NBA's 5 Best Point Guards
This is a list of the five best point guards in the NBA entering the 2009-2010 season along with some honorable mentions.
I hope you enjoy it and I would like you to comment on who's too high or too low on the list in your opinion. I will also be writing a list of the best five players in the NBA at each position in the next week.
5. Rajon Rondo
Rondo is one of the best all around point guards in the league as he is very good both offensively and defensively. Last season, he averaged 12 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game while shooting 50.5% from the field and averaging only 2.6 turnovers.
He also improved his game during the postseason as he averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game without KG in the lineup. He is already very good and will only get better when he improves his outside shot and free throw %.
4. Chauncey Billups
Billups is simply a winner and an amazing leader. He has led his teams to seven consecutive conference Finals appearances and his arrival in Denver helped Carmelo mature into a more all around player at both ends of the floor and the team overall to become a very good defensive team even though the team was the same minus Marcus Camby, who won the DPOY Award a couple of years ago.
He also averaged 18 points, 6.4 assists and 3 rebounds this season while also being an above average defensive player.
Finally, he is one of the most clutch players in the league and one of the best natural leaders in the league as helped in the development of several young Nuggets.
3 - Tony Parker
Parker has turned himself from an average inconsistent player into one of the best guards in the league over the last couple of seasons.
Last season, he averaged a career high 22 points and 7 assists along with 3 rebounds while shooting an excellent 50.6% from the field and 78.2% from the free throw line.
He also averaged an amazing 28.6 points, 6.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds in the playoffs while shooting 54.6% from the field.
Overall, he has already won three rings and a Finals MVP award, yet he is just entering his prime as he is only 27 years old.
2. Chris Paul
I am in the minority that believes that Chris Paul is the second best point guard in the league. Last season, he averaged an amazing 23 points, 11 assists and 5.5 rebounds while also averaging 2.8 steals and shooting over 50% from the field.
However, I believe that he is an average defender as he gambles way too much even though he was selected on the All-Defensive First team this season and that he needs to run a more complex offense, instead of just a simply pick n roll, as that isn't a good enough offense for the Hornets to be legit championship contenders.
1. Deron Williams
Deron Williams is the best point guard in the league. He is an excellent scorer who could score 30 whenever his team needs him to, the best passer in the league, a good defensive player and he is extremely clutch. Last season, he averaged 19.4 points, 10.7 assists and 3 rebounds per game while shooting 47% from the field, 31% from the 3 point line and 85% from the free throw line.
However, his %'s were lower than usual due to him playing with an injured ankle for the first month of the season as he usually shoots over 50% from the field and around 40% from the 3 point line.
Deron also owns Chris Paul head to head as his Jazz are 11-2 vs. the Hornets since they were both drafted.
Also, Paul gets better stats because the Hornets have a more up tempo offense than the Jazz, who have an extremely structured offense with Coach Sloan calling most of the plays. This gives Deron less chances of scoring and getting assists.
Finally, I believe Deron is better defensively as he could guard both small and big guards well and he is more clutch as he has led his team to the West Finals while Paul couldn't win a game 7 at home in the second round last season.
Overall, I think Deron is better than Paul defensively, he owns Paul when they play head to head both in terms of winning and in terms of their play, he is more durable in the long term because of his big size and strength and he is more clutch than Paul is.