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The 1990s saw some of the greatest basketball ever. There was a plethora of fantastic players but not position was so diverse as the point guard position. Between 1990 and 2000 a total of 22 different point guards played in the all-star game, and 3 times during the 1990s did a point guard win MVP of the All-star game; Twice by Magic Johnson(90,92) and the other by John Stockton(1993).
So who was the best point guard of the 90s and how do they stack up?
10. Terry Porter
Porter is somewhat of an underrated player today, but back in his prime with the Trailblazers he was putting up 15 points and 10 assists a game while helping the Blazers reach two NBA finals and making two All-star apperances. Porters 4,190 assists rank him 9th in the decade in assists.
9. Mark Price
Price is one of the best free throw shooters in NBA history, but he was also a very capable point guard who helped guide Cleveland to the Eastern Finals in 1991, and was all NBA a year later. Price was also a dead eye shooter who could kill a team from down town.
8. Kevin Johnson
Johnson was a 3 time All-star with the Suns, and helped them reach the NBA finals in 1993. He was one of the most athletic players of his day and was one of the few point guards who could pull of a spectacular dunk. KJ averaged over 10 assists four times in his career and made 3 NBA all-star appearances.
7. Penny Hardaway
His story is one of the most tragic in the NBA in the 1990s. Hardaway was a gifted combo guard who helped the Magic reach the finals in 1995, but after that he dealt with a series of injuries which eventually forced him out of the NBA. Had he not been injured many suspected him to have become one of the all-time greats in the NBA, but as it was he four All-star teams and was twice named all NBA.
One of the most explosive players to ever play, he used his killer crossover to devastating effect. But unlike most show boaters, Hardaway was also a well rounded player capable of playing both sides of the ball. He was a 5 time all-star with the Heat and Warriors and one time all NBA player.
5. Magic Johnson
Arguably the best point guard ever, Magic falls on the 1990s list because he only played 2 seasons in the 1990s as a point guard and another as a semi-power forward. But in his two seasons in the 1990s Magic lead the Lakers to the NBA finals in 1991 and was a two time all-star, made the all NBA both years and was the 1991 NBA Most Valuable Player award recipient. Johnson also won two All-star game MVP awards after being snubbed many times in the 1980s.
4. Mark Jackson
The other MJ is one of the most underrated players in NBA history. He is second all-time in assists and was the starting point guard for many championship caliber teams including the 2000 Indiana Pacers who made the NBA finals.
3. Jason Kidd
He is currently second all-time in the NBA in triple doubles behind only Oscar Robertson. Kidd has done everything his teams have asked him to do in his career whether it be scoring, passing or rebounding he did it. Kidd made 2 all-star appearances in the 90s and made the all-NBA team in the lockout year.
The Glove made six all-star teams in the 1990s, two All NBA teams, multiple all NBA defensive teams and won the 1996 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He also helped guide the Sonics to the 1996 NBA finals.
If anyone could give Johnson a challenge for all-time greatest point guard it would be John Stockton. Stockton is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists and steal. His 9,849 assists in the 1990s alone would put him 4th all-time and he was 27 years old when the decade started and had been in the NBA 5 years already. Stockton was a nine time all-star in the 1990s, twice made the all-NBA team, and was on the all defensive team four times.
Others to consider: Mooke Blaylock, Rod Stickland, Isiah Thomas, Muggsy Bouges