By Adam McGill
Last week showcased some of the best players at the point guard position in the NBA. With Nets point guard, Deron Williams dropping 57 points Sunday, the irony was not lost on in the fact that his career game was just days after the 50th Anniversary of Wilt Chamberlin’s 100-point contest. It even pushed some of the bigger performances from the position that day to the back page; like Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo finishing with a jaw-dropping 18 point-17 rebound-20 assist triple-double game or Chris Paul scoring 28 points with 10 dimes. The position is now featuring some extremely talented players, making the position about scoring just as much as it is about distributing the ball. Below is a list of my top ten fantasy basketball point guards in the NBA:
6. Tony Parker, SA – Parker is having the best season of his ten-year career. He is scoring 19.2 points a game while also dishing out 7.9 assists per game. He has really stepped up with Manu Ginobilli missing the majority of the season and the Frenchman is worthy of sitting atop any owner’s fantasy lineup.
7. Steve Nash, PHO – Nash is still leading the league with10.9 assists per game, but his13.8 points per game is his lowest total since 1999. The Suns have struggled all season with a 17-20 record, and it is obvious that Nash’s fantasy numbers have gone down in the process.
8. John Wall, WSH – Wall has been a reliable fantasy option, despite Washington’s utter failure of a season. He is posting a strong 17.6 points, but is also contributing with 7.6 assists and 5 rebounds per game. Wall continues to get valuable experience from matching up some of the best point guards in the game, making him one of the best keepers at the position in long-tern leagues.
9. Kyrie Irving, CLE – The rookie has stepped into one of the most hopeless roles in the league and has thrived in it. He is averaging a respectable 18.6 points per game, while shooting a strong 48.3 percent from the floor. Irving also has put up eighteen games with over 20 points and can definitely be a top tier player at the position within the next couple of years. Irving is exactly the guy Cleveland expected to get with the first overall selection and is one of the rising stars of the NBA.
10. Jeremy Lin, NY – With all the attention that “Lin-sanity” has generated in the last month it is hard not to notice this kid. He is extremely patient with the ball and knows how to find the big guys on alley-oops. Lin has potential to be a top 5 guy with 14.6 points and 6 assists per game, but his 5.7 turnovers per game in the last 13 games is too costly for fantasy owners.