Chris Paul and Deron Williams Are Still Cream of the Crop at Point Guard

Steven ResnickSenior Writer INovember 11, 2009

Chris Paul and Deron Williams are still the two best point guards in the NBA, no matter what the media would like you to think. Over the last few days you've been bombarded with articles about the Phoenix Suns and what Steve Nash is doing.

For example last night against Philadelphia, Nash finished with 21 points and 20 assists which just looking at that then those are great numbers, but there's more to basketball for a point guard than just passing the ball and scoring points.

If you actually looked at the boxscore you'll see another big number and this one isn't a good number to have. What number is that? The number is seven, the amount of turnovers that Nash had.

When you look at that as a ratio that means that for every 2.85 assists that Nash has he also has one turnover.

But, looking further at the boxscore Nash didn't contribute much defensively except for a blocked shot.

Looking at the season stats for Nash as well you'll see he does well with scoring points and passing the ball, but defensively he doesn't make a difference and he turns the ball over way too much. 

Nash is averaging 18.3 points per game, 12.9 assists, .1 steals per game, .4 blocks per game, and shoots 52.5 percent from the floor, 48.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 92.6 percent from the free throw line.

Looking at Nash's assist to turnover ratio he is at for every 2.8 assists he has a turnover.

Now the Suns maybe the most surprising team in the league, but they are going to crash and they are going to burn. Jason Richardson is shooting lights out from beyond the arc at 57.9 percent, eventually that number is going to drop so there will be a few less assists for Nash.

Eventually the fact that Grant Hill is leading the team in rebounding is going to catch up with the Suns, but I see Amare Stoudemire surpassing him soon. Channing Frye as the center will also catch up with the Suns as well.

So far the Suns have played three teams with a winning record, the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, and the Miami Heat. Those teams have a combined record of 17-4 and the Suns have a record of 2-1 against those teams.

The five other opponents the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, and the Philadelphia 76ers have a combined record of 11-25.and the Suns are 5-0.

What's so surprising that the Suns have played against some of the bottom feeders of the NBA?

Now looking at Deron Williams he doesn't shoot the ball nearly as well as Nash does but he's the more capable scorer of the two, he's also physically stronger, and is the superior defender of the two.

Williams has played in one less game than Nash has so far. Utah's record isn't that impressive at 3-4, but the team has also played a lot tougher schedule than the Suns have so far which I'll get to but let's look at Williams's numbers.

Currently, Williams is averaging 21.4 points per game, 10.7 assists, 3.6 turnovers, 1 steal, .1 blocks, he shoots 45.9 percent from the field, 31 percent from beyond the arc, and 80.6 percent from the free throw line.

His assist to turnover ratio is better than Nash's at 2.97 assist per one turnover.

The Jazz have played the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, and New York Knicks. The Jazz three wins have come against the Clippers, Spurs, and Knicks.

Their losses have come against the Nuggets, Rockets, Mavericks, and Kings. The combined record of those teams are 16-10. Wins have come against teams with record a of 7-15.

Like the Suns the Jazz have defeated teams with records just at .500 or below. If you take out the Jazz loss to the Kings the combined record of the opponents that the Jazz have had to face is 13-6.

Onto the best point guard that the NBA has to offer in Chris Paul. Paul has had a much greater season than Nash or Williams, yet the only thing talked about him is that he doesn't have enough players to help him win.

Well that maybe the case, but he's the clear leader of the team and he's doing his best to keep the Hornets in games. Currently the record for the Hornets is far from impressive at 3-5.

Yet, just like the Jazz have the Hornets have played a much tougher schedule than the Suns. The five losses have come against the Spurs, Celtics, Knicks, Raptors, and Lakers.For the wins the Hornets have beat the Kings, Mavericks, and Clippers.

Against the teams with the five losses the combined records for the teams are 20-16. Take out the loss to the Knicks and the record that the Hornets have faced so far this season is a combined 19-9.

When the Hornets have won the combined record of their opponents has been 10-13, so even if the Mavericks are taken out the combined record would be 6-8 so teams that were essentially close to the .500 mark.

Paul though has shown the NBA why he is the best point guard the league has to offer. Currently he's averaging 26.3 points per game, 9.8 assists per game, 2.3 turnovers per game, 1.3 steals per game, on 63 percent shooting, 68.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 86.5 percent from the free throw line.

His assist to turnover ratio is at 4.26 assists per one turnover. 

With Paul you can clearly see that he does everything a point guard should be able to do he can score, he can distribute the ball, he can play defense, and he takes cares of the basketball.

Paul and Williams beat Nash on points, assist to turnover ratio, and steals. Nash beat Williams on field goal percentage, three point percentage, and free throw percentage, and assists per game.

Nash beats Paul at free throw percentage and free throw percentage. So, yes the assists per game is good, but the turnovers per game are going to catch up with the Suns especially once their schedule gets tougher.


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