Comparing Ricky Rubio and Kyrie Irving to Current Stars and NBA Legends

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Comparing Ricky Rubio and Kyrie Irving to Current Stars and NBA Legends
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Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio are two fantastic rookie point guards who are leading their teams in a new direction. Both players look like future stars, but they are two different types of point guards. 

The two point guards represent two schools of players at the position. There is the facilitator who looks primarily to set up his teammates and is often referred to as a "purer point guard."

Then there is the type of player who is another one of those players who sets up his own shot. He looks to both score and pass. This is what is referred to as a "scoring point guard." 

Ricky Rubio is more of a "pure point guard" and Irving is more of a "scoring point guard." 

Neither is the "right" way to play the position. There are players who have won NBA championships as both types. There are those who hold up the "pure point guard" as being the way the position is supposed to be played, hence the use of the word "pure." 

Players like Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas, who led the league in scoring while leading their teams to championships, would suggest otherwise. 

On the other hand, in 1987 Johnson became the only player since the merger to lead his team in assists and win the championship in the same year. 

Here are some players, past and present, whom Irving and Rubio resemble, at least in aspects of their game. 

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