Chris Paul has been sitting atop the point guard rankings for quite some time, but has he maintained his grip on that No. 1 spot throughout the 2013-14 season? Or has a challenger like Stephen Curry or John Wall managed to take over the throne?
The NBA is a point guard-driven league, and for good reason. There's a lot of talent at the position, and it's comprised of both up-and-coming studs and established veterans. "Pure" point guards, score-first guards and defensive aces abound at the spot in the lineup that features the greatest depth of quality play.
Just think about the players who didn't make the All-Star team this year—Kyle Lowry, Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe, Mike Conley, Ty Lawson, Deron Williams and so many more. Already an impressive bunch, huh?
The NBA 200 metric identifies the players who performed best during the 2013-14 season. Potential doesn't matter, and neither does reputation. It's all about what happened this season, and this season only. All positions are graded using the same criteria (though rim protection was added into the equation for bigger positions), but the categories are weighted differently to reflect changing roles, with max scores in parentheses:
- Scoring (20)
- Non-Scoring Offense: Facilitating (20) and Off-Ball Offense (5)
- Defense: On-Ball (20) and Off-Ball (20)
- Rebounding (5)
- Intangibles: Conduct (5) and Durability (5)
For a full explanation of how these scores were determined, go here. And do note these aren't your father's classification schemes for each position. Players' spots were determined by how much time they spent at each position throughout the season, largely based on data from 82games.com, and we're expanding the traditional five to include four combo positions.
In the case of ties, the order is determined in subjective fashion by ranking the more coveted player in the higher spot. That was done by a voting committee comprised of myself, NBA Lead Writer D.J. Foster, National NBA Featured Columnist Grant Hughes, NBA Lead Writer Josh Martin and Associate NBA Editor Ethan Norof.