25 Greatest Point Guards In NBA History

 

25. Russell Westbrook
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
23.2 8.3 101.1

The explosive and ultra-athletic Westbrook has developed a polarizing reputation throughout his career. Either his ferocity and athletic prowess are viewed positively or he is seen as a bad shooter and mediocre defender. Truth is, both statements are mostly valid. However Westbrook is still playing at a mostly high level in his 30s, and though not a pure point guard, still brings more positives than negatives.

 

24. Chauncey Billups
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
15.2 5.4 120.8

Built mostly in the mold of an old-school, pass first point guard – Chauncey Billups provided both smart play-making and efficient scoring as his team needed. Though remembered mostly for his time in Detroit, Chauncey was a valuable contributor throughout his career.

23. Penny Hardaway
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
15.2 5.0 61.9

Before injuries riddled the over-sized point guard, Penny was almost the second coming of Magic Johnson himself. Penny’s game combined excellent passing skills with excellent athleticism and scoring prowess. Though he was never the passer that Magic was, he was still an asset, seeing over defenses and slashing to the rim at will.

 

22. Dave Bing
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
20.3 6.0 68.8

In many ways Bing was the original athletic, score first point guard. Make no mistake however, he was not a shooting guard in a point guard’s body. Bing was a legitimate play-maker with incredible court vision. When teamed with Jimmy Walker [father of Jalen Rose], they combined to be one of the league’s most dangerous backcourts.

 

21. Derrick Rose
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
18.8 5.6 39.7

It is often debated whether Rose, who was the youngest player in NBA history to win the MVP award, should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The answer is yes. Despite the avalanche of injuries that have slowed his production, Rose’s per minute production and efficiency has hardly waned. Though the full extent of his potential impact minus injuries will never be known, the formerly ultra-athletic Rose is unquestionably one of the greats.

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