NBA 2010-11: Top Five Point Guards We're Looking to in the New Season
The hangover from this summer's offseason decisions and festivities is long gone and I'm anxious to see how things will play out.
The first game is scheduled to air on TNT on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. where Miami will make its debut at Boston's TD Garden, the Houston Rockets and L.A Lakers will follow at 10:30 p.m.
With new additions of forwards and centers from 2010 Free Agency market, I'd say every team is gunning for a spot in the NBA playoffs this season.
That leaves the point guards and shooting guards (the playmakers) tightening up their speed and endurance ready for action.
As a preview for the upcoming season, let's take a look at the PGs who are expecting to make headlines this year.
2009-10 Career Stats:
Points Per Game: 13.7
When have we kept our eyes off Rondo?
The 2008-09 playoffs made him a breakthrough star.
Honestly, without him the Celtics couldn't have faced the Lakers. He can make plays, handle the ball, and twist and turn his body up and under most of the centers.
In 2008-09 season, he recorded his first career triple-double along with a career-high in assists (16 points, 13 rebounds and 17 assists), against the Indiana Pacers.
With his consistent speed and stamina, Rondo didn't reach a career-high and record until this years' playoff season dishing out 19 assists in Game 2 against the Cavaliers.
Since, the foursome (Garnett, Pierce, Allen and Rondo) remains with the addition of O'Neal, the Celtics have more than enough talent on their roster.
Because he has earned his title as the New Leader/Era after Jason Kidd, we'll expect Rondo to call big shots and put up numbers each game.
Question: Can he win another championship, already?
Points Per Game: 18.7
It's sad because fans would love Chris Paul to play further in the season, but because the unfortunate situations the Hornets had to endure, I don't see them making it to the playoffs either. Other than that, Paul is a breath of fresh air.
His 2005-2006 Rookie season was phenomenal, earning him the Rookie of the Year Award.
Since he joined New Orleans in 2007-2008, he's slowed down because of a left ankle sprain that resulted him to miss eight games as the Hornets went 4-4.
But don't expect to see any signs of Paul slowing down. This may be his last season in New Orleans, so I'd be watching his every move.
Points Per Game: 20.8
I don't know what it is about this guy's style of play, but I like it.
Though, his second season started on a bad note when he injured his ankle in the first game.
Rose missed most of the preseason, but after his injury showed progress he would go on to play his first career All-Star game in February.
He has to start off strong this season if he wants to continue playing into playoffs. With the addition of Carlos Boozer and wingman Joakim Noah, there 's no reason for slacking or ball-hogging.
Rose has only been in the league for two years and has a bright future ahead of him.
Question: Will the Bulls make an appearance at the Eastern Conference Finals? We'll just have to see.
Points Per Game: 16.5
Nash is only the second point guard (along with Magic Johnson) to win the MVP award multiple times and the third guard in NBA history to earn back-to-back MVPs (joining Johnson and Michael Jordan).
He led the league in assists for four years and won the 2005 and 2010 All-Star Skills Contest. With 14 years of experience under his belt, it saddens me to know that he's never won a championship.
He's a notable player for his play-making, ball-handling and shooting skills. By no means is he washed up, but Nash is getting old.
Question for this season: How far do you think Nash will take Phoenix without the help of Stoudemire?
2009-10 Career Stats:
Points Per Game: 18.7
In the 2008-09 season, Williams missed 13 of the first 15 games of the season due to an ankle sprain.
Since then, he's been trying to take Utah further into the playoffs. In the 2009-10 season, Williams made his All-Star debut at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Many notable basketball analysts like Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley have proclaimed him to be the best in the league.
This playoff season, Williams made headlines by hitting a record to score 20 points and 10 assists in five straight games.
Question: If any, which players are Utah looking to acquire in 2011 Free Agency market?