Starting with this article, I will be ranking my top 10 of of each position in basketball. Please keep in mind that these articles are strictly my opinion. Feel free to comment down below if you disagree with me, but respect my opinion.
#10- Gary Payton
Gary Payton is the greatest defensive-minded point guards of all time. He had a mix of offense and defense that made him a threat on both sides of the court. Payton is the only point guard to win DPOY and has been on nine all-defensive teams. He lead the league in steal one year, and averaged 2+ steals eight different times. Payton never developed a very consistent three point shot, but for the 90s was an good 3 point shooter. Payton was able to score from anywhere in front of the 3-point line, and was a slithery off-ball player. He's a 9x All-Star, and has been on 9 All-NBA teams as well.
Career Averages: 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists on 46.6% shooting
#9- Russell Westbrook
Westbrook made the NBA feel numb to triple-doubles after his MVP season in 2016-2017. That season he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He then went on to average two more triple-double seasons with the Thunder. Westbrook has always been able to do it all on the court. If we adjust Westbrook's stats to any other era he would be one of the greatest players of all time. For example, if we adjust his stats to the time where Wilt, Bill Russell, and Oscar Robertson played, Russ would average 48 points, 18 rebounds, and 17 assists. Westbrook is also a 9x All-Star, has been on 8 All-NBA Teams, and a 2x assist, and scoring champ.
Career averages: 23.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 8.3 assists on 43.7% shooting
#8- Isiah Thomas
Thomas was never the most efficient point guard on the court. However, he always strived for team success at all costs. He had the Michael Jordan mindset, if Michael Jordan didn't care about his image. He lead the "Bad-Boy" Pistons to seven straight playoff appearances, and two straight NBA Championships. He made 12 all-star teams. 5 All-NBA teams, and won the NBA Finals MVP award in 1990
Career Averages: 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.3 assists on 45.2% shooting
#7- Steve Nash
Nash won two of the most controversial MVP awards of all time. Many people believe he snubbed Kobe in 2005, and Shaq in 2006. In my opinion, Kobe Bryant deserved the MVP award in 2005, but Nash deserved his 2006 MVP Trophy. The 2006 MVP was between Shaq and Nash who both lead their teams to the first seed in their conference. This conversation is for another article I'll write about, but I should continue to talk about Nash's career. Point guards in the NBA are supposed to run the offense. They have the role of being the "floor general", and to me, Nash is the greatest "floor general" to ever play. If Nash was running the point for your team in the 2000s, your team was guaranteed a top 5 offensive rating in the league. On multiple occasions, Nash shot over 50% from the field on 10+ shots a game. Nash also had four 50/40/90 club seasons, and on his career is 1% short from being on it. He's a 8x All-Star, and has been on 7 All-NBA teams.
Career Averages: 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 8.5 assists on 49% shooting
#6- John Stockton
Stockton leads the NBA in steals (3,265) and assists (15,806) and second placed Jason Kidd isn't even close. In assists, the gap between Stockton and Kidd is about the same gap between Jason Kidd and 11th all-time, Andre Miller. Stockton is another all-around point guard that scored, passed, and played great defense. He lead the league in steals twice, and in assists nine times. Stockton, along with Karl Malone went to two straight NBA Finals from 1997 to 1998 but came up short twice against Michael Jordan and his Bulls. He had a 19 years of success, making the playoffs each year. He's a 10x All-Star, and has been on 11 All-NBA teams and 5 All-Defensive teams.
Career Averages: 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 10.5 assists on 51.5% shooting
#5- Chris Paul
CP3 is the better versions of both Steve Nash and John Stockton. He did what they could do and more which is why I have him above them both. Among point guards, he ranks first in box plus/minus, and playoff box plus/minus. Paul also revolutionized the alley-pop, it didn't just help his career out, but it did wonders for the careers of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and David West just to name a few. He lead the league in assists four times, steals six times and won the rookie of the year. He's a 10x All-Star, and made 8 All-NBA teams along with 9 All-Defensive teams.
Career Averages: 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists on 47% shooting
#4- Jerry West
Jerry West is one of the best playoff performers in NBA history. During the 1965 postseason, he averaged 40 points and lead his team, along with Elgin Baylor to the NBA Finals but came up short against Bill Russell and his Celtics. And, in five postseasons from 1965-1969 he averaged 32.5 points a game in the playoffs. He ended up winning one finals in 1972. West is a scoring champion, and an assist champion. He appeared in 12 All-Star games, and was named on 12 All-NBA teams and 5 All-Defensive teams.
Career averages: 27 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on 47.4% shooting
#3- Oscar Robertson
In my paragraph about Russell Westbrook, I may have made it seem like Robertson was overrated. I was just proving a point for Westbrook's case to be in the top ten. Robertson played at a time where everyone played at a breakneck pace. Robertson learned to overcome that, and would often run the point at a very fast pace for his time which often resulted in triple-doubles. On his career, he played 1,126 games, and notched a triple-double in 16.8% of them. He had the brains, and the athleticism to be an all-star in any era of basketball. He won rookie of the year, and an MVP award. He also lead the league in assists six times, and was a 12x All-Star, and was on 11 All-NBA teams.
Career averages: 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists on 48.5% shooting
#2- Stephen Curry
Curry is one of the most inspirational players in the NBA. Ten years into Curry's career, he already makes a case for being a top 10 player of all time, and being the best point guard of all time. He has had the biggest impact on basketball entirely and has maintained success at a high rate. He's on track to be the most prolific offensive player in NBA history based on offensive box plus/minus. He only trails Lebron James by .12, and is closing the gap year by year. In a lot of cases, Curry needs to be double-teamed 35 feet from the basket, before Curry, that was unheard of. Curry is a 6x All-Star, has been on 6 All-NBA teams and a 2x MVP. He also won three NBA Championships and lead his team to the best record in NBA history during the 2015-2016 season.
Career averages: 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.6 assists on 47.6% shooting
#1- Magic Johnson
Right now, Magic Johnson is the best point guard of all time in my opinion. This may change, but now I firmly believe Magic deserves the #1 spot. Magic could play any play-style, at any position since he was 6'9. He's another versatile, do it all point guard that has minimal weaknesses in his game. In his rookie season he led the Lakers to a 60-22 record and then won the NBA Finals in 6 games against Dr. J and his Sixers. He played in 12 All-Star games, and is a 10x All-NBA. Also, as a 5x NBA champion he won the finals MVP 3x. Magic had a long career of greatness, and never failed to help during his first stint as a Laker.
Career averages: 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists on 52% shooting
Comment down below if you agree/disagree or think that I missed some players.