No. 1 Oscar Robertson (21) defeats No. 32 Ricky Rubio (1)
Ricky Rubio may be one heck of a passer, but he's not capable of matching up against Oscar Robertson, the true master of the triple-double. The Big O has a complete advantage in the size department, and his dazzling display of dribbling moves ensures that the Spanish Sensation can't stop him.
Of course, it helps that Rubio is awful at creating offense for himself.
No. 2 Magic Johnson (21) defeats No. 31 Jason Williams (0)
We get another lopsided matchup here between a flashy floor general and a big point guard who would have his way with the opponent on both ends of the court.
Unless Jason Williams can elbow-pass the ball into the basket (he can't), he's going to fall victim to a lot of post-ups as Magic Johnson slowly fights his way to a shutout.
No. 3 Isiah Thomas (21) defeats No. 30 Damian Lillard (4)
Perhaps this would be closer once Damian Lillard has had a few more years of NBA experience, but for now, the veteran savvy and defensive excellence of Isiah Thomas makes it a blowout.
Not only is Zeke an elite offensive point guard who needs just one ankle to dominate, but he's also an excellent defender. The same can't be said about the second-year member of the Portland Trail Blazers, who struggled to prevent points throughout his rookie season.
No. 4 Chris Paul (21) defeats No. 29 Jrue Holiday (2)
Jrue Holiday was a first-time All-Star in 2013, but he still fell well shy of the current class at the point guard position.
Chris Paul wins this one going away, as he was essentially made to play one-on-one against other floor generals. Unless he runs into a matchup that takes advantage of his height deficiencies, CP3 can get to any spot he wants and has the shut-down abilities necessary to present his opponent from doing the same.
No. 5 Russell Westbrook (21) defeats No. 28 John Stockton (13)
John Stockton may be a Hall of Famer, but that doesn't help him in this matchup.
The Utah Jazz great doesn't get to pass the ball in a one-on-one game, and he doesn't have nearly enough athleticism to stay with Russell Westbrook, no matter how many dirty elbows he might throw in the process.
No. 6 Derrick Rose (21) defeats No. 27 Dennis Johnson (2)
As much as I love Dennis Johnson, he was never really a No. 1 option like Derrick Rose. And while Johnson was a great defender, it's different when he has to go mano-a-mano against one of the most explosive point guards of all time.
D-Rose, especially with two fully functioning ACLs, would inevitably spend a lot of time throwing down massive slam dunks, as he just brutalizes his older counterpart.
No. 7 Gary Payton (21) defeats No. 26 Bob Cousy (6)
Gary Payton's game was made for one-on-one battles. Bob Cousy's was not.
While The Glove was a sensational defender and a surprisingly adept scorer when he set his mind to it, Cooz's moniker was "The Houdini of the Hardwood." That was because of his creative, ahead-of-his time passing skills, which won't help him in this lopsided matchup.
No. 8 Tony Parker (21) defeats No. 25 Steve Nash (18)
In the second-closest point guard matchup of the first round, Tony Parker narrowly edges out Steve Nash.
In his prime, Nash wasn't just the best distributor in the league. He could also light up the scoreboard with an array of jumpers, runners and floaters, all of which Parker now has at his disposal. But it's defense that gets the job done here.
At the end of the game, Parker can get stops. Nash can't.
No. 9 Pete Maravich (21) defeats No. 24 Nate Robinson (5)
For all of Nate Robinson's explosive feats of athleticism and signature jumpers that involve him rising far higher than humanly possible before releasing the rock, he still can't hang with "Pistol" Pete Maravich's creativity.
At the end of this game, I fully expect Nate's head to be spinning. He won't understand the types of moves that Maravich is using against him.
No. 10 Jason Kidd (21) defeats No. 23 Brandon Jennings (11)
Let's not forget just how good Jason Kidd was in his prime, long before he took on lesser roles toward the end of his playing career.
He was a living, breathing triple-double who could lock down even the best perimeter scorers in the Association. Remember, this is a nine-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team.
No. 22 Stephen Curry (21) upsets No. 11 Tim Hardaway (11)
There are few moves that can trump Tim Hardaway's infamous "UTEP two-step."
Stephen Curry's shooting stroke, however, is one of them, as he provides us with the first upset of the tournament in rather definitive fashion. The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter doesn't always rely on other players, but rather creates his own looks from downtown with remarkable frequency.
Curry also becomes the lowest seed to advance to the next round, regardless of position.
No. 12 Kyrie Irving (21) defeats No. 21 Rajon Rondo (8)
Talk about a stark contrast in playing styles.
Kyrie Irving's handles and scoring talents are virtually unmatched at point guard, while Rajon Rondo is a passing and defensive specialist. In one-on-one, it's usually better to be able to score, which Rondo struggles with on occasion.
I'd expect this to be closer than 21-8. While I currently have Rondo ahead of Irving in my player rankings, it's the young gun who still gets the victory in my book.
No. 13 Tiny Archibald (21) defeats No. 20 Fat Lever (3)
Fat Lever's name and proclivity for acrobatic plays in the air won't help him out too much here.
Tiny Archibald still possesses too much scoring talent, and his remarkable quickness ultimately makes him too tough to stay in front of on the court.
No. 19 Stephon Marbury (21) upsets No. 14 Kevin Johnson (19)
This was the closest matchup between any two point guards in the first round, and for good reason.
Kevin Johnson—in my opinion—is one of the most underrated players of all time, but he still can't match the offensive firepower that Stephon Marbury brought in his prime. Before the final years of his career tainted the perception of Starbury, he was a completely dominant scorer who could hit from any area of the court.
No. 15 Deron Williams (21) defeats No. 18 John Wall (16)
This match would be over almost immediately after it started. There just wouldn't be much defense played.
John Wall's blazing speed and ability to get to the rim help him out, but he's ultimately worn down by Deron Williams' excessive size, brutalizing crossover and ability to score out of the post. Still, this would be one heck of an intriguing first-round matchup.
No. 16 Earl Monroe (21) defeats No. 17 Walt Frazier (17)
New York Knicks fans, I apologize. I didn't mean to make you salivate so much that you ruin your keyboard.
I have to admit that this result surprises me and that my vote was easily in favor of Walt Frazier, but it's Earl "The Pearl" Monroe who advances to the next round. For all the style Clyde had off the court, he just has a little too much trouble stopping the on-court flair of his slightly smaller counterpart.