Power Rankings: Top 10 Point Guards In The NBA
2012-13 NBA Power Rankings: Top 10 Point Guards
Lets face it. Without a leader running the floor it would be hard to compete in the NBA. The point guard has always been consider the “quarterback” of basketball and it's true. Without a leader controlling the flow of the game as well as taking care of the basketball it would be hard winning at a NBA level.
Look at Steve Nash and Jason Kidd when they were in their prime of their career. They had a sense on what's happening on the court. They had control of the game which carried on to the other teammates. That's why they were always successful with their respective team.
Even in today's NBA it's going on as well. Do you think there would have been a lot of hype of where Deron Williams was going to end up just because he is a known name? No. Both the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets were in a battle in trying to land the point guard because his ability to be the “quarterback” on the court.
Going forward, each of the 30 NBA teams will not survive this season without a point guard leader running the game. Unless a team has a Kobe Bryant or a LeBron James then whatever team you are a fan of they will not last long in this NBA Season.
Although the 2012-13 season is only in is infancy there at least a point guard on each of the 30 teams that has made some noise this early. However, here are the top 10 point guards in this young NBA season.
#10 Mo Williams (Utah Jazz)
The Utah Jazz may be only 1-3, but one guy that could help turn that around and help the team to a successful season is Mo Williams. He leads the team in points with 20.8 a game, assists with 6.8 a game and steals with 1.3 a game.
Even though they are only 1-3 in this early NBA season; Williams will need to be the person who steps up even more than he is right now for them to have any success.
#9 Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
Chris Paul has helped the Los Angeles Clippers to stay at .500 (2-2). He is the second leading scorer on the team with 22 points a game and 3rd overall in the NBA in assists with 11.5 a game.
Paul will be the reason if the Clippers advance far or fall back to what they have been known for for since their irregular season. He will need to be the man that all this teammates looks for when the game counts. If it has not been for Paul in these first four games then the Clippers could be starting the season like their fellow neighbor, the Los Angeles Lakers.
#8 Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Rookie of the year maybe? The Portland Trail Blazers could have found their savior in Damian Lillard. Although, they are 2-2 to start off the season there's no doubt that Lillard is part of the two wins they have.
In the season opener for the Blazers against the Lakers he got his first double-double with 11 assists and 23 points. The 2nd game they won he had 9 assists and 20 points.
He is a rookie which means that there will be games throughout this regular season where he will make some “rookie mistakes.” However, the Blazers may have made a steal in the lottery picks of the 2012 draft.
#7 Raymond Felton (New York Knicks)
How great is it that Raymond Felton is playing along side Jason Kidd? Playing along side with a future hall of famer and a former NBA Champion must be a great treat especially for Felton.
These two has helped the New York Knicks to an undefeated record of 3-0. The only reason why Felton is on this list and Kidd is not is because Felton has higher stats than Kidd in this early NBA season.
In the first three games he has averaged 13.7 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds a game. He leads the team in assists and if he keeps doing so then the Knicks could be a team that a lot of NBA analysts did not have them as and that's a legit threat in the Eastern Conference.
#6 Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Right now the Oklahoma City Thunder are at 1-2 and the only reason why they have that one win is because of Russell Westbrook. The one game they won against Portland he scored a game high, 32 points, to go along with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. While in the two loses he scored less than 20 points in each of the game.
Losing James Harden via trade might mean that Westbrook may be the guy that needs to score 25 or more points a game. I believe that he has the capability to score a lot of points especially with his speed, but with the team having Kevin Durant as the #1 guy to go to it may be hard for Westbrook to do that.
The NBA world shall know by the end of the month how the Thunder will be and if they are in first place in the Northwest Division then I guarantee that Westbrook will be that main reason behind that success.
#5 Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks)
The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-0 and there are two point guards responsible for that and one of them is Brandon Jennings. In the first two games he had 13 assists in each of them. If he did not score 20 or more points then the other guard (in the next slide) did.
The Combination of these two will surly help the Milwaukee Bucks with success in the Eastern Conference. Even though they are in a conference that has LeBron James as long as they do not get the #8 seed then they could turn some heads going forward.
#4 Monta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks)
The other point guard that is helping the Bucks to success is Monta Ellis. In these two games he has averaged 18.5 points and 4 assists.
The only reason why Ellis is ahead of Brandon Jennings is because I believe that Ellis will be the man that does most of the scoring while Jennings does most of the passing. The combination of these two will indeed turn some heads in the NBA this year.
#3 Darren Collison (Dallas Mavericks)
The Mavericks are 3-1 and the person responsible for that is Darren Collison. Remember, this is a team that is without their superstar, Dirk Nowitzki.
Collison is averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game. This is the first in a long time that the Mavs have somebody that has a combination of scoring in the paint, scoring from the field and passing the ball with ease.
He will help the Mavs to a successful month and will put them in a place where Nowitzki will not have to do much work when he returns. I have a feeling that this year could be a breakout year for the young point guard and I do believe that they had a successful off-season in adding Collison to the roster.
#2 Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
The San Antonio Spurs right now are 4-0 and have won 14 straight regular season games going back to last season. The person that has been part of that is Tony Parker.
In the first four games he has averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 assists a game. Parker has always been the type of player who can score at will and control the flow of the game at the same time.
This is still only 4 games out of 82 and a player who is 30 years old his health will be the main thing for him and for the Spurs. If he stays healthy then he will help the team to what they have been known for since Tim Duncan came to the team and that's competing for a NBA Championship.
#1 Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Could this be the year that Kyrie Irving has a career making season? In his 2nd year in the NBA Irving has shown signs for great things to come for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He is averaging 23.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Although, the Cavs are at .500 (2-2) he could help them become a team that they once were when they had LeBron James.
I still believe that they are one “sidekick” away from being a legit playoff contender in the East, but with Irving it's a start. However, they could have a future “sidekick” right under their nose with rookie, Dion Waiters. If that's the case then it will not take long for Irving to lead the Cavs back to post-season action.