Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Top 20 Point Guards


We are going to go position by position and rank the top 20.  Next we will pick which player at that position that we feel we need to keep a close eye on and why.  We will start with the players who have the ball in their hands the most, the point guards.


Jacob
JJ
Ben
1
Chris Paul
Deron Williams
Chris Paul
2
Deron Williams
Chris Paul
Deron Williams
3
Steve Nash
Derrick Rose
Steve Nash
4
Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo
Derrick Rose
5
Derrick Rose
Tyreke Evans
Rajon Rondo
6
Tyreke Evans
Steve Nash
Chauncey Billups
7
Russell Westbrook
Chauncey Billups
Tyreke Evans
8
Brandon Jennings
Tony Parker
Russell Westbrook
9
Chauncey Billups
Russell Westbrook
Gilbert Arenas
10
Devin Harris
Jameer Nelson
Devin Harris
11
Jameer Nelson
Stephen Curry
Tony Parker
12
Gilbert Arenas
Aaron Brooks
Rodney Stuckey
13
Stephen Curry
Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings
14
Darren Collison
Darren Collison
Baron Davis
15
Andre Miller
Jason Kidd
Stephen Curry
16
Aaron Brooks
Baron Davis
Jason Kidd
17
Tony Parker
John Wall
Mo Williams
18
Baron Davis
Andre Miller
Jameer Nelson
19
John Wall
Mo Williams
Aaron Brooks
20
Jose Calderon
Rodney Stuckey
Jose Calderon



JACOB – POINT GUARD TO WATCH – RUSSELL WESTBROOK, OKLAHOMA CITY

The young guard has had very respectable seasons to begin his career with 15.3 pts, 5.3 asts and 4.9 rbs his rookie season and improved to 16.1 pts, 8.0 asts, and 4.9 rbs in his second year.  The third season for a point guard lately has been the leap into stardom, as we have seen with Rajon Rondo (with the help of the big three) and Aaron Brooks.  If Russell Westbrook continues to improve his shooting percentages and the team progresses with their team defense, we could see some big games in the playoffs from Westbrook, who is not related to Brian Westbrook.  Russell is a three point shot away from being unguardable, which is the same story for the other two elite young point guards, Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose.


JJ – POINT GUARD TO WATCH – DARREN COLLISON, INDIANA

I think the guy to watch here is Darren Collison. We saw what he is capable of last season when Chris Paul was injured. He was so impressive it sparked massive trade rumors about Paul, who comes in at #2 on my list. With the extended playing time he will receive this year, and the fact it's his team now that he's been moved to the Pacers, I think Collison is the guy that could end up taking the biggest jump on this list.


BEN - POINT GUARD TO WATCH -- DERON WILLIAMS, UTAH

Williams had a monster post-season last year, averaging 24 points and 10 assists, while leading Utah to the 2nd round (losing to the eventual champs, the Lakers).  The Jazz lost Carlos Boozer to the Bulls, but replaced him with Al Jefferson, who if healthy, will be another big man ready to thrive down low for Utah.  Williams may be ready to take "Best Point Guard in the NBA" honors from Chris Paul, if Paul starts slowly, or injuries keep him derailed for a period of time.  Williams is 26, so he should be entering the prime of his career, and it will be interesting to see how far this Jazz team can go.  What I like from Williams is his shooting (47% career), his ability to combine a big scoring game with high assist totals, and his ability to get to the line (he hit 89 of 111 free throws last post-season, in 10 games).  I expect a first-team all NBA for him this season.


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