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Every team needs a good point guard. Arguably the most important position in basketball, the point guard is relied on to distribute the ball and shoot from the outside.
What makes a really good point guard is doing those two things, playing defense, and—if you're really lucky—driving the lane. Now, without further ado, the list:
5. Steve Nash
Nash is a fantastic offensive point guard—but unfortunately, he's getting old.
He is one of the league's top three free-throw shooters, and there is no one better at distributing the ball into tight places. Unfortunately, this two-time MVP just cannot play defense.
Projected Stats: 17.3 ppg, 10.7 apg, 3.3 rpg
4. Devin Harris
Harris is a fantastic young point guard who will enjoy a great season with New Jersey this year. He will have a full season to play with the Nets, who should do better with their new acquisitions.
With new players like Yi and Lopez to pass the ball to, Harris will have a career year. Harris is a very good defender and will have a breakout year offensively.
Projected Stats: 18.6 ppg, 8.3 apg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 spg
3. Andre Miller
Many people will think this is too high for Andre Miller, but Miller has been underrated his entire career. He will have a great season this year with Elton Brand in Philly—if Brand is healthy, he is still one of the top forwards in the game.
Many people think Miller won't improve considering he is 33, but I think he has a few good years in him yet. Miller is a great defender and isn't afraid to get inside to get boards. He should have one of his best years this season.
Projected Stats: 19.1 ppg, 7.9 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 spg
2. Deron Williams
The top two spots here were obviously locks for Deron Williams and Chris Paul—it was just a matter of deciding what order to put them in. It seems like Paul always has better stats, but for some reason Williams dominates Paul whenever they play.
I'm not sure whether it's because the Jazz match up well against the Hornets, or just the dynamic between these two. Either way, both point guards will be elite guards in the league for their entire careers.
Projected Stats: 20.7 ppg, 11.1 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 spg
1. Chris Paul
Paul is a fantastic young point guard, who some say will eventually be one of the best ever.
His stats also show it. He is right up where Magic, Stockton, and Isiah were at this point in their careers.
Paul is one of the league's top guards on both side of the court. He is a 20-point scorer and also led the league in assists last season. On defense, although not necessarily a lock-down defender, he lead the league in steals.
Projected Stats: 22.6 ppg, 11.7 apg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 spg
Since there are so many great point guards in the league right now, this was a hard list to make. Therefore, there are many honorable mentions:
Honorable Mentions: Chauncey Billups, Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon, Jeryd Bayless, Raymond Felton, Mo Williams, Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo
Very Honorable Mentions: Tony Parker, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis