In anticipation of the start of the NBA season I thought it would be fun to look back and see who had the best year at each position before I put out my preseason rankings of the same kind.
The point guard position was the deepest of any in the NBA in 2013-14 even though some of the best lead guards spent plenty of time on the shelf with significant injuries. The likes of former all-stars Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and Jrue Holiday all missed serious time which no doubt changed these rankings in a big way. While these greats didn’t have the kind of year that they were hoping for, a handful of other guys stepped up to make the position the best it has been in a while.
With that in mind, here is a look at the best season by a point guard in 2013-14.
These rankings are based on numerous factors, including plenty of advanced stats to go along with offensive production and defensive ability.
30. Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls: Hinrich started the season coming off the bench but took over the role as the Bulls’ starting point guard after the loss of Derrick Rose. While his offensive production has dropped over the last few years, he can still run the show and is a solid defender.
On the season, he averaged 9.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 71 games.
29. Raymond Felton, New York Knicks: Felton took a huge step back while running the offense for the Knicks and was one of the big reasons why New York missed the playoffs. He really struggled to shoot the ball (28th in effective field goal percentage among starting point guards) on his way to a career low in points per game.
On the season, he averaged 9.7 points, three rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 65 games.
28. Trey Burke, Utah Jazz: Burke had quite the learning experience running the offense for the rebuilding Jazz. He struggled to shoot the ball from all over the floor and was a liability on defense.
On the season, he averaged 12.8 points, three rebounds and 5.7 assists in 70 appearances.
27. Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat: Although Chalmers had one of his best seasons since he came into the league, he was still nothing more than a bit piece for the Heat.
On the season, he averaged 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 73 games.
26. Kendall Marshall, Los Angeles Lakers: although Marshall didn’t land with the Lakers until December, he stepped in and became one of the best passing guards in the league. The reason he lands at 26 on the list is because that is about the only thing he does well as a point guard. While he made substantial improvement with his outside jumper, he doesn’t look to score very often.
For the season, he averaged eight points, 2.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 54 games.