Running The Point: Ranking The Top 5 Point Guards Of The New NBA Season

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Running The Point: Ranking The Top 5 Point Guards Of The New NBA Season
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The Point Guard position is one of the most important positions in basketball.  A team's point guard is the quarterback, the field general, the strategist, and the one who directs play. 

There have been many great point guards who have graced the NBA throughout the years, including Bob Cousy, "the Big O" Oscar Robertson, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and John Stockton to name a few. 

Each player revolutionized the game with his play, adding a different aspect that opened up possibilities for future NBA players. 

6'1" Bob Cousy started off the tradition of great point guards, averaging 18.4 points, 7.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds per game for his career. 

6'5" Oscar Robertson, whose career averages of 25.7 points, 9.5 assists, and 7.5 rebounds per game, was the first triple-double threat point guard and opened door to hybrid guard-forwards like Magic Johnson and later, Jason Kidd. 

6'9" Earvin 'Magic' Johnson took it a step further, averaging 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, and 7.2 rebounds per game, literally able to play all five positions and doing so, culminating in a start at Center during game 6 of the 1980 NBA finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. Without him paving the way, players like LeBron James would probably not be around. 

Later, 6'1" John Stockton brought back the prototypical pass-first PG role, averaging 13.1 points and 10.5 assists during his illustrious career.  He was also the first player to surpass Magic Johnson's career assist total of 10,141, and eventually topped off at 15,806 assists, one record that will probably not be broken any time soon. 

These legends created the position and they have solidified their claim as some of the greatest PGs ever.  Today's NBA has many different types of point guards, some with more of a scoring emphasis, and others with a pass-first mentality. 

Fortunately, while there don't seem to be any hybrid point guards in the mold of Magic Johnson, there are many possible future Hall of Famers in this generation's group of PGs, and many of them will be looking to build on their past performances.  They range from the young to the very old, and each has a unique style that separates them from the rest.  But who should be number 1? 

Here's a look at the front runners for the best point guard of the upcoming NBA season. 

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