So far during the NBA season we delivered our rankings and opinions on the top point guards in both the Eastern and Western Conference. According to our polls, Kyle Lowry lead the way for the East while Stephen Curry lead the way among all point guards in the West.
This time around we decided to mix things up a bit, as we will discuss the best pure point guards in the NBA. The players defined on this list are the most impactful for their team, and from a leadership standpoint, they control the flow of the game. Most if not all of the players on this list are highly effective at pushing the tempo while being directly responsible for a high percentage of offensive conversions. These guys are the best at what they do– they score, defend, pass, penetrate, and are the engine that drives the team. They are the best pure point guards in the NBA.
Sauping R. Arguello, Jr. Williams, and Bobby Bourhis round-off todays discussion.
Sauping R. Arguello – Top Pure Point Guards
Sauping R. Arguello: That’s a REALLY tough choice considering the emphasis on PURE point guard. There are several very good point guards but most have a weakness that cannot make them a clear cut favorite. It’s a very tight race. This is my order and it can change within a few games.
1. Chris Paul – Probably the best all around pg. He passes first, shoots, drives, defends. Him and Westbrook are probably the most competitive of all pgs.
2. Stephen Curry – Has the entire offensive arsenal.. Best shooting pg by far, excellent dribbler, good passer. His defense needs work.
3. Tony Parker – His numbers don’t jump off the screen (most S.A. Players don’t because of their philosophy) but he is one of the most proven pgs of all having won three championships and one finals MVP.
4. Russell Westbrook – Best scoring pg and most explosive. Not really a PURE pg so I can’t really rate him higher. Great competitor.
5. Derrick Rose – If he didn’t have those injuries to his knees he’d most likely be the clear #1. Has all the pure pg components. Was just as explosive as Westbrook before injuries and still has it. His shot was his weakness but it’s much improved. Durability is questioned.
6. Damian Lillard – Very UNDERRATED. Has the entire offensive arsenal. Second best shooting pg after Curry. Makes big shots. Defense needs work.
7. John Wall – Maybe the quickest pg with the ball. A pure pg. Fast, big, strong, explosive. His shot has improved but needs more consistency.
8. Kyrie Irving – Has the potential to be great but needs a lot of work. Too much dribbling and isolation, and needs to create more for teammates.
9. Rajon Rondo – Coming off an injury–also a pure pg. One of the better defensive pgs. His shot is still his biggest weakness.
10. Kyle Lowry – Having his best year and his team is at the top of the east. Needs to sustain that play as others have proven
11. Mike Conley – Second most underrated pg. Ironic that I have him at No.11 but he can play with most on this list.
Derron Williams – Injuries have declined his career big time. He had the potential of being best pg. He’s a pure pg, big, strong, fast, good passer. Defense was his weakness.
Kemba Walker – Still young. More like a combo guard. Hits big shots. Quick.
Michael Carter Williams – Good size and youngest of all pgs. Has potential to be very good.
There has been a rebirth of pgs, as there was a shortage about 10 years ago. It’s been a very competitive position.
Bobby Bourhis – Top Pure Point Guards
Bobby Bourhis: The NBA has loads of talent at the point guard position. When talking about “pure” point guards what comes to mind is a pass-first mentality. Players like Steve Nash, John Stockton, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul and others fit the mold. In addition to the passing skills, a pure point has to be able to defend his position at an elite level. Currently, John Wall is leading the league in assists per game at 10.4 but Ty Lawson and Rajon Rondo are close behind at 10.3 per game.
Guys like Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook are primarily scoring point guards. Therefore, despite their elite talent, these players do not have the skill-set to compete with the likes of Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo in this discussion.
Really what this debate comes down to is a comparison between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo. Rondo is the better rebounder and debatably the better defender, but Paul is a tougher competitor and much better scorer. Given Paul’s sustained excellence throughout his career, and his better overall skill-set, I give Chris Paul the edge over Rajon Rondo.
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Jr. Williams – Top Pure Point Guards
1. Chris Paul – One of the most consistent point guards in the NBA since he entered the league in 2005. Paul is the ultimate x-factor when It comes to impactful players for a team. Without him, the Clippers would be a subpar ball-club. Chris Paul is the blueprint of a point guard in todays game. When his career finally draws to an end, he will be one of the greatest guards to ever play in the NBA.
2. Derrick Rose – MVP award winner and quite arguably the second best player ever to wear a Chicago Bulls uniform. When Rose is healthy, he’s without a doubt the most explosive guard the play the game. The Bulls will only go as far as he can take them.
3. Tony Parker – 4-time NBA Champion and one of the most crafty players in the league over the course of the last 10 years. Parker is the type of player opponents cringe at the thought of defending against for 48 minutes. A master at pick-and-roll conversions, Parker’s Basketball IQ and ability to finish at the basket is what makes him one of the greatest guards of All-time.
4. John Wall – Injuries over the past few seasons kept Wall under the radar of many, however, over the last two seasons he has molded himself into a bonafide superstar in the league. You’d be hard pressed to find a guard who can score, assists, rebound, and defend. The prince of the pick-pocket is also averaging a career high two steals per game. One of the best pgs in east, Wall’s style and finesse draws fans from across the globe.
5. Rajon Rondo – I’d have to agree with Sau; injuries have kept Rondo from ranking among the top point guards over the past 2-3 seasons, but when healthy he’s superior when it comes to assist and involving other players in the offense. Like Tony Parker, Rondo is crafty and effective when finishing around the basket. When its all said and done, if he can stay in the league another eight years or more, Rondo could be among the NBA All-time assist leaders.
6. Kyle Lowry – His game has progressed virtually every season, and most Toronto fans will flat out tell you he’s the heart and soul of the Raptors. Lowry is another big time assist player, while his offensive weaponry includes the ability to shoot from deep and score during crunch time. Lowry could be the best Raptors point guard since Damon Stoudamire.
7. Mike Conley Jr. – He runs the show for the Grizzlies, but his ability to finish at the rim with either hand rivals the skill-set of most superstars in league. Defensively, Conley is a pain in the ass, he makes life difficult and he knows it. He’s not the most flashy guard in the league, but he knows how to win, as defined by his 5th potential playoffs appearance.
8. Ty Lawson – Overshadowed by hybrid guards such as Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, Ty Lawson is largely part of the reason the Denver Nuggets aren’t one the worst teams in the Western Conference. Head coach Brian Shaw isn’t exactly helping them flourish, however, Lawson has managed to average a career high 10.2 apg, better than ANY player in the west right now.
9. Jeff Teague – One of the quickest guards in the league in my opinion, and a huge reason the Atlanta Hawks are slowly becoming one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Teague has matured every year by increasing his scoring while finding a way to stay effective distributing the ball. You won’t go a game without hearing Teague-to-Hortford or Teague-to-Millsap for the score– which is why this team experiencing unparalleled success in 2014-2015.
10. Jrue Holiday – Savvy point guard who converts roughly half of his shot attempts per game. Holiday has been a stud since he was a member of the 76ers– the only team in which he experienced a taste of the postseason. Overshadowed by MVP frontrunner Anthony Davis, Holiday continues to make big plays as his team scratches and claws their way into playoffs contention. If the Pelicans manage to make the postseason, Holiday will be the player to watch.