Ranking the NBA's Top 5 Point Guards of 2013-14 Season
The buzz is growing once again, as the 2013-14 NBA season is just roughly two months away. So what better way to pass off time until tipoff than to make some preseason predictions? This list will cover the prospective top five point guards of the coming season.
The incredible depth of the point position made it a challenge to pick just five guys, but the great must be separated from the elite. A few players that just missed out are Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Rajon Rondo. Where will the returning Derrick Rose rank? Let's jump right into the five best point guards of the 2013-14 NBA season and find out.
5. Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets)
2012-13 Reg. Season Stats: 18.9 PPG, 7.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG
Williams has been so inconsistent the last two seasons that the days of the D-Will/CP3 debates seem so long ago. Williams is, however, poised for a big season in 2013-14. Here’s why: His ankle should be healthier, and I assume he'll drop some weight. He also has one of the greatest point guards of all time guiding him now. Head coach Jason Kidd plans to push Williams and wants him to get back to averaging double-digit assists.
So with some solid new additions to work with, health and added motivation, expect to see Williams back in the thick of the point guard discussions. The pressure is on, so he really has no choice but to excel this season.
4. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
2011-12 Reg. Season Stats: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG, 0.9 SPG
“The Return” is near—at last. Rose’s extended layoff made this a tough one, but when healthy, he’s easily one of the top point guards in the league. And he’s had plenty of time to get healthy. A lot. He falls out of the top three spots to due some expected rust he’ll experience in his comeback season. By season's end, Rose might be coming for that No. 1 spot.
3. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
2012-13 Reg. Season Stats: 23.2 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.2 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Westbrook is highly underrated. A knock on him is that he's not a traditional point guard and that his play hinders Kevin Durant. The Thunder’s performance in the playoffs without Westbrook should've put all that talk to rest.
Oklahoma City desperately missed Westbrook’s fierce competitiveness and scoring. With his insane athleticism, Westbrook is a one-man fast break. His seven assists per game last season wasn't too shabby either. Look for Westbrook to come back in 2013-14 and fill that huge void he left when he went down in the playoffs last spring.
2. Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
2012-13 Reg. Season Stats: 20.3 PPG, 7.6 APG, 3.0 RPG, 0.8 SPG
After taking the No. 2 spot and garnering increasing praise from the basketball world last season, is it safe to say that Parker is no longer underrated? We knew he could score, but Parker's improved passing really caught people's attention. The Frenchman is the best player and main option on the San Antonio Spurs, and barring some stretches in the 2013 NBA Finals, he's done quite well in the role.
1. Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
2012-13 Reg. Season Stats: 16.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 3.7 RPG, 2.4 SPG
This may be the only pick without much debate, so it should not come as a surprise to see Chris Paul take the No. 1 spot. In a game where the hybrid guard is becoming a norm, CP3 dominates the point position in a traditional manner. The best PG is also the purest.
For the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul knows exactly when to get his teammates involved and when to take over offensively—a trait no other player on the list displays as consistently. Like fellow little men Allen Iverson and Isiah Thomas, he plays tough and with a big chip on his shoulder.