Every off-season, fans want to project and predict what will happen in the draft, in free-agency, and maybe even in training camp. The fans of the mediocre teams like Charlotte and Minnesota use the offseason as their own basketball rehab during which they can reinvigorate their passion and hope for their respective teams. The fans in Oklahoma City and Chicago try to visualize what their teams will be like if their young stars improve their skills in the off-season a la Derrick Rose last summer
During the summer when we are forced to watch three and a half hour baseball games, that ultimately serve as the bridge between draft and free agency news, we get bored and then use our anxiousness for the NBA season to fill the void.
Will the Heat win the championship next year if Lebron gets a shrink? Will Russell Westbrook become the best point-guard in the NBA next year? Will Blake Griffin lead the Clippers to the playoffs? These are the questions that we as passionate basketball fans try to answer, with our sometimes ridiculous answers ultimately leading to what we think will lead to a most entertaining NBA season.
However, thanks to the stubbornness of the owners and the players, the NBA is in a lockout and there has been no reason to think that the 2011-2012 season will go as planned.
Many would say that last season was the most entertaining of the last ten to fifteen years. The NBA is ripe with stars and drama and it is very important that both sides (owners and players) realize that there is a lot to fight for during their collective bargaining negotiations.
With all of the uncertainty that the lockout presents, the talent of the current NBA players will still remain (at least through this off-season) and I think it is important to understand what the league already has at each position.
The point-guard position is the deepest and most star-studded group in the NBA. The top-6 point guards in the league will find that their places in the positional hierarchy are very secure (for now). However, one could argue that there are ten point-guards fighting for the bottom four spots in the top-10 class of the NBA point guards. Anyway, here’s my top-10, as well as who I think will crack the list sooner rather than later.