By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on March 11, 2014
The 2013-14 NBA season was supposed to hold the triumphant return of point guard and former MVP Derrick Rose to the Chicago Bulls. However, as Rose came back and struggled and then suffered another season-ending injury, he obviously wasn’t able to return to dominance of the position in the league. With Rose out, though, who have been the 10 best point guards in the league this season?
Kyrie Irving hasn’t had near the season that many expected him to and neither have the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Irving has still remained productive and has really been the only consistent sign of hope for his team this season. Though it’s not being in the MVP conversation and though he’s more talented than he’s shown this year, Irving deserves a nod on this list.
The Memphis Grizzlies were able to, at the very least, maintain without Marc Gasol in the lineup earlier this year, which is largely while they’re still in the playoff-hunt at this point. A big reason for that is because of the play of Mike Conley. Conley’s production hasn’t been at an MVP-level, but he’s been solid and a leader or a team that has needed it throughout the year.
There’s no doubt that Russell Westbrook would be in the top-two on this list had he not missed such a substantial amount of time for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even in his limited role, Westbrook has been an absolute stud for this team and is obviously a major factor in this team’s potential run at a title this year.
Damian Lillard won the Rookie of the Year last season and has only compounded on that. He’s continued to produce at an extremely high level, but has also displayed more savvy leadership and has been a key cog in the Portland Trail Blazers massive amount of success this season. Without Lillard at the helm, they aren’t sitting in nearly as good of a position as they currently are.
You can’t sing enough praises about what Kyle Lowry’s been able to do with the Toronto Raptors this season. It seemed like the Raptors were headed to the tank (for lack of a better word) after trading Rudy Gay. However, Lowry came out playing like a superstar soon after and has been the catalyst for their success that has them poised for a bit of a postseason run. He deserves a boatload of credit for what he’s done this year.
After John Wall got his contract extension, people wondered whether or not he would progress enough to warrant the money he’s being paid and, sure enough, he’s done that. Wall has continued to be an explosive playmaker with an improving and increasingly versatile skill-set. Possibly the most impressive feat, though, is that he’s leading his Wizards team to the postseason.
The Phoenix Suns were supposed to be awful this season. With Eric Bledsoe going down with a knee injury, one would’ve figured they’d be a train-wreck. Jeff Hornacek is partially behind it, but you can’t discredit the phenomenal year that’s been had by Goran Dragic. Dragic has taken a huge leap forward in Phoenix’s system and has been a monster this year as the Suns are in the hunt to make the playoffs.
Chris Paul has long been considered the best pure point guard in the NBA and he has continued to play in that manner this season. Despite missing time with a separated shoulder, Paul has been able to lead the Clippers to being one of the best in the West. The Clips were good when CP3 was out, but they’re possible contenders with him in the lineup.
With Tim Duncan getting older and having to take a bit of a backseat this season with the Spurs, this has really become Tony Parker’s team. Unsurprisingly, the transition has gone swimmingly as Parker has San Antonio looking like one of the best teams in the West. This team has more of an offensive identity than ever before and Parker has been behind that, for the most part at least.
We were all expecting big things from Stephen Curry this season and, though the talk has died down some, he’s been having a monster season. While his three-point percentage has “dipped” to 41.1 percent from three, he’s averaging career-highs in points, assists and rebounds per game while also improving his overall efficiency from last season. Curry has been phenomenal all year for the Warriors and could very well lead them to another exciting run
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