The point guard position is as deep as ever in the NBA, with some of the most talented players in recent memory all running the point at the same time, and we’ve been lucky enough to witness it all.
This was a difficult list to make, as there’s a plethora of talent in the point guard pool right now. But I was able to narrow the list down to five, so here’s the top 5 floor generals in the association today:
#5 John Wall
Wall’s rare mix of size and speed at the point guard position is complimented with his court vision and ability to read games, which makes him a game changer in a variety of ways.
The 3-time all star specializes in getting teammates involved, averaging over 10 assists per game this past season, and locking down opposing point guards on the defensive end. His explosiveness getting to the basket opens up the rest of the offense, and he’s only a consistent jumpshot away from finding himself even higher on this list.
#4 Kyrie Irving
If this list were solely based on regular season performance, Kyrie wouldn’t even come close to making the cut. But if this list were based solely on postseason performance, Kyrie would find himself at #1, and by quite some distance.
Prior to the 2016 playoffs, questions were asked about Irving’s defense and his effectiveness when the ball wasn’t in his hand. He answered those questions emphatically during the Cavs’ playoff run, playing inspired defense throughout, and of course, averaging over 25 points per game at an impressive 48% clip.
Kyrie’s domination of two time MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors was to many Irving’s “coming out party”. But to that watched the entire playoffs, it was simply a continuation of his performances through the entire postseason. He showcased his ability to score from anywhere on the floor, all while chasing Curry around the court on defense.
#3 Chris Paul
Chris Paul wasn’t as talked about as most of the other top players in the league this season due to the fact that unfortunately, we’re starting the take this man’s greatness for granted.
It was yet another 20 points and 10 assist season for CP3, and once again, his efficiency and control of games was unparalleled, which is exactly what you’re looking for in your point guard.
Paul is still undoubtedly the best pure floor general out there, as he knows exactly when to slow down or speed up the tempo of games, along with knowing when and where to get teammates involved.
It’s one of the attributes in basketball that can’t be found on the stat-sheet, but it’s arguably more important than any stat out there, evident when the Clippers collapsed after Paul’s injury in their playoff series against Portland.
#2 Russell Westbrook
Hardly a traditional point guard, the reckless abandon that Westbrook plays with results in him stuffing the stat-sheet on a nightly basis.
Westbrook averaged a gaudy 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists this season, and finished 4th in the MVP voting, ahead of teammate Kevin Durant.
Choking a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals was a tough way to end a fantastic season, but the Thunder are revamped, and Westbrook will no doubt be gunning for the #1 spot when the season tips off this October.
#1 Steph Curry
Despite a horror show in this year’s Finals, Curry was still far and away the league’s best point guard this season.
Knocking in threes at a rate we’ve never seen before, along with some of the best passing in the business landed him his second consecutive MVP award, and a scoring title to boot.
The only flaw in his game is that he becomes too reliant on the long ball, and that’s what came back to bite him in the end. But he’ll be back next season, and will be looking to 3-peat the MVP award, something only Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird have done. Some company he’d join.
Just Missed the Cut: Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry