Let’s face it, when it comes to debating the top point guards in the NBA today, there is no definitive list of who is No.1, No.2, etc. With so much talent to choose from alone, this list should tell who is without a doubt, the best of the best in the NBA today.
1. Russell Westbrook
The way Russell Westbrook is playing the game of basketball today, there isn’t anyone who can contain him. He is exciting and entertaining to watch because on any given night, he is a walking triple double. This season he is averaging 30.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.2 assists. When it comes to point guards, Westbrook is the best right now and he is essentially doing it all by himself since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.
2. Stephen Curry
Steph Curry is absolutely lethal from behind the three point line, probably the best shooter this league has ever seen. His numbers have taken a bit of a hit with Kevin Durant joining the team, but he is still averaging 25 points, 6.1 assists on 47 percent shooting from the field. Curry is still a guy capable of putting up 40+ points every time he steps out on the floor and has a lethal handle that can embarrass even the best defender. That is why he is No. 2 on this list.
3. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving has ascended up this list rather quickly in the last few years thanks to the help of LeBron James. Irving is finally healthy and back playing at an elite level this season, which is a great sight for Cavs fans. This season he is averaging 24.6 points (a career high), 5.7 assists and shooting 47.3 percent from the field (also a career high). While Irving’s defense is suspect at times, his offensive game is no joke and he showed during the Cavs run to a championship in 2016 that he is worthy of the No. 3 spot on this list.
4. Chris Paul
Paul has been a model of consistency in the NBA as a point guard over the last decade. Paul has averaged 18 points and 10 assists for his career. He has helped both the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers reach the playoffs nearly every season he was apart of the team. Not the most athletic point guard but usually makes the right pass and is one of the best leaders in the NBA today. Paul also prides himself on his defense as well, he averages 2.3 steals for his career and is known to lock down the opposing teams point guard. Even though Paul is (only) 31 right now but still is in the prime of his career and is the focal point of a Clippers team primed to make another playoff run.
5. John Wall
John Wall is a having himself a career year for a Washington Wizards team that is rising in the Eastern Conference. Averaging 22.9 points and 10.3 assists, Wall is the only guard in the East averaging double digit points and assists. At first glance, Wall should be higher on this list. However we have to take into account his lack of leadership and his temper on the court. Wall is an elite player and yet no other talented star wants to play with him. Wall’s combination of offensive and defensive talent puts him in the top five, but prevents him from being higher on the list.
6. James Harden
A year ago I would not haven’t even considered Harden for this list, but this season has been eye-opening for me as well as many others around the NBA. Harden has revolutionized his game as the leader of the Houston Rockets. Not only is he averaging 28.8 points, but also is averaging a league best 11.5 assists. While those numbers are impressive, the most eye-opening statistic is the fact that Harden has led the Rockets to a 35-16 record, the third best record in all of basketball. Harden needs to improve his defense, but just like Irving, his offensive game is one of the best in the league today. With all those accomplishments under his belt this season, Harden has earned his spot on the list.