Ranking the starting point guards in the NBA from 2013-14: #5-1.

5. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: even though Lillard has only been in the league for two years, he has already showed that he has the skills to be one of the best lead guards in the entire NBA.  He can score from inside and out as well as step up and take the big shot whenever the situation calls for.  He also did plenty of damage from the free-throw line where he shot 87.1 percent on 5.2 attempts per game, according to basketball-reference.com.

On the season, he averaged 20.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 82 games to earn third-team all-NBA.

4. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns: Dragic made the biggest jump of any point guard in the NBA a season ago.  In fact, he made the biggest jump of any player in the entire league to earn the most improved player award.  The biggest part of his growth as a player came from his increased ability to shot the ball from all over the floor.  He is a great finisher around the rim as well as one of the best shooters in the midrange.

On the season, he averaged 20.3 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the floor, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 76 games to earn third-team all-NBA.

3. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs: Parker had nowhere near the best statistical regular season of his impressive career because reduced minutes, but still showed that he is one of the game’s elite floor generals.  He made his third straight all-star game and sixth in nine years after he led the  world champion Spurs in scoring and assists.

On the season, he averaged 16.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 68 games to earn second-team all-NBA.

2. Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors: Curry made his first all-star game after he finished in the top 10 in the league in free-throw shooting (88.5 percent), assists (666), three-point field goal percentage (42.4) and points (1873).  To go along with his excellent shooting from the outside, he also shot better than 50 percent on his two-point field goal attempts as he set a personal high in points-per-game.

On the season, he averaged 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 78 games to earn second-team all-NBA.

1. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: as good as the year was for some fantastic point guards, there was no question who the leader of the pack was in ’13-14.  Paul made the all-star game for the seventh consecutive season after he led the league in assists and steals per game, according to Basketball-reference.com.  He also added first-team all-NBA and all-defensive first-team honors to his trophy case after he led the Clippers to 57 wins.

For the season, he averaged 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 2.5 steals in 62 games.


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