NBA Power Rankings: Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and the League's Top 10 Point Guards
The team goes when they go. The point guard has to do a little bit of everything in order to be great: He's gotta be able to score, find the open guy, and keep everyone involved in the process.
We have crafty old veterans and many young guys running the floor general position today. The NBA is as rich with talent at the point guard position as it ever has been before.
NBA fans are truly blessed with the point guard play that we have in today's game. Here are the top ten point guards in the NBA today.
The Best Of The Rest
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These guys are great, but they don't quite crack the top 10. My apologies to Brandon Jennings, Tony Parker, Devin Harris, Aaron Brooks and Stephen Curry.
Brandon Jennings: 14.9 ppg, 6.4 ast, 0.8 steals
Tony Parker: 16 ppg, 8.3 ast, 2.3 steals
Devin Harris: 16.3 ppg, 6.3 ast, 1.3 steals
Stephen Curry: 21 ppg, 6.6 ast, 1.8 steals
Aaron Brooks: 16.5 ppg, 5.4 ast, 0.8 steals.
Moving on to the league's top ten point guards.
10. John Wall
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19.4 ppg, 9.6 ast, and 2.6 steals per game
I know he's young, unproven, turns it over to much, and has only played 5 games in the NBA....but the guy can flat out play.
Coming out of college NBA analysts said the at worst John Wall would be as good as Derrick Rose, and we can all agree that Rose is a great player.
Wall has come out strong early in his NBA career: In Washington's home opener Wall had 29 points, 13 assists, and 9 steals giving Wizards fans a taste of what is to come for many years.
John Wall is going to be a stud in this league for the next decade. Plus, he knows how to Dougie.
9. Tyreke Evans
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22.6 points, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The reigning Rookie of the Year has all the makings to be a great player in the NBA. Evans can do it all: He can shoot the three, create open looks for teammates, and he can take it to the hole at any given moment.
At 6'6" 220 pounds Evans is bigger than most point guards in the game today. He is a score first and pass second point guard, and he may one day move over to the two guard spot because his skills may fit that position better. But for now Evans is really all Sacramento has, and he's a great guy to try and build a franchise around.
8. Chauncey Billups
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14.5 ppg, 4.4 ast, 1.6 steals per game
The box score just doesn't do him justice. Billups been one of the NBA's best point guards for the last ten years. This is a guy who once led a Detroit Pistons team to an NBA championship over a Shaq and Kobe Lakers team.
Everywhere Billups goes he immediately turned his team into a contender. Remember when Detroit traded Billups for Iverson? How'd that work out? Billups has led the Nuggets to the playoffs every year and once got them to the Western Conference finals.
Billups leadership and flare for the dramatic isn't matched by many other players in the NBA. While he is 34 and his best years may be behind him, he is still one of the best floor generals in the league.
7. Russell Westbrook
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21.2 ppg, 7.2 ast, 2.3 steals and 6.5 boards per game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the NBA's youngest and most exciting teams.
Westbrook doesn't receive all the accolades that he should because he plays in a smaller market, and the Thunder have a guy by the name of Kevin Durant.
Westbrook is one of the most complete players we have at the point guard position today. He can pass, he can shoot, he's a great defender, and he leads all point guards in rebounding at 6.5 boards per game.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should be one of the top tandems in the league for years to come. Oklahoma City fans have a lot to be excited about.
6. Jason Kidd
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7.5 ppg, 10.7 ast, 2.2 steals, and 4.7 rebounds per game
Mr. Triple Double has been playing in this league forever. He might be the only guy in the league who appeared in NBA Jam all those years ago. Yeah, he's been at this for a while.
Even at 37 years old and 16 seasons under his belt, Jason Kidd is still getting it done.
The Mavericks are one of the biggest threats to dethrone the Lakers in the Western Conference this year, and Kidd plays a large roll in Dallas' success. Jason Kidd plays point guard the way it was intended to be played: He makes everyone around him better, and he is a consummate team player.
Kidd's been putting up 10 dimes a game for 17 season's now. Most of the guys guarding him grew up wanting to be him.
Look up point guard in the dictionary and it'll say, "see Jason Kidd."
5. Derrick Rose
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23.8 ppg, 9.2 ast, 0.8 steals per game
The number 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft has not dissapointed. Rose has been fantastic since entering the NBA.
Rose is the purest scorer on this list. The human highlight real gets to the hole and finishes like no one else. With Carlos Boozer out of the lineup, Rose has proven that he is a very viable first scoring option. For as great as he's been getting to the bucket, Rose has also been getting his teammates involved with 9.2 assists per game.
Derrick Rose showed the country what he is all about last season when his eighth seeded Bulls gave the eastern conference champion Boston Celtics all they could handle in the first round of the playoffs.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the NBA's up and coming teams and should be a contender in the east with Derrick Rose running the show.
4. Steve Nash
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18.7 ppg, 8.9 ast, 0.8 steals per game
It's hard to believe that a player who has won two MVP's and led his team to the Western Conference finals last year is just fourth on this list.
For the last 6 seasons Steve Nash has been the driving force behind the NBA's highest scoring offense. Nash IS the Suns offense. He'll dribble circles around you all night long until someone gets open, and when the game is on the line, Nash is likely to hit the game winning three at the end of regulation.
Amare is gone, and the rest of the West has gotten better. The Suns may not be the contenders that they have been in the past, but Nash still remains one of the league's best assist men.
2b. Chris Paul
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17.9 ppg, 9.9 ast, 2.4 steals, and 5.4 rebounds per game
There's always a debate as to who is better, Chris Paul or Deron Williams. I think they're both great, and I would be happy with either one running the show for my favorite team.
Chris Paul does more with less. After an off season full of trade rumor controversy, Paul has the Hornets off to a 7-0 start.
Paul often receives comparisons to the Piston's greatest Isaiah Thomas, and the comparisons are valid. Like Thomas, Paul is main contributor on both ends of the court. In his first five years in the league Paul has led the league in assists and steals twice in his young career.
Among point guards Paul is 8th in points per game, 5th in assists, 4th in steals, 3rd in rebounds, and he has the best assist/turnover ratio in the NBA.
Chris Paul does it all.
2a. Deron Williams
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21.5 ppg, 10.3 ast, 0.9 steals, and 5.0 rebounds per game
He's gotta be the most underappreciated star we have in the NBA today. For some reason when people talk about the top players in the game today Deron Williams is often left out.
Why is Williams forgotten? I couldn't tell you. All he does is go out and get 20 and 10 every night.
Williams has always produced in the playoffs averaging 21.1 pts and 9.6 assists per game in his career. He even led the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals in just his second season in the league.
Like Paul, Williams is one of the fundamentaly sound point guards we have in the league and doesn't have any blaring weaknesses in his game.
He also has a variety of weapons in his arsenal. There are nights he'll beat you by scoring 30 points, and there's nights he'll beat you without having to score at all.
With Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap running with him, Williams and the Jazz are poised to make a deep playoff run again this year.
1. Rajon Rondo
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11.1 pts, 14.8 asts, 3.1 steals, and 5.5 rebounds per game
The Boston Celtics are not "The Big Three", they are "Rajon Rondo and The Big Three."
Can you believe that there was once a time when critics questioned if the Celtics could win a title with Rondo running the point for the Big Three? That seems like a crazy question now.
Since Rondo has joined the Celts, they have won an NBA championship and were within minutes of winning another last year. Rondo's star has shined the brightest in the postseason, and the 2009 playoffs were Rondo's coming out party. He recorded three triple doubles and had 19 assists in Game 6 against Orlando without turning the ball over once (that's an NBA record folks).
What's even more impressive is Rondo orchestrates an offense with three future hall of famers (four if you want to include Shaq) with ease. There isn't another point guard in the league who could keep Garnett, Pierce, and Allen as happy as Rondo.
Through 8 games this year Rondo has 118 assists. That's John Stockton/Magic Johnson stuff. Finding open teammates isn't the only thing Rondo does for the Celtics. Rondo is one of the league's top pick pocket artists and he led the league in steals last year.
Among point guards Rondo is 1st is assists, 2nd in steals, and 2nd in rebounds.
"Ragin" Rondo is the most exciting player in the NBA today, period. When he's not diving for loose balls he's probably throwin' a no look pass for an easy bucket.
There aren't very many point guards in the history of the league who have had as much success as Rondo has had in his young career.