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Ranking the NBA’s 10 best: Point Guards

With the NBA season over and the Lockout looming, we thought we’d take a look at the 10 best players at each position, starting with the Point Guards. So, without any further ado, here’s some one love with HoopnHolla’s top 10 Point Guards:

10. Jason Kidd

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Jason Kidd is finally an NBA Champion. Photo: Keith Allison via Flickr

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7.9 8.2 4.4

1.7

At age 38, Jason Kidd is far from the dominant Point Guard he was at his magnificent best. At the peak of his powers, he was putting up an average stat line of 19 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals and was a threat to go off for a triple double any night. However, this season, averaging eight points and eight assists, which was a far cry from his pomp, Kidd quarterbacked the Mavericks to the NBA title and cemented his place in the hall of fame.

9. Raymond Felton

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Can Felton take his good form to Portland? Photo: Ytoyoda/Flickr

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15.5 8.3 3.6

1.7

Being drafted at number 5 in 2005, right after Deron Williams and Chris Paul, it would have been easy to forget about Raymond Felton. He didn’t exactly stand out under coach Larry Brown in Charlotte, putting up nice numbers of 14ppg and 6.5apg, but nothing standout like Paul and Williams. However, being traded to the NY Knicks and a chance to star in Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun offence really helped Felton’s numbers explode, as he averaged 17ppg and 9apg, with a couple of steals and suddenly that number 5 pick potential was showing through. The trade to Denver for Carmelo Anthony was unfortunate, as the Knicks should have tried to hang on to him. Now that Felton is in Portland, it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue his good form from New York, or if he sinks back in to the nice numbers territory that he was in with Charlotte.

8. John Wall

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Far from hitting the wall, JW's carreer is just beginning. Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

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16.4 8.3 4.6

1.8

John wall has been inspired this season. The number one pick may have lost out to Blake Griffin’s high wire act for Rookie of the Year honours, but Wall had a season even better than either Deron Williams, Chris Paul or Derrick Rose did in their Rookie seasons. That’s quite scary seems Wall is doing it on a 23-59 team that only won 3 road games all season. Assuming he continues to learn the nuances of the point, then John Wall is going to be one of the top 3 guards in the league very soon.

7. Tony Parker

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Tony Parker has made a living getting to the rim. Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

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17.5 6.6 3.1

1.2

Ten years on from being the number 28 pick in the draft and Tony Parker is still one of the best. Not a natural point guard, Parker is more of a scorer and his speed is still his best asset, as he gets to the rim at will. His assist numbers this season were almost at their highest in his career, as San Antonio have become more of a jump shooting team this season. What’s not in question are his three Championship rings and the fact that he quarterbacked the Spurs to the best record in the Western Conference his season.

6. Steve Nash

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Steve Nash is still awesome! Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

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14.7 11.4 3.4

0.6

At age 37, Steve Nash may be getting a bit long in the tooth now, however he still has plenty of bite when it comes to the top NBA Point Guards. His numbers may not be what they were at the peak of his NBA Powers – 18.6ppg, 11.6apg, 1.5spg, which is just incredible – but the 15 year veteran still lead the league in assists this season with a whopping 11.4 per game. Maybe a swan song will still exist with Nash getting a trade to a Championship contender, as the two-time league MVP deserves a title to complete his resume.

5. Russell Westbrook

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Love him or loathe him? Photo: Keith Allison via Flickr

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21.9 8.2 4.6

1.9

Russell Westbrook has had an up and down year. In the regular season we loved his up-tempo play, however, the Playoffs were a different story, as he was criticised for ball hogging, bad shot selection and not recognising his role on the team. Westbrook is only in his third season and has got better each year as he is learning to become a natural Point Guard. He is a triple double threat every night and, like Derrick Rose, once he develops an outside shot, his game will go to the next level.

4. Rajon Rondo

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Rajon Rondo makes the Celtics go! Photo: Keith Allison via Flickr

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10.6 11.2 4.4

2.3

Rajon Rondo doesn’t score as much as other Point Guards on the list, but he is at number 4, as he just makes the Celtics go. Everything good comes from Rondo’s defense, distribution and running of the offense. On a 56 win team, that has won a Championship in 2009 and got to the Finals in 2010, that can’t be ignored. The Celtics may be showing signs off ageing, but Rondo remains the fuel which perks this team up. Ironically it was when his good buddy Perk left the team that his form dipped, but watch out for Rondo to burn brightly next season.

3. Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose carries the Bulls. Photo: Keith Allison via Flickr

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25.0 7.7 4.1

1.0

Derrick Rose won the league’s MVP as he pretty much dragged the Bulls in to the Playoffs single-handed. Rose’s 25 points per game was the league’s best among point guards and he is able to get to the basket at will with his blazing speed. Rose’s assist numbers are down on the league’s best Point Guards, but are on the rise year-on-year through his first three seasons – get some more scorers around him and watch them balloon. The outside shot, whilst improving, still needs some work. However, Derrick Rose has increased his accuracy from 22% to 26% to 32% over his first three seasons, signs that he is developing his outside game. Once he is able to consistently knock down an outside shot, he will be pretty much unstoppable.

2. Deron Williams

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Deron Williams, the start of something big in New Jersey? Photo: Majdi Achour/Flickr

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20.1 10.3 4.0

1.2

Splitting between Chris Paul and Deron Williams for the top spot is a tough decision. Williams went one spot ahead of Chris Paul in 2005 draft, but he is just one half pace behind him on the court. D-Will has been outstanding again this season, and like a fine wine, he just gets better and better at the point position. Utah didn’t want to see him leave for nothing in 2012 and so he was traded to New Jersey mid-season, where he may be waiting for Dwight Howard to join him next summer.

1. Chris Paul

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Chris Paul will be the most prized asset in 2012. Photo: Keith Allison/Flickr

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15.9 9.8 4.1

2.4

A year on from missing half the season, Chris Paul is getting back to his best, averaging almost 16 points and 10 assists per game this season. The sixth year man out of Wake Forest showed he is top of the point guard class with his performance in the Playoffs against the LA Lakers. Paul torched them for 22 points and 11.5 assists per game, as the Hornets won two games when they were supposed to be swept. Chris Paul put on a clinic in that series, showing that without David West he makes everyone on his team better. On a good team, just how destructive he can be, can only be speculated upon. However, we may not have long to wait, as he will be the most prized asset in the next big free agent summer of 2012, and New Orleans will struggle to hold on to him.

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