The Top 10 NBA Point Guards Of All-Time.
To many, Iverson has been the greatest little guy and arguably the most courageous beast on the court. Though he might not appear as a typical point guard in some of you people's minds, I treated him just like a PG who can score like a SG anytime he wants.
We're in an era of great point-guard play (see Steve Nash's second straight MVP trophy and Chris Paul's ROY award), with Nash, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Sam Cassell and Gary Payton providing their leadership in the second round of the playoffs.
So it's time to stack up the best point guards of all time. (According to ESPN.com's Special Dime)
Honarable Mentions - The Next 6.
Jerry West (Los Angeles Lakers 1960-1974)
14-time All-Star, NBA Finals MVP (1969), Hall Of Fame.
25.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 6.7 APG.
Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta Hawks 1960-1968, Seattle Supersonics 1968-1972, Cleveland Cavaliers 1972-1974, Portland Trail Blazers 1974-1975)
9-time All-Star, Hall Of Fame.
16.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.7 APG.
Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls 1987-1998 2003-2004, Houston Rockets 1998-1999, Portland Trail Blazers 1999-2003)
16.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.2 APG.
Maurice Cheeks (Philadelphia 76ers 1978-1989, San Antonio Spurs 1989-1990, New York Knicks 1990-1991, Atlanta Hawks 1991-1992, New Jersey Nets 1992-1993)
11.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.7 APG.
Chauncey Billups (Boston Celtics 1997-1998, Toronto Raptors 1998, Denver Nuggets 1999-2000 2008-present, Orlando Magic 2000, Minnesota Timberwolves 2000-2002, Detroit Pistons 2002-2008)
4-time All-Star, NBA Finals MVP (2004).
15.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 5.6 APG.
Dave Bing (Detroit Pistons 1966-1975, Washington Bullets 1975-1977, Boston Celtics 1977-1978)
7-time All-Star, NBA Rookie Of The Year (1967)
20.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.0 APG.
#10 - Gary Payton.
Teams: Seattle SuperSonics (1990-2003), Milwaukee Bucks (2003), Los Angeles Lakers (2003-04), Boston Celtics (2004-05), Miami Heat (2005-2007)
Titles: 1 (2006)
Honors: Nine-time All-Star, 1996 Defensive POY
The player: More swagger than a gunslinger.
As a lockdown defender nicknamed "The Glove," he's one of the few point guards in Frazier's class defensively.
Great scorer who could run a team and, when necessary, put the club on his back. Break down his career and you'll conclude he's been underrated.
Career Stats: 16.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.7 APG, 0.2 BPG, 1.8 SPG.
#9 - Steve Nash.
Teams: Phoenix Suns (1996-98, 2004-present), Dallas Mavericks (1998-2004)
Honors: Six-time All-Star, two-time MVP (2005, 2006)
The player: His performance over the last two years in Phoenix has put him in this elite category. He's the only point guard other than Magic to win back-to-back MVPs.
Takes the "makes players around him better" tag to a whole new level. Has the ability to make entire teams adjust to his style of play.
Career Stats: 14.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 8.0 APG, 0.0 BPG, 0.8 SPG.
#8 - Nate 'Tiny' Archibald.
Teams: Cincinnati Royals (1970-72), Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1972-75), Kansas City Kings (1975-76), New York Nets (1976-77), Boston Celtics (1978-83), Milwaukee Bucks (1983-84)
Titles: 1 (1981)
Honors: Six-time All-Star, Hall of Fame
The player: A candidate for title of most dominant "little guy" ever.
As the first point guard to make scoring his emphasis, Tiny was the only player ever to lead the league in scoring and assists in the same season (34 and 11.4, 1972-73).
Awesome individual talent who had a lot of A.I. in him early in his career. Invented penetration.
Career Stats: 18.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 7.4 APG, 0.1 BPG, 1.1 SPG.
#7 - Jason Kidd.
Teams: Dallas Mavericks (1994-97, '08-present), Phoenix Suns (1997-2001), New Jersey Nets (2001-08)
Honors: Nine-time All-Star, 1995 Co-ROY
The player: A brilliant passer -- his 9.2 assists per game average trail only Magic, Stockton and Oscar.
He's a terrific leader and intelligent competitor. Can beat an opponent in so many ways without scoring a point. J-Kidd is able to do precisely the right thing at the right time at the right place.
Career Stats: 13.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 9.2 APG, 0.3 BPG, 2.0 SPG.
#6 - Walt Frazier.
Teams: New York Knicks (1967-77), Cleveland Cavaliers (1977-79)
Titles: 2 (1970, 1973)
Honors: 7-time All-Star, Hall of Fame
The player: Perhaps the best defensive point guard of all time. He was also a great scorer, rebounder, assist man and floor general. A true team player, but when he needed to take over he did.
In Game 7 of the 1970 Finals against Wilt, West and the Lakers, he notched 36 points, 19 assists and 5 steals to make up for a hobbled Willis Reed.
No one did it better with more style and grace on the world's greatest stage.
Career Stats: 18.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.1 APG, 0.1 BPG, 1.9 SPG.
#5 - Bob Cousy.
Teams: Boston Celtics (1950-63), Cincinnati Royals (1969-70)
Titles: 6 (1957, 1959-63)
Honors: 13-time All-Star, 1957 MVP, Hall of Fame
The player: Cousy was ahead of his time with his ballhandling and passing skills.
He won more championships than any other point guard and was one of only four point guards to win MVP. The guy who made it all click for the NBA's greatest dynasty ever.
Career Stats: 18.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, - BPG, - SPG.
#4 - John Stockton.
Team: Utah Jazz (1984-2003)
Honors: 10-time All-Star
The player: His durability, toughness, leadership, poise, efficiency, vision and longevity were phenomenal.
Stockton might be the most deceptive point guard ever.
All-time leader in assists and steals, with a .515 shooting percentage. Very efficient.
Sustained excellence overcomes the absence of rings. The Stockton-Malone pick-and-roll will be the measuring stick for years to come.
Career Stats: 13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 10.5 APG, 0.2 BPG, 2.2 SPG.
#3 - Isiah Thomas.
Team: Detroit Pistons (1981-94)
Titles: 2 (1989, 1990)
Honors: 12-time All-Star, 1990 Finals MVP, Hall of Fame
The player: He was the smallest and baddest of the Bad Boys. He was an absolute killer on the court with as much heart, will and toughness as playing ability.
Isiah willed his team to a championship level. He was at his best when it counted -- in the playoffs. Against New York in the 1984 playoffs he scored 16 points in the last 94 seconds of regulation to send Game 5 into overtime.
Career Stats: 19.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 9.3 APG, 0.2 BPG, 1.9 SPG.
#2 - Oscar Robertson.
Teams: Cincinnati Royals (1961-70), Milwaukee Bucks (1970-74)
Titles: 1 (1971)
Honors: 12-time All-Star, 1961 ROY, 1964 MVP, Hall of Fame
The player: The gold standard, two decades ahead of his time.
Oscar was one of the smartest players ever. There has never been a better post-up guard.
We hear about "The Big O" averaging a triple-double for one season (1961-62), but he actually averaged a triple-double over the first five seasons of his career (1960-65) when the games are strung together. In those 384 games, he averaged an astounding 30.3 points, 10.6 assists and 10.4 rebounds.
Career Stats: 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, 0.0 BPG, 1.1 SPG.
#1 - Earvin 'Magic' Johnson.
Team: Los Angeles Lakers (1979-91, 1996)
Titles: 5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Honors: 12-time All-Star, three-time MVP (1987, 1989, 1990), three-time Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987), Hall of Fame
The player: The prototype big point guard. The only player in NBA history who could dominate -- not just play -- all five positions.
Magic was the best ever in transition. He led the break and shoved the ball down your throat or backed you down and carved you up with a pass or drive.
He was unselfish -- but not to a fault (he'd take over and score when necessary) -- and he made passing cool. Given his age (a rookie at age 20), the stakes (NBA Finals), the opponent (Dr. J and the 76ers) and the fact that he moved to center to replace injured legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic's 42-point, 15-rebound, 7-assist, 3-steal effort in the title-clinching Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals was probably the best individual performance of all time.
It could be argued that he's the one player in NBA history who was better than Michael Jordan.
Career Stats: 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG, 0.4 BPG, 1.9 SPG.