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NBA Power Rankings: Ranking the Top 10 Point Guards in the East

Will BrownContributor IFebruary 8, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: Ranking the Top 10 Point Guards in the East

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    The Eastern Conference is routinely thought of as the weaker conference of the NBA, but it has some very talented players running its offenses.

    One could argue that it has a better group of point guards than the West conference, but I still feel like it may feel a little short. This group has an extremely bright future, though, and this list is only going to get stronger and harder to compile as the years go by.

    To comprise the list, I took a look at each player’s regular season stats  (such as points per game, rebounds, assists, etc) and then took a look at where they ranked in the conference’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) to give them a spot.

    The list was pretty tough to put together after the top two, so please feel free to leave any comments if you think that another player should be on the list or that a player on the list should be higher or lower.

    Here is another one of my lists:

    NBA Power Rankings: Ranking the Top 10 Shooting Guards in the East

10. Darren Collison

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    Season Stats

    13.8 PPG, five APG, 2.9 RPG, 46.3 percent FG, 16.24 PER

    The 23-year-old has a very bright future ahead of him. Coming out of UCLA, Collison is a guy that should make this list every year for awhile and should rise in the future.

    Collison a good all around point guard, showing the ability to shoot from anywhere on the court, even shooting 35.9 percent from behind the arc. He also averages just over a steal a game, really rounding out what he can do overall.

    Collison is also not a guy that turns it over a ton, averaging only 2.4 turnovers per game.

    Collison has a big future ahead of him and should be a person the Pacers build around for the future.

9. Rodney Stuckey

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    Season Stats

    15.3 PPG, 4.5 APG, three RPG, 42.7 percent FG, 18.05 PER 

    Stuckey is a good all around talent that would unfortunately fit better as a shooting guard. He has more of a shooting guard’s size and scoring ability, but has been good at the point this year anyway you slice it.

    He can drive the basket very well and has a nice jumper. He does lack a great outside shot, though, as he is only hitting 26.9 percent of his three pointers. He is one of the most efficient guys at his position either way you look at him, as he only turns it over 2.07 times per game.

    The 24-year-old is one of the few bright spots for the Detroit Pistons. He should be a guy that either sticks on this list or move to the shooting guard list and stick there for awhile. 

8. Jameer Nelson

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    Season Stats

    12.4 PPG, 6.5 APG, three RPG, 43.6 percent FG, 15.68 PER

    Nelson is a tough guy for me to place on this list, because I could see him in the top five. After some thought I decided to put him here, but this is no knock on what the guy brings to the table.

    The 28-year-old is lightening quick and can get into the lane and past any other point guard in the NBA and can also stand outside the arc and knock down shots, as evidenced by his 39.8 percentage from three-point land.

    Nelson has had some problems with knee tendinitis that has hurt his stats, but he seems to be bouncing back well.

    Nelson is extremely important to the Orlando Magic, since he gives them a guy that can score off the dribble and create his own shot, making him a good compliment to the great Dwight Howard at center.

7. D.J. Augustin

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    Season Stats

    14.8 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.9 RPG, 43.3 percent FG, 17.14 PER

    Augustin is quietly putting together a very good season as a 23-year-old. He is one of the most efficient players at the position and is currently just turning it over 1.8 times per game.

    Augustin is also working on what is already a decent three-point shot, as he is knocking down 37.7 percent of shots.

    Augustin has also helped to take some pressure off of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, the two stars for the Bobcats.

    As long as he continues to progress and produce, Augustin should be in the league and on this list for years to come.

6.Devin Harris

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    Season Stats

    15.2 PPG, 7.9 APG, 2.3 RPG, 42.4 percent FG, 18.3 PER

    Harris has been around the league for six years now and is continuing to produce at a pretty high level. Harris almost cracks the top five because of his overall efficiency but just barely lands at number six.

    Harris’ points are going down for the third straight year, but his assists number has gone way up, off-setting his point drop off.

    Harris still lacks a great three-point shot but is able to get into the lane and finish strong at the basket. At just 27 years old, he looks like a guy that may be with the New Jersey Nets for a long time.

5. John Wall

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    Season Stats

    14.8 PPG, 9.1 APG, 4.2 RPG, 40.2 percent FG, 15.17 PER

    Wall is an elite level athlete even at the NBA level and has one of the highest ceilings in the entire league.

    Wall's only weakness so far in the PER rating has been his turnover ratio, as he is averaging 3.68 per game. If he can get that number down, watch out for this guy.

    Part of it is his style of play, though. Wall likes to really push the tempo and make the highlight reel plays, which he usually does easily, and this can sometimes cause him to let the ball get into the wrong hands.

    Wall needs to work on his three-point shots (30 percent) but should be contending with our top two in this list for the next decade.

4. Brandon Jennings

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    Season Stats

    15.8 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.6 RPG, 37.9 percent FG, 15.91 PER

    Jennings is a young talent (just21) and has enormous upside. He is a super quick player that has no real weakness.

    Jennings isn’t great from behind the arc, hitting just 35.5 percent, but he should get better over time. If he does, you can forget about it when he decides to put the game in his hands. His elite quickness allows him to get to the basket easily on occasion, and it works, despite not having a great all around shot.

    His upside has a lot to depend on how much he wants to put into his game, because improving his shot all over the court will make him one of the toughest guys to defend in the league.

3. Raymond Felton

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    Season Stats

    17.2 PPG, 8.9 APG, 3.7 RPG, 42.3 percent FG, 17.39 PER

    Felton is probably the surprise of the list, but the stats don’t lie.

    Felton is considered a good defender, which you can see a little bit by his 1.8 steals per game. Felton has also been re-energized playing with Amare Stoudemire. Felton has been extremely unselfish with his passing and has really spread the ball around a talented Knicks team.

    He may not be the flashy player that most look for out of their point guards, but Felton gets the job done better than what most people would like to admit.

2. Rajon Rondo

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    Season Stats

    10.9 PPG, 12.4 APG, 4.3 RPG, 50.9 percent FG, 18.52 PER

    The rest of the NBA better get used to seeing the Boston Celtics at the top of the standings, because even when the big three decide to retire, Rondo and a list of other players will be there ready to take over.

    Rondo is the NBA’s current assists leader and is a very good scorer when he is asked to, so don’t let the low points per game total make you think he is a below average offensive force.

    Rondo is also a very good defender, as he uses his long arms to average 2.45 steals per game, which is second in the NBA.

    Rondo is ever improving on his offensive game, but he doesn’t have to be a great scorer now because of his ability to find the Hall of Famers he has playing all around him. Rondo is an elite level passer and has great overall court vision.

1. Derrick Rose

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    Season Stats

    24.6 PPG, 8.2 APG, 4.5 RPG, 44.7 percent FG, 22.95 PER

    Rose is one of the best pure players in the NBA and is one of its very best athletes.

    The 22-year-old has really stepped his game up a notch this year and is one of the midseason favorites for the Most Valuable Player award, and it is well deserved.

    His 24.6 points per game makes him by far the leader for point guards in the East, as does his PER number.

    Rose’s assists per game also show that he is unselfish and can find the open guys with regularity.

    The Chicago Bulls have made it a point to keep Rose around and build around him, and it’s easy to see why. Rose will be consistently making incredible dunks and fantastic passes form a Bulls uniform and should be at the top of this list for at least another decade.

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