Kimani: Magic Johnson is in my opinion the greatest leader in NBA history and I want leadership at the point guard position. With Magic running the show, you know that he will get everyone else on the team involved. It also helps that at 6’9″ he is perhaps the most versatile player at his position ever (although Oscar Robertson might have an argument there).
Adam: When you are a point guard with the vision and shooting ability that Magic had and then add in that you patrol the floor at 6’9” you present matchup problems for every team you face. He was one of, if not the best natural passers the game has ever seen. Add in five championships and three MVP awards and he is my man.
Rich: There are so many choices here – Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, and many others. However, Magic Johnson is the way to go. He simply could do it all on a court. He was big enough to play center if needed but talented enough to be the floor general. No disrespect to Oscar or West, but you have to go with Magic.
JR: Johnson was the ultimate point guard and team player. You might not find another player in the history of the game who could play multiple positions with the same efficiency as Ervin Magic Johnson. With Johnson on your team you have a point guard who can get other players involved in the game, and at 6 feet 9 inches tall you have a player who out-sized the average NBA guard. Johnson was one of the greatest passers in the game; I’m not sure if the NBA will see another player who can pass, score, and penetrate in the same fashion as Magic Johnson.
Derek: West was the complete package. A guy who played hard on both ends of the floor and filled out the stat sheet every night. West was extremely versatile and had the ability to play both guard positions. He had an unwaverable confidence and earned himself the nickname Mr. Clutch for his constant knack of making big plays at crunch time. Whenever the Lakers needed a big shot, the ball was almost always in West’s hands. West is 16th on the all-time scoring list with just over 25,000 points and could be higher but did not have the luxury of the three point shot in his career. West was a 14-time All-Star, NBA Finals MVP, 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and a – time All-NBA Defensive First Team. West has a 27 PPG career average and a 29.1 PPG average in the postseason which is top-5 in both categories. Anything there is to do on a basketball court, West did; aside from hitting a three, because well, that was impossible in his day.
Sammie: Detroit Pistons Could do anything that was needed to win. He could shoot three, get in the paint and shoot free throws. He joined a last place Pistons team and took them to the finals, back to back.
The point guard for Sports Unbiased’s NBA All-Time Starting 5 is Magic Johnson with four votes!
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