Can Steve Nash Reach Magical Heights? Greatest PGs Ever

Isaiah MontoyaCorrespondent IMay 5, 2010

ST. LOUIS - MARCH 28:  Magic Johnson attends the Tennessee Volunteers versus the Michigan State Spartans game during the midwest regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome on March 28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 2010 playoffs currently showcase awesome point guards like Deron Williams and Tony Parker, not to mention Steve Nash and Jameer Nelson. But do they stack up on the all-time greatest point guard list?   

I created a formula that indicates how productive a player was per minute in their greatest season, and then combined it with a title wins/finals appearances list, then divided them. This list is a reflection of that final result.

31 Mark Jackson 30 John Lucas 29 Brandon Roy 28 Derek Harper 27 Damon Stoudamire 26 Reggie Theus 25 Rod Strickland 24 Terrell Brandon 23 Norm Nixon 22 Baron Davis 21 Walt Frazier

20 Chauncey Billups—Hits the big shots and won a ring in 2004 against Lakers.

19 Gail Goodrich—Led LA to 1972 title and could score like crazy.

18 Mark Price—Sweet passer and shooter, especially from the charity stripe.

17 Maurice Cheeks—Won it all in 1983 with Dr. J to pass to; a steals wizard.

16 Michael Adams—Played for Denver so wan't exposed but he was amazing. Check his stats. At only 5'9", to do what he did was great.

15 Jason Kidd—Still seeking a title but can pass like no other player in history.

14 Tim Hardaway—Did the UTEP Two-Step all over the NBA, even as a rookie. At 5'11" he was second place for NBA Rookie of the Year in 1989 to 7'1" David Robinson.

13 Tony Parker—Being an awesome scorer and teammate has helped him win three titles with the Spurs, and maybe four after this year.

12 Calvin Murphy—At 5'9" he was great at controlling the pace of the game. He scored 17,949 points in the NBA and dished out 4,402 career assists and made it, but lost in the 1981 finals.

11 Lenny Wilkens—The true and pure point guard scored 17,772 career points, passed off 7,211 assists, and grabbed 5,030 rebounds in 1,072 career games. He's not a bad coach either.

10 Kevin Johnson—Put up great numbers in his career, amazing really, and he went to the finals in 1993, and lost to...Jordan.

09 Chris Paul—Rushed up this list because of astronomical per-minute stats, but he has never won anything. Has the potential to be top three all time.

08 Gary Payton—Played glove-like defense throughout his career and could score too. Had winning drive but met Michael Jordan in the 1996 Finals, and of course lost. Then in 2004 he had a chance to win one with Shaq, Karl Malone, and Kobe Bryant, but they somehow lost. Finally, in 2006 his Heat beat the Mavs and he earned his ring, and then soon after retired. Nice career GP.

07 Steve Nash—Is two years older than me and damn he's in awesome shape to still be in the mix of a title possibility in round two vs. the Spurs. This dude is sick, but he's never won a title, so I guess his two MVP awards say a lot.

06 Bob Cousy—The Houdini of the Hardwood led the Celtics to multiple titles and designed for future generations how to play point guard. He'd be a sweet passer now.

05  Nate "Tiny" Archibald—Another UTEP product who, despite his size (6'0", 150 pounds), was an amazing player and who won championships with Boston in the '80s. In 1972-73 Archibald did what no one ever had or ever will do: "Tiny" led the league in scoring and assists in the same season. Check this out: 80 games played and 46.0 minutes per game! Shot .488 from the field and .847 from the line and averaged 11.4 assists and 34.0 points. What?

04 John Stockton—Man, I feel so bad for this guy; having to go up against Jordan two years in a row and losing. If it weren't for that, he'd be the perfect point guard.

03 Isiah Thomas—At 6'1" Zeke was able to do anything. I mean anything and he did. If he were 6'6" he'd probably be the greatest ever. He is one of a few guys that destroyed Jordan teams well before Jordan figured the Bad Boys out. He was the first player ever to have over 1,000 assists in an NBA season.

02 Oscar Robertson—The "Big-O" was a walking triple double, averaging one for an entire season. This guy is what LeBron wishes he was. He won a title in 1971 along with Jabbar.

01 Magic Johnson—Won five titles in nine tries. He went to the finals nine times! He was awesome in every single way. The most successful point guard of all-time. 


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