Beyond Assists: Which Point Guard Has Emerged as NBA's Passing Maestro?

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Beyond Assists: Which Point Guard Has Emerged as NBA's Passing Maestro?
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

There hasn't been a single metric that truly encapsulates all aspects of passing for an NBA player. 

Until now. 

Assists are great, but they're also entirely dependent on whether the player who received a pass makes the ensuing shot. Assist percentage can capably show you a player's involvement when he's on the floor, but there's still so much missing context. 

And what about turnovers? Looking solely at turnovers doesn't allow you to differentiate between passing turnovers, dribbling turnovers, offensive fouls and everything else that can lead to a change of possession. 

These are pieces of the puzzle, but none of them can singlehandedly show you the whole picture. 

It's time for a new metric. Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta and I have worked to come up with a brand spanking new one called passer rating. 

In a separate piece (available Friday, Sep. 5), Kelly will expand on the primary takeaways of this new metric—the outliers, the non-point guards, the shortcomings (and there certainly are some), etc. But for now, let's allow these rankings of floor generals to serve as the introduction. Remember, though, that these aren't rankings of the guards' overall playmerely their effectiveness as passers during the 2013-14 season. 

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