For the first time in this series we have a three way tie for 10th on the all-time list for point guards. I had a tough time even deciding that these are the three players that tie for 10th on this list.
It could have gone a few different ways if you look at the scenario in which we are ranking these point guards.
Nate “Tiny” Archibald was a good NBA point guard throughout his career. “Tiny” is the only player in NBA history to have won scoring and assist titles in the same season.
He was a quick guard with the ability to change direction better than anyone during the time he was playing. His playmaking and triple threat ability made him a difficult cover and helped him to obtain all of his achievements.
Stats: 18.8 ppg, 7.4 apg
Awards: NBA champion, 3x All-NBA First Team, 2× All-NBA Second Team, 6× NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,
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Billups was also a tough decision because he was always a winner and has reached seven consecutive conference finals. He was Finals MVP and the leader of a good Detroit Piston basketball team for years. Initially I had him just missing the cut and Kevin Johnson just making the cut.
Ultimately I had to side with Billups because they share similar stat lines but Billups is more of a winner. He is known for his shot-making ability especially late in games, which is what you want in your leader.
George Karl said recently that Billups is the best leader he has ever coached and those characteristics were shown when he help revitalized the Denver Nuggets team in just one season.
Stats 15.1ppg, 5.6apg, 88.9% FT’s
Awards: 2004 NBA Champion, 2004 NBA Finals MVP, 2x NBA All-Defense Second Team, All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 4x NBA All-Star
Tony Parker is the type of player that every GM and team president wants in their organization. He is a natural born winner helping the Spurs win three championships in his first six years in the league. He was the motor of that boat and as he went, they went.
The Spurs built a dynasty in the early part of this decade and Parker was one of the focal points. His numbers don’t necessarily jump out at you but if you ask anybody that has played against him over his career they will tell you that he has been one of the best over that period of time.
What solidified his name on this list were not the three championships but the Finals MVP in 2007 when the Spurs swept LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Add that to the fact the TP has one of the most beautiful wives in the world and you have the recipe for one successful NBA superstar.
Stats: 16.7ppg, 5.6apg
Awards: NBA All-Rookie First Team, All-NBA Third Team, 3x NBA All-Star, NBA Finals MVP, 3x NBA Champion, Euroscar European Player of the Year