Running the Show: Ranking the 16 Point Guards in the NBA Playoffs
The Point Guard is the player that can make or break a basketball team. They get the play going, and make sure the ball goes to who it needs to go to. Without a good point guard, you aren't going to have much of a chance in this league. If you have a great one, your team is automatically going to be very good. Derrick Rose is proving that with his MVP performance this season, propelling his team to the NBA's elite. But is he the best point guard in this year's playoffs?
16. Jrue Holiday
Holiday is a good young player, but he needs more experience before he can become a great point guard.
15. Darren Collison
Collison is much like Holiday, but he has shown a little more promise. A few more years in the playoffs, and he'll be Rondo material.
14. Mike Conley Jr.
Conley is adapting very well to the NBA with the solid Memphis Grizzly team around him. Still, like the two previous point guards, he needs more experience.
13. Kirk Hinrich
Hinrich is a good player, but he's more of a shooting guard than a point guard; and those goggles don't help either.
12. Andre Miller
Miller was great in his Denver and Philly days, but he's lost a little bit in the Rose City.
11. Mike Bibby
Bibby was a great addition to the Heat. He helped them distribute the scoring and the ball. Still, he's not as good as he was with Atlanta.
10. Ty Lawson
Lawson transferred his skills from UNC to Denver very well. Not only is he a good distributor, but he's a great three point shooter. Last week against the Timberwolves, he dropped a career-high 37 points and was 10-of-11 from beyond the arc. Now that's good.
9. Chauncey Billups
Billups is still a very good shooter. He's the second choice for a clutch shot in NY, behind the king of clutch and his long time teammate, Carmelo Anthony. He's not as good as he was in the Pistons age, but he's still very good.
8. Jason Kidd
He's not the superstar he was with the Nets, but he's a good player and should be recognized as such.
7. Derek Fischer
Fisher is a great leader, a great shooter, and a key part of the Lakers' powerhouse. If Miami would have been able to lure him away in the offseason, they would've been home free.
6. Jameer Nelson
Nelson is getting better and better. Since his All-Star season a couple years back, he's been advancing and helping the Magic as he does.
5. Tony Parker
Tony Parker is an elite point guard. He has always been important to his team, but he'll be even more important in these playoffs while Ginobli is out.
4. Russell Westbrook
This All-Star point guard has had a breakout season, and the expectations for him and his team in the playoffs are high. Can he deliver? Only time will tell.
3. Rajon Rondo
Rondo has single-handedly turned the Boston Big 3 into a Boston Big 4. He plays with the heart of a champion, probably because he is a champion. Now he'll lead the Celtics in their quest to get another title before Rajon's aging teammates retire.
2. Chris Paul
Paul is one of the players you think of when you think of the National Basketball Association. We don't know how long he's going to remain in Louisiana, but for now he will try to pull off a huge first round upset against the Lakers, and go from there.
1. Derrick Rose
Rose is an emerging superstar in the NBA. In the mind of most people, he is this year's MVP. And rightfully so. He has blown through the competition all year, and the last task that remains for him is to help his Bulls blow through the competition on their way to the NBA championship. We are all witnesses.