One of the favorite discussions I used to get in to with my brothers and my buddies was, who the best players are right now. We would have hour-long conversations arguing who we would rather have if we were starting a team ourselves. When we talked about point guards I always had Steve Nash as the guy I would start my team with. Even though I was extremely biased I was right for a couple of seasons as shown by his two MVPs. Now that Nash no longer belongs on this list I can be totally objective and do one that is based totally on the facts.
I’m sure this list will shift dramatically with every game Derrick Rose plays this season. He’s not the only one who makes the list while coming back from injury. Rondo and Westbrook are coming back from knee injuries as well. Since Rondo’s was an ACL and is a much longer rehab, his spot is also lower than it would be.
10. Jrue Holiday- Holiday had a breakout season in 2012-13, scoring 17.7 points to go along with 8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game before he was promptly traded. Holiday had a very bright future with the Sixers but they apparently thought that Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams were more to their liking. It may work out for Holiday in the long run. The Pelicans have far more talent right now and it will show in Holiday’s assist numbers. With so many weapons, his scoring will surely drop but that shouldn’t change his value.
9. Rajon Rondo- Rondo’s season ended abruptly in the middle of last season when he tore his ACL. When the injury happened, Rondo was having one of his best seasons to date, averaging 13.7 points to go along with an NBA leading 11.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. With all the Celtics
off-season moves Rondo will have to prove that he is ready to be the focal point of Boston’s future. If he can’t do that he will be playing the rest his career somewhere else. As a Boston fan, I hope that he can be the leader they need because he needs to finish his career in Celtics green. If Rondo comes back healthy from his knee injury, he will jump back up this list in quick fashion.
8. Damian Lillard- the Rookie of the Year is poised to have another great season in Portland. Lillard exploded on the scene from day one last season and never slowed down. Lillard led the NBA in minutes and finished with averages of 19 points, 6.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and almost a steal a game. Those numbers are sure to improve as Lillard plays his second year.
7. Derrick Rose- Rose was close to the top of this list just a year ago before a freak knee injury in the 2012 playoffs changed all that. Rose missed all of last season rehabbing and was criticized for not getting back on the court in a timely manner. Even with that said Rose still deserves to be on this list. He was the MVP of the league in 2011 and is still just 24 years old. There is no doubt that will Rose will bounce back this year now that he is totally healthy.
6. Deron Williams- Williams has been sliding ever since he was traded to the Nets because of an ailing wrist, but he is still a great point guard. Even though he struggled mightily with his outside shot, Williams still managed to average 18.9 points, to go along with 7.7 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal a game. Now that his wrist is 100 percent, Williams should be on track for a huge year. With the additions of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, Williams finally has the chance to be the leader of a championship caliber team.
5. Kyrie Irving- Irving only has two year’s experience in the league but is already a top flight point guard. Irving put up monster numbers in what would have been his junior year at Duke, when he averaged 22.5 points, 6.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game. With a couple more top flight weapons on the roster, Irving is poised for another monster season and a chance at making the playoffs for the first time in his young career.
4. Steph Curry- at the beginning of last season no one was sure if Curry would ever make it in the NBA because of his severe ankle problems. Funny the difference a year makes. Curry showed that while healthy, he could be a star guard on a blossoming playoff team. Curry averaged career highs in points and assists, while breaking the NBA record for three-pointers made in a season.
3. Russell Westbrook- Westbrook still isn’t the pass first point guard that everyone wants him to be, but we’ve learned from his knee injury in last year’s playoffs, that he is a huge part of Oklahoma City’s success. Westbrook is one of the most explosive point guards the league has ever seen. He can get to the rim whenever he wants and finishes in dynamic fashion. Westbrook also has an improving outside game that will make him totally unguardable. Even with a suspect jumper, Westbrook put up huge numbers last year, averaging 23.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game.
2. Tony Parker- Parker always seems to fall through the cracks on lists like this. He isn’t the most explosive, the best scorer or a great defender but what Parker knows is what it takes to win. Parker has been the starting point guard of three championship teams and was the catalyst of a team that pushed the Heat to seven games in the 2013 NBA Finals. Parker had one of his best statistical seasons in 2012-13, when he averaged 20.3 points, 7.6 assists, 3 rebounds and almost a steal a game.
1. Chris Paul- Paul has been a great point guard from the moment he stepped on an NBA court back in 2005 and he will be for years to come. Paul’s minutes, points and assists have all gone down since he joined the Clippers but that hasn’t changed his status as the league’s best point guard. Paul has figured out what it means to be a team leader and is primed to push the Clippers to all new heights.