10 Top NBA PG's of All-time |
The point guard position is one of the most important ones in the NBA, maybe the most important one. And that has always been the story in the NBA. The point guard is the one who has the responsibility to set up the team on offense. He is the one who advances the ball past the half court, trying to figure out the best way the team can score easy baskets. He is the one who has to find out which the strengths of his teammates are and at the same time which the weaknesses of the opposing defense are so that he chooses to play the right play. Of course, at the same time, he has to contribute by scoring baskets and on the other and of the floor, he is the first line of his team’s defense. In a way, he is the on-court coach or at least, that’s how things are supposed to be.
Of course, nowadays, we’re seeing players other than point guards playing the spot. Shooting guards, small forwards and even power forwards sometimes play the role of the playmaker, with LeBron James and Kevin Durant being just two of the many examples. But things were not always that way. We’ve seen a bunch of great point guards passing from the courts of the NBA through the history of the league. Let’s examine the top 10 of them.
No.1: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson is not just the best point guard to ever play the game, he is also one of the best players to ever play the game. Magic won the MVP award three times in his career and as many times the NBA Finals MVP award. He has five NBA Championship rings and he was named an NBA All-Star for 12 times. If that’s not enough to justify his selection at the top of our list, there’s even more on the table. Magic was a greatly oversized point guard, standing at 6’9”, the size of a power forward. Nonetheless, he had the skills of a point guard, he was also lighting quick and of course, he could score in bunches.
No.2: John Stockton
Maybe the only player who can compare to Magic when it comes to the point guard position is a guy named John Stockton. The former Utah Jazz superstar was arguably the best, the most creative passer to ever play the game. He could find his teammates in ways that some people could not even imagine. Stockton was selected as an All-Star 10 times through his career and he still is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists, with over 15,000 for his career.
No.3: Isaiah Thomas
Another dominant point guard, a true scorer and a two-time NBA champion is Isaiah Thomas. Thanks to his small size and his quickness, Thomas was able to penetrate and score almost at will against opposing defenses. He also won the NBA Finals MVP award two times through his career and he earned his spot in the All-Star game 12 times. Thomas was also a superb passer.
No.4: Oscar Robertson
Robertson made his impact felt right from his first season in the NBA, when he won the Rookie of the Year award, back in 1961. He then went on to win also one NBA Championship, playing for Milwaukee and get a spot in the All-Star Game 12 times through his career. He still is the only player in league history to average a triple-double for an entire season.
No.5: Jason Kidd
Yes, for those who have started watching the NBA just this year, Jason Kidd might be known as the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets. However, the truth is that Kidd is one of the best point guards to ever play the game. Much like John Stockton, he was a charismatic, creative passer and he a unique ability to make things much easier for teammates with his passes. That’s a charisma only a few players who passed from the courts of the NBA possessed. Kidd had to wait until one of his last seasons of his career to win a ring, back in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.
No.6: Bob Cousy
Cousy is a six-time NBA champion, a one-time MVP of the regular season and a 13-time All-Star. He wrote golden page of history with the Boston Celtics and in a way, he revolutionized the role of the playmaker. He was one of the first players to introduce the set offensive game.
No.7: Steve Nash
The truth is that Steve Nash has been struggling since he stepped foot in LA last summer. After being the leader of the Phoenix Suns for years and also after earning the respect of the entire NBA world, thanks to his terrific passing skills and his unique court vision, the 40-year old Canadian star is now struggling to even get into a position to play the game. Nonetheless, he is still is considered as one of the top 10 point guards to play the game. Apart from his ability to pass the ball, Nash was a great three-point shooter, too.
No.8: Walt Frazier
Frazier is a two-time NBA champion and also a seven-time All-Star. He had a great balance of scoring and passing. He recorded a great career as a member of the New York Knicks and he was considered an elite point guard back in the ‘70s.
No.9: Nate Archibald
Another great point guard of the ‘70s is Nate Archibald. He was undersized but he could score points in bunches and of course, find his teammates in their comfort zones. He won one championship ring and he was also named an All-Star six times.
No.10: Gary Payton
Payton linked his name with the Seattle Supersonics but he won his first and only ring as a member of the Miami Heat. He was superb on setting up the offense but he was a terrific defender, too. He won the Defensive Player of the Year back in 1996 and he was named as an All-Star nine times.
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