10. Kevin Johnson
Johnson is one of the most underrated guards of all time. In his career, he averaged 18 points per game, nine assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He also shot a great 49.3 percent from the field, and 84 percent from the free-throw line. He was selected to three All-Star teams.
He was selected to four All-NBA teams, three of those being second-team selections. He ranks sixth all-time in assists per game, and was also a solid defensive guard. He was also one of the main players on the Suns team that made the Finals in 1993.
9. Jason Kidd
Kidd is one of the greatest pure point guards ever. In his career, he has made the All-Star team nine times, made the All-NBA team six-times, and was a nine-time selection for the All-Defensive team. He also won the 1995 Co-Rookie of the Year Award, along with Grant Hill. He is also third all-time in triple-doubles in the regular season with 100, and he is second all-time in playoff triple-doubles with eleven.
His career averages are 14.2 points, 9.3 assists, 6.7 rebounds and two steals a game. He has led the league in assists per game five times, and in total assists three times. He has also led the league in total steals once, in 2002.
However, he has never won a ring. That has been the main accomplishment he has failed to achieve, as both times he led his team to the Finals in New Jersey, they were swept by the Lakers and the Spurs.
8. Nate "Tiny" Archibald
Tiny was the first dominant "little man" in the league. He is the only player in the history of the league to have led the league in both scoring and assists in the same season. This occurred in the 1972-73 season, when he averaged an amazing 34 points and 11.4 assists as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
Over his career, he made the All-Star team six times, and he won the All-Star game MVP in 1981. That same year, he won his only championship as a member of the Boston Celtics.
Overall, he made the all NBA teams five times, with three of those being first-team selections. He averaged 19 points and eight assists, along with a fantastic 47 percent from the field.
7. Gary "The Glove" Payton
Payton is one of the greatest offensive and defensive guards of all time. Defensively, he is tied for the record with nine All-NBA first-team selections. He is also the only point guard of all time to have won the Defensive Player of the Year Award, which he achieved in 1996. He also led the league in steals once and is third all-time in total steals.
Offensively, he averaged over 16 points, 6.7 assists and over four rebounds over his 17-year career. He also shot an impressive 47 percent from the field and averaged over 20 points in eight different seasons.
He is also one of the more durable players of all time, as he only missed 25 games in his entire career. He won his only championship in 2006, as a member of the Miami Heat.
6. Walt "Clyde" Frazier
Frazier is considered by many to be the greatest defensive point guard of all time. He was selected to the All-NBA defensive team seven times, all of them as first-team selections. He was also selected to the All-NBA team six times, with four of those being first-team selections. He made the All-Star team seven times, and he won an All-Star MVP in 1975.
Offensively, he was one of the most all around point guards as he averaged 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals over his career. He also shot a fantastic 49 percent from the field.
He led the Knicks to two championships in 1970 and in 1973. He had one of the greatest postseason performances of all time in Game Seven of the 1970 Finals against the Lakers, as he scored 36 points and 19 assists to lead the Knicks to their first championship in their history.
5. Bob Cousy
Cousy was the lead guard of eight Boston Celtics championship teams. In his 14 year career, he made the all star team 13 times and averaged 18.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds. He also led the league in both total assists and assists per game for eight consecutive season from the 1952-1953 season through the 1959-1960 season.
He won two All-Star MVPs in 1954 and in 1957. He also was the first point guard of all time to win an MVP Award, which he achieved in the 1956-1957 season. Finally, he was selected to 12 All-NBA teams, 10 of those being first-team selections.
4. John Stockton
Stockton is the all-time leader in both total assists with 15,806, and the all-time leader in total steals with 3,265. Over his 20-year career, he averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 assists, along with three rebounds and 2.2 steals. He also shot an amazing 51.5 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from the three-point line, and 82 percent from the free-throw line.
He was also a very good defensive guard, as he was selected to five All-NBA defensive teams, all second-team selections. He led the league in both total assists and assists per game for nine consecutive seasons, from the 1987-1988 season through the 1995-1996 season.
However, he never won a championship with the Jazz, as they lost both times they advanced to the Finals against the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.
3. Isiah Thomas
Thomas was one of the best scoring point guards of all time. In his career, he averaged 19.2 points, 9.3 assists, and 3.6 rebounds, along with two steals per game. He also shot a solid 45.2 percent from the field, and was one of the most clutch players of all time. He led the "Bad Boy" Pistons to back-to-back championships in the late 1980s.
He was selected to 11 All-Star games, and won the All-Star MVP twice, in 1984 and 1986. He also won the 1990 Finals MVP, as he led the Pistons over the Portland Trailblazers for their second-straight championship.
He was selected to five All-NBA teams, with three of them being first-team selections. He led the league in total assists twice and in assists per game once.
2. Oscar "The Big O" Robertson
Oscar is probably the greatest player statistically, besides Wilt. Over his career, he averaged 26 points, 9.5 assists, and 7.5 rebounds, while also shooting a tremendous 49 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free-throw line.
He is also the only player of all time to average a triple double for an entire season, which he accomplished in the 1961-62 season. He averaged 32 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists that season.
He made the All-Star team 12 times, won three All-Star game MVPs, won an MVP award in the 1963-64 season, and was selected to 11 All-NBA teams, nine of those being first-team selections.
He led the league in assists per game seven times and he won one scoring title. He is fourth all-time in total assists, and tenth all-time in total points scored. He also won one championship with the Bucks, in the 1970-71 season.
1. Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Magic Johnson is the greatest basketball players of all time. He is far and away the best team player ever, and he was one of the biggest winners in the history of the league.
During his career, he led the Lakers to nine Finals appearances in the toughest era of all time—the '80s—while winning five of them. His career averages are 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, 7.2 rebounds, and two steals per game. He also shot a tremendous 52 percent from the field, and a very good 85 percent from the free-throw line.
He was selected to 12 All-Star teams, and he made the All-NBA team nine times, all first-team selections. He won three consecutive MVPs, and three total Finals MVPs. He also won two All-Star game MVPs. He ranks third all-time in total assists, and first all-time in assists per game.
Finally, he also had the greatest postseason performance of all-time in Game Six of the 1980 Finals against the Sixers. The Lakers were up 3-2, and Kareem was injured and couldn't play, so Magic started at center, and also played forward and guard. Magic scored 42 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had six assists to lead the Lakers over Doctor J and the Sixers and win the Lakers' first championship since their legendary 1971-72 team.
I will making a list of the top 10 shooting guards of all time in the next couple of days.
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