You might not realize it watching games on a nightly basis, but without Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose, the Eastern Conference point guard picture is pretty bleak. There is definitely some talent there, with superstars like Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams as well as a crop of young up-and-comers like Michael Carter-Williams and Kemba Walker, but the star power is simply not what it once was.
In a way though, that actually makes the rankings even more compelling. Instead of having a clear-cut number one and number two, we have a much more interesting group of lead guards, and one with a few names that may end up surprising you. They certainly surprised me.
For the purposes of this list, players like Victor Oladipo and Avery Bradley who split time between point guard and 2-guard were omitted. This is a countdown purely of players who log time almost exclusively manning the point, not combo guards who occasionally handle the rock. Apologies, Rodney Stuckey.
I urge you to read on, but please mentally prepare yourself for a list of top ten point guards that includes Jordan Crawford, because that is simply what life is like at the 1 in the NBA's ugly stepsister conference.
All stats accurate as of before Friday night's games.