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Top 10 NBA Point Guards

by james on December 21st, 2007

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Kenny Smith of Yahoo Sports and a pretty good point guard in his own right (couple of championship rings with the Rockets), picks his top 10 point guards. My humble opinions will be in italics.  (Be sure to vote for your favorite point guard in the poll to the right!)

1. Steve Nash: The best in the game. His ability to get the Suns into their fast-paced tempo every night is uncanny. Every team’s defensive emphasis is to slow the Suns down. Most fail. Credit Nash for that.

This guy dribbles like the ball is a yo yo on the end of a string. Simply amazing.

1a. Jason Kidd: If Nash is No. 1, Kidd is 1a. And if you put Kidd on the Suns running Mike D’Antoni’s offense, we might be calling him the best.

Seems like Kidd has played for 200 years and is still at the top of his game.

3. Tony Parker: Not the most dominant point guard left, but he makes the best decisions. The Spurs have become a dynasty and Parker is one of the reasons why.

Less enamored by this choice. Pretty easy to play next to the big fundamental. Parker does play well in big games, though.

4. Baron Davis: “The Body Guard” overpowers most of his peers. Davis’ ability to fuel the Golden State Warriors’ run-run-run offense puts him near the top. If his shot selection gets better he’ll move up the list.

Love watching Baron play, but the number 4 point guard? Hard to believe.

5. Chauncey Billups: Billups is often overlooked in “best of” debates. But his leadership skills and his ability to get the Pistons into their halfcourt sets makes him a keeper for this list. Mr. Big Shot’s clutch shooting also might rank at the top of all the point guards.

My opinion is biased as a Piston fan, but have seen Chauncey win a lot of close big time games. They don’t call him Mr. Big Shot for nothing.

6. Deron Williams: Williams leads the next generation of point guards. Jerry Sloan and the Utah Jazz’s pick-and-roll offense may have helped Williams improve his decision-making more than any third-year guy around.

Who would have thought this guy would be so good, but he is and will only get better. He has everything, but blazing speed.

7. Chris Paul: The possible second coming of Isiah Thomas. Once his jump shot improves, he’ll move up the list with a bullet.

Find this guy a good team and watch out!

8. Andre Miller: Very underrated and underappreciated. His weight fluctuation from season to season is a knock against him. But when he’s in great shape, he’s among the better point guards.

Talented, but seems unhappy. Often doesn’t seem to push himself. Needs to find the right team to play for.

9. T.J. Ford: His lack of size hurts and keeps him from being a better defender and having a more dominant presence on the floor.

Flashes of brilliance, but can be overpowered on D. Needs to stay healthy. Great speed and ball control.

10. Raymond Felton: My sleeper pick and a diamond in the rough. Playing with so many other young players could somewhat stunt his development. He needs a couple of fundamentally sound vets lining up next to him.

Uhh, don’t know what to make of this one?

Hey, where is my Stephon Marbury? Oh, this was not the top 10 selfish point guards?

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8 opinions for Top 10 NBA Point Guards

  • kuentin1
    Dec 21, 2007 at 6:31 am

    Where is suposed to be Jose Calderon?

  • james
    Dec 22, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Jose is definitely coming into his own getting his points average over 10 and raising his assists to a very heady 7.9 per game.
    Oddly the NBA page skipped his name on the assist list?

  • Menudo Terremoto Williams
    Dec 22, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Mr. Big Shot?!? A media fabrication. Remember game 7 of the 2005 Finals?

    To be more accurate, Billups is Mr. Big Free Throw.

  • james
    Dec 22, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    If you watch as many Pistons games as myself, you would believe the Mr. Big Shot label. Keep in mind, Chauncey was shooting for a contract on that miss. You could even see him leaning.
    And you are right, the guy is an amazing free throw shooter.

  • Kyle
    Dec 23, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Raymond Felton is a top five point guard in the NBA if you give him a team like the Suns, Mavs, or Spurs.

  • Deron Williams robbed, Chris Paul paid back
    Feb 5, 2008 at 8:38 am

    […] Top 10 NBA point guards […]

  • yo
    Apr 16, 2008 at 10:54 am

    C paul is tops. I’m getting overdosed on the nash thing.

  • james
    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Hard to deny that at this point. It seems for some people you have to have longevity to qualify.

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