Tag:Ty Lawson
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:10 am
 

Best NBA Point Guards

The new "must have" position in the NBA right now is the point guard position. In the past it was clearly big men but now the style of NBA basketball has changed. It is more uptempo and fast and relies on teams having capable floor generals. There are many great point guards in the league right now and also some to keep an eye on for the future. I have provided different categories ranking the point guards in the NBA.

Elite (Top 7)

1. Derrick Rose
2. Chris Paul
3. Deron Williams
4. Rajon Rondo
5. Russell Westbrook
6. Steve Nash
7. Tony Parker

Next Class (Future Stars)

1. Kyrie Irving
2. Ty Lawson
3. Ricky Rubio
4. Stephen Curry
5. Mike Conley
6. Brandon Jennings
7. John Wall
8. Jeremy Lin
9. Tyreke Evans
10. Jrue Holiday
11. Darren Collison
12. Kemba Walker

Serviceable Veterans

1. Kyle Lowry
2. Andre Miller
3. Jameer Nelson
4. Raymond Felton
5. Jason Kidd
6. Jose Calderon
7. Mo Williams
8. Ramon Sessions
9. Beno Udrih
10. Earl Watson
11. Baron Davis
12. Kirk Hinrich

The Elite list speaks for itself. Its clear that Derrick Rose is the best point guard in the league and that is a lot to say considering the fact that he is ahead of Chris Paul but he has earned that status, he simply does it all and most of all he is winning lots of games. Steve Nash still makes this list considering the fact that he is still leading the league in assists despite the fact that Phoenix is short on talent and the fact that he is now 38 years old. I have Rondo ahead of Westbrook by a hair and that is because of all the intangibles that Rondo provides. He might be the one of the best all around players in the league and for that he deserves to be ahead of Westbrook, though that may not last long with how good Westbrook is playing. Tony Parker is on the list for good reason, anyone who disagrees, I simply ask you to check his statistics. He is so consistent year after year and gets overshadowed by the more glamorous names on the list (side note on Parker is that he has more championships than any other point guard in the league besides Derek Fisher, that has to count for something).

As for the future stars, I think Kyrie Irving is going to be a very good player in this league, maybe even an all-star. He has been very impressive throughout his rookie campaign and he has a great coach in Byron Scott to groom him. Ricky Rubio may be the most exciting player to watch right now. Many basketball fans have had their eyes on him since he was 15 years old playing pro basketball in Spain. Rubio has exceeded my expectations in his first season. When I watched tape on him before the season, I just wasn't sure he would be effective in the NBA. I knew he was good but I thought he would be more of a project than he actually turned out to be. I love his upside and I think Minnesota as team has a very bright future ahead. Brandon Jennings shows flashes of greatness, when he gets hot he is unstoppable. If Jennings could just show more maturity and consistency, I think he has a chance at being an all-star at some point in his career. I am not a huge fan of John Wall, I though he was over-hyped coming out of college and I still think he has a lot of improving to do before he can be considered amongst the best point guards. It seems like he has a Stephon Marbury-like attitude to me. He does not seem to be very encouraging with his teammates and it seems like he just thinks he is better than he actually is in reality and I hope he puts in the work to take his game to the next level because he does have a lot of skills. Unfortunately, the Wizards are a mess and he lacks a mentor that could help him learn certain aspects of the game.

The veterans are basically guys who are either past their prime or are just good enough to give some quality minutes without being an all-star so to speak. Kyle Lowry is enjoying an excellent season and may have the most upside on this list. Felton and Nelson can also both be dangerous if put in the right situations. Andre Miller just knows the game, he has been underrated for years now, yet, he can still make excellent plays.

Overall, with so many point guards in the league and with the position so high in demand. I think it is important to recognize which players can separate themselves from the rest.

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com