July 11, 2012

Ranking NBA Players By Position: Point Guards

#3 Chris Paul, PG, Clippers

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

With the 2011-12 season over, I'll be ranking the best players in the NBA by position. A combination of factors including: season/career averages, efficiency, durability, etc., play a factor.



1. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
19.8 PPG, 9.1 APG, 3.6 RPG, 2.5 SPG, 2.1 TOPG, (48% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
18.8 PPG, 9.8 APG, 4.4 RPG, 2.4 SPG, 2.5 TOPG, (47% FG), (36% 3PT)

Analysis: Chris Paul is an elite point guard. It's hard to think of a reason why he isn't the best point guard in the league. He is probably the quickest point guard in the league, and his ability to score the ball in many ways as well as his play making skills make him tough to guard. When he was in New Orleans, he made his teammates better, and he's doing the same thing for the Clippers. He's an elite distributor of the ball and a consistent 20 and 10 guy.





2. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 209 lbs.
Age: 28 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
21.0 PPG, 8.7 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 4.0 TOPG, (41% FG), (34% 3PT)

Career Averages:
17.6 PPG, 9.2 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 3.2 TOPG, (46% FG), (35% 3PT)

Analysis: If you told me Deron Williams was the best point guard in the league, I wouldn't necessarily disagree. He is probably the best scoring point guard next to Derrick Rose, and averages 18 points and 9 assists per game for his career.





3. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 186 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 6 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
11.9 PPG, 11.7 APG, 4.9 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 3.6 TOPG, (45% FG), (24% 3PT)

Career Averages:
10.8 PPG, 8.1 APG, 4.4 RPG, 1.9 SPG, 2.7 TOPG, (48% FG), (24% 3PT)

Analysis: Rondo is the best passer in the NBA, and he is a tough as they come. His strong personality can be a problem at times, but he runs the point guard position as well as anyone in the league. The gripe about Rondo is that he is a poor offensive player, but he doesn't have to be for Boston. When the big 3 is officially dismantled, he'll have to take on that role.





4. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 190 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 3.4 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 3.1 TOPG, (44% FG), (31% 3PT)

Career Averages:
21.0 PPG, 6.8 APG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 2.9 TOPG, (46% FG), (31% 3PT)

Analysis: Rose is coming off of a torn ACL in the playoffs, so it's tough to project where he'll stand next year. Before the nicks and bumps he suffered this season, he was on his way to becoming an elite point guard in the league, if he's not already there. He has improved as a shooter, and is tough to guard offensively. Does he make his teammates better? Well... the Bulls did fine without him, but there is no doubt he is very important to his team.





5. Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 178 lbs.
Age: 38 | Experience: 16 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.5 PPG, 10.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 0.6 SPG, 3.7 TOPG, (53% FG), (39% 3PT)

Career Averages:
14.5 PPG, 8.6 APG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 2.9 TOPG, (49% FG), (43% 3PT)

Analysis: Nash is still a top 5 point guard in my opinion. For 16 years he has been playing the position the best way possible. He is one of the best shooters in the league, and though he's not going to get you 15 points a game anymore, he can definitely average double-digit assists at this point in his career.





6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 187 lbs.
Age: 23 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
23.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 3.6 TOPG, (46% FG), (32% 3PT)

Career Averages:
19.0 PPG, 6.8 APG, 4.7 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 3.5 TOPG, (43% FG), (29% 3PT)

Analysis: I've been very skeptical of Russell Westbrook, because I know he isn't a true point guard. In the '09 and '10 seasons, he averaged 8 assists per game. He only averaged 5.5 this season, but his importance to the Thunder cannot be overstated. Consistency can be an issue for him as well, but Westbrook is an elite player, but he has to continue to improve as a floor general.





7. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 30 | Experience: 11 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.3 PPG, 7.7 APG, 2.9 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.5 TOPG, (48% FG), (23% 3PT)

Career Averages:
16.8 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.5 TOPG, (49% FG), (31% 3PT)

Analysis: Another point guard with excellent quickness, Tony Parker is a very good point guard. He's come along great over the last 11 years, and he'll be an essential part of San Antonio with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili getting up there in age.





8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 191 lbs.
Age: 20 | Experience: 1 Year


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.5 PPG, 5.4 APG, 3.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 3.1 TOPG, (47% FG), (40% 3PT)

Career Averages:
18.5 PPG, 5.4 APG, 3.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 3.1 TOPG, (47% FG), (40% 3PT)

Analysis: After just one year, Kyrie Irving looks like a top 10 point guard. You may be turned off by the fact he only averaged 5 assists per game, but that's more than enough on a bad team. He led the team in scoring, and will only get better.





9. John Wall, Washington Wizards
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 21 | Experience: 2 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
16.3 PPG, 8.0 APG, 4.5 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 3.9 TOPG, (42% FG), (7% 3PT)

Career Averages:
16.3 PPG, 8.2 APG, 4.6 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 3.8 TOPG, (42% FG), (24% 3PT)

Analysis: John Wall is an elite talent, and has really put up some solid numbers on a bad Wizards team. Why is he so low on this list? He hasn't taken a significant leap yet. In fact, most of his numbers in his second season were slightly worse than in his rookie season. Plus, it's pretty unacceptable for a point guard to shoot 7% from deep. Still, Wall is an exceptional talent, and with rookie Brad Beal joining him in the backcourt, he could see Wall take that huge next step.





10. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 169 lbs.
Age: 22 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
19.1 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 2.2 TOPG, (42% FG), (33% 3PT)

Career Averages:
16.8 PPG, 5.4 APG, 3.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 2.3 TOPG, (39% FG), (35% 3PT)

Analysis: Only 2 turnovers a game for a ball dominant guard? Very impressive. I don't like the fact that Monta Ellis out of all people averaged more assists than Brandon Jennings, but Jennings is a fine young point guard. He is a great scorer, and once he learns how to effectively play the point guard position, he'll be tough to stop.





11. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 180 lbs.
Age: 21 | Experience: 1 Year


2011-12 Season Averages:
10.6 PPG, 8.2 APG, 4.2 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 3.2 TOPG, (36% FG), (34% 3PT)

Career Averages:
10.6 PPG, 8.2 APG, 4.2 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 3.2 TOPG, (36% FG), (34% 3PT)

Analysis: Ricky Rubio could be much higher than this. After one year in the NBA, he has the makings of a truly great point guard. When he was in Spain, he displayed his elite passing skills which translated to the NBA. 11 and 8 for a rookie is very impressive, and as he continues to improve as a shooter, watch out.





12. Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 24 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
16.4 PPG, 6.6 APG, 3.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 2.4 TOPG, (49% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
12.0 PPG, 4.8 APG, 2.7 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (50% FG), (39% 3PT)

Analysis: Talk about quick point guards. In his first season as the full time starting point guard, Ty Lawson showed just how good he is. He was very impressive in their first round playoff match-up with the Lakers, and with a little more seasoning, could move up in my point guard rankings.





13. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 24 | Experience: 3 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
14.7 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.5 TOPG, (49% FG), (46% 3PT)

Career Averages:
17.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.0 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 3.0 TOPG, (47% FG), (44% 3PT)

Analysis: When healthy, Curry is a very good guard. He isn't an elite distributor, but now that Monta Ellis is gone, he'll have the ball in his hands a lot more, giving him more opportunities. He is an excellent 3 point shooter, and scorer in general.





14. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 6 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
14.3 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.5 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 2.8 TOPG, (41% FG), (37% 3PT)

Career Averages:
10.4 PPG, 4.8 APG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 1.8 TOPG, (42% FG), (33% 3PT)

Analysis: Toward the end of the 2010-11 season, Lowry proved he could be the starting point guard for the Rockets. He began this past season playing very well, averaging about 16 points and 8 assists per game. An infection caused him to miss a lot of games down the stretch, but whoever he plays for next year, he looks like a future top 10 point guard.





15. Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 24 | Experience: 5 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.7 PPG, 6.5 APG, 2.6 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 2.0 TOPG, (43% FG), (38% 3PT)

Career Averages:
11.9 PPG, 5.4 APG, 2.9 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.0 TOPG, (44% FG), (38% 3PT)

Analysis: Mike Conley is not elite, but he is very tough and competitive. He averaged a career high in assists this year, and he continues to improve every year. He is a great defender, which is very underrated, and could have an even better year in 2012.