Being a point guard always will be in my eyes, one of the most important positions in the sport of hoops. As a starting point guard, you are the one who keeps the engine running smoothly, the chemistry flowing, you are the team’s director, and catalyst, the “quarterback” on the basketball court. To be the best, you have to get the best out of your guys, and make them better. And to me, these are unquestionably those guys who bring it every single night, and show up for their teams as the best of the best.
5-Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, 21 PPG, 6 APG, 3 TOV/GM. He can handle the ball, passes well, and shoots extraordinary. He is an ideal mix of distributor on the team, with additional scoring options, but can also light it up when it gets kicked back out to him is his big man is double teamed. His deep ball is deadly lethal (46%). He doesn’t force shots, letting them come naturally to him.
4- Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers, 19 PPG, 9 APG, 4 TOV/GM. With versatile Evan Turner establishing himself as a scorer (14 ppg), Holiday will make a good 1-2 punch for the Sixers for years to come. Tends to have games where he can try to do too much, but he has heart and knows how to win. Holiday is also a very good rebounding PG, snagging 4.2/game, with 11 games with 6 or more rebounds already on the season.
3- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, 24 PPG, 5 APG, 4 TOV/GM. The Cavs, who authentically have nothing else for them on offense, have to lean on the 20 year old PG to score, as well as distribute. He brings scoring to a team that lacks an additional serious scoring threat. Kid can straight shoot the rock, very silky shot, from all over the court. Once they get 1 more piece to the team, and/or if Tristan Thompson turns into the player I think he can be, Irving could be a 20/10 guy, easily.
2- Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, 20 PPG, 7 APG, 3 TOV/GM. An aging team, with maybe 1 last run in them, without Parker, they make no such push. His speed and his driving ability are still his meat and potatoes. Parker constantly comes up big when needed, whether due to a teammate’s injury or time running out in the game, Parker makes things happen.
1- Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 17 PPG, 9 APG, 2 TOV/GM. He is the cog who gets them moving. He brings first-rate defense, a low volume shooter, who picks his spots wisely. CP3 was an MVP candidate a few years back, and is playing to his MVP-like status again this year, with 11 games where he scored 16 or more and also had 10+ assists in same game. The Clippers struggle to win without him in the lineup, which has been proven repeatedly, he is undeniably the main man behind “Lob City”
Where they exactly fit or align in your eyes is of course, up to you. But in the end, these, to me, are the best on the court today. The game has distinctly changed in so many ways over the years, players have gotten bigger, faster, undoubtedly stronger, but the little PG still has to show up and get things done on the court, and get his team winning games.
Written by Tony Karpinski of VegasTopDogs.com