It’s been a minute since I’ve dropped a list on anything, and being that we’re a quarter past the 2010-2011 NBA season, I thought now is as good a time as any to weigh in on my opinions on the most important position in the game. The point guard. Without further adieu, my top ten pg’s of the NBA season thus far.
Doin Lists PG Ranking Edition
A few quick disclaimer. As much as I wanted to insert John Wall somewhere into this list, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. This list is purely based on production, not potential. Also I completed this list prior to Rondo’s injury.
As with my NFL QB ranks, I couldn’t decide between two players to lead the list off, so once again, I went with both. Jason Kidd, now 74 years of age, is one of the main cogs on this Dallas Mavericks machine that ran off twelve straight before being upsetted by the Bucks on Monday. Despite that minor hiccup, the Mavs hold the second best record out west and Kidd’s 9 assists per game has a lot to do with it. As for Mike Conley, his development is partly to blame for the now sudden availability of once cornerstone piece O.J. Mayo for trade.
It’s a shame that Andre “I Just Woke Up” Miller’s attempted tackle on Blake Griffin and ensuing suspension is what people will most likely remember most on his season. But the eleven year veteran is the prime reason why the Hurtland Kneebreakers are over achieving. Miller won’t blow you away with his numbers, but for those of you who understand basketball know, he does the things that help you win games. Like try to tackle the opposing team’s best player.
It’s not really Steve Nash’s fault he’s so low on this list. He’s averaging 18.4 points, 10.2 assists and even 3.7 rebounds per game this season. That’s like Kevin Love numbers on the glass for Nash. Not to mention he’s shooting over 50% from the field (again) which is not typical for a point guard. So what more can he do to move up the ranks? Win. That probably won’t happen. And no, getting Robin Lopez back won’t be the answer.
7. Tony Parker
It’s hard to give Tony Parker too much credit for the Spurs holding the best record in the NBA. After all, Manu Ginobili now starts and is playing ridiculous, Richard Jefferson got his mojo back, the Spurs boast a solid second unit led by George “Naked” Hill, and of course last I checked, T.D. is still there. But Parker is having his best season in quite some time, and for an NBA team, it all starts with the point guard. Perhaps he’s got his “drive” back now that he’s newly single.
Who would have thunk this!? I know we all thought Ray Felton would have a chance to be a factor in Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system, but he’s down right unstoppable in it! I never bought into the “potential” of Felton, and this might just be a scenario in which an above average point guard is thriving in a perfect situation, but whatever the case, Felton’s putting up big numbers now and winning. Amare Stoudemire gets the headlines, but Felton’s the key to NY’s success.
I remember writing a piece last season stating CP3 would come back strong to take the point guard crown again after Charles Barkley told him he was no longer the best. Well not only is he not the best, but he’s not even in the top three. It’s not Paul’s fault. Like Steve Nash, there’s only so much he can do with a mediocre team in turmoil. I know for a fact that if the Hornets are making a playoff push 50-60 games in, Paul’s place on this list will be higher. For now, New Orleans is stumbling, and so the face of the franchise has to fall with them.
God I love to watch this guy play. He’s got an unbelievable combination of speed and power, he’s like a cheetah out there. And like many of the fresh, young talent at the point guard position the NBA is blessed with, he’s not satisfied with anything’s he’s done in his career. I love to hear stories about these freak athletes who actually want to work on their game and get better. That’s what separates the Kobe’s from the Isaiah Rider’s. Kevin Durant might be the Michael Jordan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Westbrook is the Michael Jordan 1A. Seriously, there’s no drop off in talent between the two. I’m really high on this kid.
Oh wait, you know how I just basically placed Russell Westbrook on a pedestal? Well Derrick Rose just high jumped and cleared that pedestal. That combination of speed and power Westbrook has, Rose has too. The passion and drive Westbrook has. Rose has too. Rose was out taking 1,000,000 (I don’t know the exact number) jumpers a day during the off-season to improve his range. Once again, a freak of nature athlete not settling with his God-given talents. I love it. One thing Rose has that Westbrook, or any other player doesn’t have is, his ability to jump while already in the air. How the hell does he elevate twice on a single jump!?
2. Deron Williams
Chappy and I texted each other briefly during the Utah Jazz/Golden State Warriors game on Monday night. D. Will and Monta Ellis were in a scuffle and being the Warriors faithful we are, we messaged each other on how much of a douche D. Will is. But of course, he’s a douche we’d all want on our team. Deron Williams torched the Dubs for 30 points and 10 assists that night, and he does it so smooth and easy. Games like that are a regular occurrence for him, and with the Jazz playing so well, I can’t put him any further than number two. D. Will, the cerebral assassin.
He can’t shoot a jumper. He can’t shoot free throws. He doesn’t score much. Is this some kind of a joke? Rajon Rondo is the top ranked point guard on this list? Yes. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a player dominate games without taking a single shot the way Rondo does, and I must say, it’s very impressive. Rondo makes up for his lack of shooting efficiency with superb everything else. He has disgustingly long arms and quick feet, which makes him a terrific defender. He has eagle eye vision and can spot a play before it happens. Most importantly, he already has a ring and commands the respect of three future Hall of Famers. He might not be the flashiest guy on this list, but in terms of being a great point guard, he’s the best.