10 Greatest Point Guard Drafts Classes in NBA History

Mike B.Correspondent ISeptember 18, 2011

10 Greatest Point Guard Drafts Classes in NBA History

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    The 2009 NBA draft contained so many solid point guard prospects that Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn selected four players at the position that year.

    Wow, that's like a football team choosing four quarterbacks in an NFL draft.   

    The '09 point guard draft class was absolutely deep and so were a few others in NBA history.

    Here's a look at the league's 10 greatest floor general classes of all time.

    In order to earn a spot on the list, the class has to have possessed at least four quality point guards.

    So with that said, you won't see an appearance from the Class of 1960, which included Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Lenny Wilkens, since those two were really the only notable point guards that year.

    And you also won't get to see the Class of 1970, which featured Nate "Tiny" Archibald and Calvin Murphy.

    Well anyway, let's get on with the slideshow.

10. Class of 1983

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    Notable point guards selected in '83 were Derek Harper, current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, John Paxson and Sedale Threatt.

    Harper is one of the greatest players in NBA history to never make an All-Star team, averaging at least 17 points and seven assists four consecutive seasons.  

    Rivers was an All-Star in '88; the clutch-shooting Paxson was a valuable role player during the Chicago Bulls' first three-peat; and Threatt was decent throughout his 14-year NBA career. 

9. Class of 1993

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    Coming in at No. 9 is the point guard group that consisted of Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Sam Cassell, Nick Van Exel and Lindsey Hunter.

    Penny was simply a superstar in the '90s as he teamed up with a young Shaquille O'Neal in Orlando. If he was never bothered with injuries, he just might have become an all-time great.

    Cassell helped the Houston Rockets win championships in both his first two pro seasons and was named an All-Star in 2004.  

    Van Exel, taken in the second round, is one of the NBA's greatest draft steals of the past 20 years.

    And Hunter put together a couple of quality seasons. 

8. Class of 1999

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    In the 1999 draft, four point guards were taken within the first 10 picks: Steve Francis (second overall), Baron Davis (third), Andre Miller (eighth) and Jason Terry (10th).

    Francis and Davis were two of the NBA's most exciting players of the 2000s.

    Miller is currently 14th all-time in assists and Terry, who began his career as a point guard in Atlanta, is one of the greatest sixth men in league history.    

7. Class of 2009

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    No way, the Class of 2009 ranked just seventh all-time?

    The reason: The point guards from that year have only two NBA seasons under their belts.

    However, this class will surely move up the list in the future and maybe even taking the No. 1 spot.

    Tyreke Evans, one of the best point guards from 2008, enjoyed a marvelous debut season.

    He became just the fourth rookie in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James are the other three.      

    Stephen Curry appears to be a superstar in the making; Brandon Jennings once put up 55 points in a single game; and Ricky Rubio might turn out to be the next Pistol Pete.

    Other point guards worth talking about from 2009 include Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday, Jonny Flynn and Eric Maynor.    

6. Class of 2001

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    Lottery teams focused their attention on fresh out of high school big men in the 2001 draft.

    But they should have focused their attention on French point guard Tony Parker, who somehow lasted all the way to pick No. 28.   

    All Parker has done in the NBA is win three titles with the San Antonio Spurs, a Finals MVP award in 2007 and has earned a spot on three Western Conference All-Star teams.

    Former high-scoring point guard Gilbert Arenas was taken in the second round in 2001, two picks after Parker. 

    Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson also came out that year.

5. Class of 2008

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    The 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and All-Star Russell Westbrook are clearly the top two point guards from the 2008 draft.

    The play of D-Rose has transformed the Chicago Bulls from just an alright team to a title contender, while Westbrook has formed an exciting duo with Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City.

    Other 2008 point guards include lottery picks D.J. Augustin and Jerryd Bayless, late first-rounder George Hill as well as second-round steals Mario Chalmers and Goran Dragić.

4. Class of 1989

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    1989 was the year of the point guards with nicknames. There was Benjamin "B.J." Armstrong, Daron "Mookie" Blaylock and Jerome "Pooh" Richardson.

    And don't forget about Tim Hardaway, who had the famous "UTEP Two-step" in his repertoire.

    Speaking of Hardaway, he was undoubtedly the best point guard from the Class of '89. The master of the crossover dribble was a five-time NBA All-Star and a borderline Hall of Famer. 

    Armstrong, Blaylock and Dana Barros were all one-time All-Stars and Richardson put together a pretty decent pro career.

    Sherman Douglas and Haywoode Workman were two other notable point guards drafted that year.

3. Class of 1987

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    Four solid point guards—Kevin Johnson, Mark Jackson, Kenny Smith and Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues entered the NBA via the 1987 draft. 

    Posting three seasons of at least 20 points and 10 assists per game, Johnson is definitely one of the most underrated point guards to ever play the game.

    Jackson, the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, is third all-time in assists, behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd, and actually ahead of Magic Johnson.

    Smith, a popular TNT basketball analyst, was the starting point guard on the Houston Rockets teams that won back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and1995.

    And the 5'3" Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history, was a respectable player in the '90s, especially when he was running the point for the Charlotte Hornets.    

2. Class of 2005

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    The words "2005 NBA draft" are painful to many Atlanta Hawks fans.

    That was the draft that their team used the second overall pick on Marvin Williams and passed up point guard superstars Deron Williams and Chris Paul, who were taken third and fourth respectively.

    Williams and Paul are perhaps two of the three best floor generals in the game today, and will both make the Hall of Fame one day, barring any serious injuries.

    Joining Paul and Williams in the point guard class of '05 are Raymond Felton, who probably should have been an All-Star last season, and three-time slam dunk champ Nate Robinson.

1. Class of 1996

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    A lot of fans believe the 1996 NBA draft is the best in league history.

    The draft is known for producing All-Stars like Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojakovic and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

    But some of the biggest names from that year are the point guards taken such as Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Stephon Marbury.

    Yeah sure, Iverson is considered a shooting guard, but he did play the point during his first couple seasons in Philadelphia with Jerry Stackhouse at the two-guard spot.

    Nash, the two-time NBA MVP, is often ranked as a top-10 point guard of all time, and Marbury put up some nice numbers during his career.

    Derek Fisher, another point guard taken in '96, has helped Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers win five championships.

    Jeff McInnis deserves a mention on this slide as well.