This past season, Jason Kidd won his first ring, padding his resume for his inevitable induction into the Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Steve Nash led the league in assists once again while leading an awful Suns team to 40 wins.
There is little doubt that the two are arguably the greatest active point guards in the league today, but how do their achievements stack up against the other great point guards? Where do they rank among the greatest point guards of all time?
First, Jason Kidd. He is second all time in assists and three point field goals, while also ranking third in steals and triple doubles. He has a ring and is almost a lock to make the Hall. But that is not the most important part. Kidd will enter the discussion for "best point guards of all time."
Meanwhile, Steve Nash has also had an amazing career. Despite being hampered early on by injuries, Nash now ranks sixth all time in assists, while ranking first all time in free throw percentage and 10th in three pointers made. In addition, he has two MVPs but no rings. Nash will also enter the discussion for "best point guards of all time."
First, the five best point guards of all time without including Kidd or Nash looks something similar to this:
1. Magic Johnson
2. Isiah Thomas
4. John Stockton
5. Bob Cousy
Each of these players should be considered legends by the questions established in my previous article, as each can answer at least 5 questions.
Magic actually passes all seven questions:
1. He is immediately associated with LA and the Lakers
2.If he never existed, we never would have seen such a unique blend of size, court vision, passing ability, and leadership from anyone else
3.His Showtime Lakers were the prototype for the fast break teams today
4.Seeing Magic play in person would definitely have a profound effect on anyone
5.He is the all time leader in assists per game
6.His baby sky hook is definitely a memorable moment
7.Magic is the name most of the world knows him by
Isiah Passes most questions
1. He is immediately associated with the Bad Boys Pistons
2. He is arguably the best pure point guard ever, which is something we all would've missed if he never existed
3. He didn't really affect how the game is played today, but really was the epitome of a pure point guard
4. Isiah was able to keep the egos on his Pistons team in check, it stands to reason that he would definitely have a huge presence in person
5.He is the all time Pistons leader in points, steals, assists, and games played
6. Isiah Thomas scored 25 points in the fourth quarter in Game 6 of the 1988 Finals on a sprained ankle for one of the gutsiest performances ever
7. He does have a nickname in Zeke
1. He is usually associated with the Bucks
2. Without Oscar, no one would ever have averaged a triple double in a season before
3. He is really the prototype for all around point guards like Jason Kidd
4. The Big O definitely would have affected some people with his grumpiness
5. Oscar is the only player to have ever averaged a triple double in a season
6. His triple double season is really the most memorable moment of his career
7. He was called The Big O, which is a well known nickname
1. He is associated with the Jazz
2. Without Stockton, we never would've seen the pick and roll performed so perfectly so many times
3. He really only affected guys like Steve Nash, who mastered the pick and roll
4. Stockton was pretty boring when it came to his personality
5. Stockton is the all time leader in assists and steals, which are key for a point guard
6. Stockton's buzzer beater in Game 6 of the 1997 Western Conference Finals is one of his most memorable moments
7. Sorry, John Stockton did not have a memorable nickname
1. Cousy makes people think of the Celtics
2. Cousy's dribbling was revolutionary
3. Cousy made fans realize the fun and importance of dribbling
4. I'm not old enough to have any idea of how commanding Cousy's personality was, but he did create the Player's Association, so he must have have great leadership skills
5. Cousy is ranked fifteenth all time in assists, but if he played today, those numbers could be higher
6. In Game 7 of the 1962 Finals, Cousy dribbled out the clock to win the Finals, fitting because it involved his masterful dribbling skills
7. Cousy was known as "The Cooz"
When you compare the resumes of those five to Nash and Kidd, it is easier to compare them and decide where they belong.
1. Kidd is not really associated with only one city, but is probably best remembered for his time with the Nets
2. Kidd may have been the greatest triple double threat since Magic
3. Kidd kept the art of passing alive and well during a period with weak point guard play
4. Kidd's incredible passing ability would make him incredible to watch in person
5. Kidd's rankings have already been mentioned
6. Kidd hasn't really had a memorable moment except for maybe his fallout in Phoenix
7. Kidd was once known as Ason for having no J, but J Kidd is also a nickname, bland as it is
1. Nash is associated with Phoenix, as well as Canada
2. If Nash never existed, we never could've witnessed one of the most inventive point guards of all time, as well as a player who mastered the pick and roll like John Stockton
3. Nash brought back the arts of creative passing and the fast break
4. Nash is probably still one of the most electrifying and creative passers in the league today, second to only to Pete Maravich in history
5. Nash's accomplishments have already been mentioned
6. Nash breaking his nose and coming back to keep playing, as well as several other ballsy moments(getting a gash over his eye, but refusing to sit) are his best remembered moments
7. Nashty is a pretty memorable nickname
At this point, they may barely edge out Cousy, but given that both might have a few years left, it's not impossible for one or both to pass Stockton.
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