 26.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 8.1 apg. He is the most explosive guard in the league and can change the momentum in a game quickly. He could be the best point guard in the league but he has moments when he tries to do too much and it hurts his team.
2. Tony Parker – 16.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.7 apg, 49% FG
He doesn’t have the flashy numbers but we all know Tony Parker can play. The only top tier guard that plays under 30 minutes per game. He has the highest FG% among point guards and still manages to hit 37% from 3. He’s the oldest guy on this list but still gets the job done. He competes hard, plays smart and is always overlooked.
1. Chris Paul – 19.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 10.7 apg
He’s still the best pure point guard in the league to me. He had 39 double-doubles, placing him just outside the top 10 but 1st among guards. The only player to average double digit assists this year. Masterful with the ball in his hands. Less turnovers than everyone on this top 5 list. He’s a tough competitor who really gets after it on the defensive end. Led the league in steals for the 4th straight season.