We are just over a quarter a way through the season. Here are my top 5 point guards as of today. Let me be clear, this will not be a list of the top scoring guards. They may be on the list, but this is a list of PG’s who do what a PG is supposed to do: run the offense, be an extension of the coach, and distribute the ball. Without further ado, here you go.
- Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors): A real no-brainer with this one. Here’s a guy who averaging 32 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, not to forget his 2 steals. Some pretty impressive numbers right there. It is no wonder he won MVP last season. Such a great player and shooter, and look for him to continue these numbers. The points may go down, but if they do, then look for that assist number to grow.
- Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers): I mean c’mon, if he’s not on your list, you should slap yourself (I’ll gladly do it for you if you don’t want to). The quintessential pick & roll maestro that can hit you with the pull up jumper, floater, or a nice lob to DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin. His numbers of 17 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals are impressive for anyone, let alone for a point guard in the loaded western conference.
- John Wall (Washington Wizards): GO GO GO! That is what this guy wants to do, and rightfully so. By far one of the fastest players in the league and one of the better finishers at the rim of this group. John Wall is the guy you want running an up-tempo offense lie he does in our nation’s capital. Currently putting up 20 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals per game, Wall has greatly improved his whole game since his rookie year. What I really love is his improved jump shot. This will allow him to blow by defenders and also prolong his career.
- Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder): The triple-double machine. If Wall is one of the best, then Russ is the best rim finisher of ALL the point guards. Ya heard it here! He wants to GO just like Wall, but what separates him from other PG’s is his rebounding game (7.1 as of today). That’s better than some big guys (Don’t even get me started). Let’s not forget his 26 point and 9 assist per night averages. Wait for Durant to sit out a game, and I can guarantee a triple-double from him.
- Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies): What? Who is this guy? Well honestly, he is probably the most underrated point guard in the league. Why is that? Because he does what is needed of the position. He runs the ground & pound Memphis offense, plays consistent defense, and DOES NOT TURN THE BALL OVER (Only 1.7 per game). His numbers won’t jump out at you (14 points, 6 assists, and a steal), but when it comes to doing the job and doing it VERY WELL, Mike Conley is your guy.