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Top 15 Point Guards Of All Time

Top 15 Point Guards Of All Time

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In today’s countdown, we round off the top 15 point guards of all time. These floor generals are considered the best that the game has ever seen. The position of ‘point guard’ has been interpreted in many ways by players across the world. Some players pass first, others score first, others defend first. Whatever style, the position is considered the most competitive as it’s for the smallest players. So lets see who is in the top 15…

15. Mark Jackson

The 17 year career of Mark Jackson saw him average over 10 assists in his rookie season! He played alongside Patrick Ewing with the Knicks and Reggie Miller with the Pacers. Unfortunately for Jackson, he played during the Jordan era and never won a championship. However, he did finish his career with over 10,000 assists and is ranked 4th on the all-time assist list. One of the best distributors and floor generals that the league has seen.

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14. Russell Westbrook

The most explosive player the league has ever seen. He has an endless motor and his ability to do pretty much everything is the reason he makes this list. Westbrook is currently averaging a triple-double for this season! That is incredible! Every night he scores, passes, grabs boards and defends at an extraordinary rate. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is an example of a true leader. You follow his lead.

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13. Chris Paul

The best point guard of the past ten years. Although Chris Paul has never made a Conference final, his ability to be a floor general and run a team is unbelievable. His basketball IQ is unmatched in the league, his defense is excellent and he gets the best out of his teammates. He will undoubtedly be a Hall Of Famer whether he ever wins a championship or not.

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12. Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier

Clyde Frazier is considered one of the best two-way players the game has seen. He guided the Knicks to two titles, and made seven all-defensive teams, as well as seven all-star teams. He put the Knicks on the map with his exciting offence and tough defense. His energy took his team to another level. An excellent leader.

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11. Gary Payton

The leagues best two-way player ever, as well as the best trash talker. Payton could get in the head of any player.  He made nine all-defensive teams, and was the first Point Guard to win the Defensive Player Of The Year award. He also scored 21,000 points in his career, and carried the Sonics to the finals in 1996 where they lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. He finally won a title as a role player in 2006 with the Miami Heat which caps off an amazing career for Payton.

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10. Nate Archibald

The only player in history to lead the league in both points and assists in the same season! He averaged 34 points and 11 assists per game back in 1973. He won a championship in 1981 with the Boston Celtics but his career was cut short due to an unfortunate Achilles tear. One of the best offensive point guards to play the game.

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9. Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas was the floor general for one of the great teams in NBA history, the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys” teams, that won back to back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. Thomas was a fiery competitor, and the passion he played with is what separated him from other players in the NBA during his career. Thomas was snubbed from the the 1992 Olympic’s “Dream Team” because he and Michael Jordan had such an animosity towards each other.

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8. Jerry West

“The Logo” Jerry West was an NBA Champion, a 14 time All-Star, ten time All-NBA First team selection, four time All-Defensive team selection, NBA scoring champion and an  NBA assist leader. His career averages of 27 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 7.0 APG were arguably the best ever put up by a point guard when he retired in 1974. West will be remembered forever, as he is the figure depicted on the logo of the NBA, cementing his iconic status.

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7. Jason Kidd

“J-Kidd” was a great do it all type player during his career, having over 100 career triple doubles is a good indication of how versatile he was as a player. He ranks second all-time in both, career assists, and steals, trailing only John Stockton in both of those categories. Kidd was able to capture a championship late in his career, when he helped Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks conquer the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Kidd finished the season as one of the top ten assist leaders for a record 16th time. Kidd also finished his career with over 17,000 points, 12,000 assists, and 8,700 rebounds.

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6. Steve Nash

Steve Nash is the only point guard, besides Magic Johnson, to capture two league MVP trophies. Nash was the maestro for one of the league’s most high powered offenses during his time with the Phoenix Suns. Nash led the NBA is assists five times, and ranks in the top ten all-time in assists per game, career assists, free-throw percentage, and three point percentage. Nash was a dead-eye shooter as well as a magnificent passer, he is a four time member of the exclusive 50-40-90 club, earned by shooting above 50% from the field, 40% from 3-point range, and 90% from the free-throw line in, four different seasons.

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5. Stephen Curry

Steph Curry has only been in the NBA since 2009, yet he has already put together a Hall of Fame career. Curry has revolutionized the game with his ability to make shots off the dribble and in spot up situations. Curry is a back to back MVP, an NBA champion; and won 73 games with the Warriors last season. Curry has set the record for most 3-point shots made in a single season, and hold the three greatest single season 3-point totals already. Curry is not just a great shooter, his career high for assists was in the 2013-14 season, when he averaged 8.5 assists per game.

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4. Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy was the “godfather” of the point guard position. During his time with the Boston Celtics, Cousy helped lead the team to six NBA Championships, winning one MVP Award along the way; during that stretch he also led the NBA in assists eight times. Cousy was the originator of the behind-the-back pass, and many other modern day “flashy” plays. Cousy also holds the record for most assists in a half with 19, and is second all-time with his 28 assists in a single game.

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3. John Stockton

John Stockton is without question one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game of basketball. He is a ten time All-Star, and he led the league in assists nine times; five of those efforts are NBA record breaking assist seasons. Teamed with Karl Malone, Stockton helped the Utah Jazz to the playoffs every year of his career, including two trips to the NBA finals, however, he was never able to capture a Championship. Stockton retired as, and still is, the all-time career leader in assists and steals. Stockton also averaged a double double for his career with 13 PPG and 10.5 APG.

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2. Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson is statistically the greatest player to ever play the position of point guard. When he came into the NBA, he averaged 30 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 9.7 APG his rookie season. He followed that up by averaging a triple-double during his sophomore season,  and was snubbed for league MVP the same year; the honors went to Bill Russell. From 1960-1968 Robertson was the only player to win the MVP Award, other than Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. During his first five seasons in the NBA, Robertson averaged a triple-double as he accumulated over 180 triple doubles in his career, an all-time record. Robertson also was an NBA Champion in 1971, when he teamed with Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabar.

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1. Erving ‘Magic’ Johnson

Magic was a revolutionary point man, he was the first point guard with legitimate height (6-foot-9) to dominate the game of basketball. Johnson helped lead the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships during the 1980s with some help from a great team. Johnson’s court vision was uncanny, and his teams’ fast paced offense played perfectly for his passing abilities. In his rookie season Magic won the NBA championship, and was named the NBA Finals MVP when he helped fill in for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabar. Johnson finished his career with the highest assist per game average of all-time (11.2), and Magic is a three time league Most Valuable Player, as well as a three time finals MVP. He also finished his career with 138 triple-doubles, which puts him as second all-time in that category, but first all-time for the purposes of this list.

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