2013-14 NBA Point Guard Rankings: Mid-Summer Edition

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2013-14 NBA Point Guard Rankings: Mid-Summer Edition
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The Derrick Rose-Chris Paul rivalry will resume in 2013-2014.

While the NBA's crop of small forwards may give them a run for their money, point guards currently rule the league and will continue to do so in 2013-14.

To illustrate this point, only one point guard (Allen Iverson in 1996) was picked No. 1 in the NBA draft between 1980 and 2007. And he even switched to shooting guard later in his career.

However, in the last six drafts since 2008, three point guards have been selected with the No. 1 pick (Derrick Rose, John Wall and Kyrie Irving).

This shift in teams' drafting strategies reflects a changing of the guard (or changing "to" the guard, I guess I should say) in the hierarchy of NBA positions. Skilled big men are scarce, but the league has dynamic point guards in spades.

Most NBA offenses are based around their point guard's abilities in scoring and passing the ball, while very few teams have a capable back-to-the-basket center that can consistently score against a single defender.

So who are the best of the best of these floor generals? Let's look forward to which point guards will rise above their peers in 2013-14.

Point guards will be ranked according to their predicted performance and statistics in the upcoming season, not past accomplishments. All 2012-13 stats are according to Basketball Reference.

Honorable mentions: Jrue Holiday, Mike Conley, Ty Lawson, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Jennings and Jeff Teague.

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