2010 NBA Playoffs: 5 Teams, 5 Point Guards, 5 Game Changers

Dan CallagyContributor IMay 11, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 09:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 9, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If you look at every team left in the 2010 NBA playoffs, they all have one thing in common, they each have a standout point guard.

The Los Angeles Lakers have Derek Fisher. Fisher's been with the Lakers through thick and thin. He played with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal as the Lakers steamrolled their way to three straight NBA championships, then got his fourth ring in 2009 as the Lakers handled the Orlando Magic in five games.

The Phoenix Suns have one of the best guards in the game, Steve Nash. He is having his best statistical year with the Suns this year, even better than his two MVP seasons. Over the past six years, he has averaged over ten assists a game in five of them, and above fifteen points per game in all six. 

The Orlando Magic have a great young point guard running their offense, Jameer Nelson. In his sixth year in the league, he has obviously benefited from having the best center in the league to pass to in Dwight Howard. Averaging ten or more points in five out of six seasons, he can score, is an above average passer, and is a great locker room presence.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the best starting fives in the league. With Mo Williams running an offense, he has no problem finding an open man to pass to. With the best player in the game today, LeBron James, and Antawn Jamison in an offense that already included Shaq and Delonte West, Mo has a great cast to pass to.

How could I forget, my team, the Boston Celtics. Obviously it's going to sound like I am favoring the Celtics and Rajon Rondo. His latest game speaks for itself, as he put up 29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists.

He is averaging a triple double against the Cleveland Cavs, while being aware of LeBron James bearing down on him on every possession. The play of the game in game four was all Rondo. After stealing the ball from Mo Williams, Rondo stormed down the court, with who else right behind him but LBJ going for one of his patented chase down blocks.

As Rondo went up for the lay-up, he quickly passed the ball behind his back to a wide Tony Allen, which sent the Garden crowd into a frenzy. If it wasn't LeBron, it still would've been a great play, but it was LeBron, and Rondo was one step ahead of him.