25 Greatest Point Guards In NBA History

 

15. Lenny Wilkens
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
16.5 6.7 95.5

Another under-sized point guard, Lenny Wilkens was a nine time All-Star, one time All-Star MVP and assists leader in 1970. Steals and blocks were not tabulated for much of his career, so his exact impact is impossible to measure but was a consistent force throughout his career. Wilkens even took on the coaching responsibilities for several years as a player – adding new meaning to being a floor general.

14. Gary Payton
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
16.3 6.7 145.5

Payton’s reputation as a staunch, lockdown defender is secure. However, the Oakland product was also an excellent distributor, good rebounder and had great post presence for a point guard. The non-stop trash talking point guard was often tasked with guarding the best player on the team regardless if a wing or guard.

13. Tony Parker
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
15.5 5.6 111.3

Parker was a crucial part of one of the most successful big threes in NBA history. The fiery Frenchman was quicker than the vast majority of players in his prime. Though not a marksman from three point territory, he was still reliable enough to keep defenses honest. The Spurs legend was a crucial part of the Spurs’ championship runs with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli.

12. Mark Jackson
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
9.6 8.0 91.8

Mark Jackson was a prototypical pure point guard. More than capable of generating his own offense, Jackson looked to create for his teammates first but could pull up and shoot or beat his man off the dribble if he caught them slipping. His game was considerably below the rim but maximized his play inside the lines.

 

11. Walt Frazier
Greatest Point Guards

Points per game Assists per game Win Shares
18.9 6.1 113.5

Frazier is undeniably one of the greatest talents to lace up for the hapless New York Knicks. The 6’4″ point guard’s game was as effective as it was versatile.

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