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The top 10 Point Guards in NBA History

The top 10 Point Guards in NBA History

When it comes to the game of basketball, the point guard position holds a special place. Point guards are often considered the floor generals, responsible for orchestrating the offense and setting up their teammates for success. Over the years, the NBA has seen some truly exceptional point guards who have left an indelible mark on the sport. In this article, we will take a closer look at the top 10 point guards in NBA history.

1. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest point guards of all time. Standing at 6'9", he revolutionized the position with his size, court vision, and versatility. Johnson's ability to play multiple positions and his exceptional passing skills made him a nightmare for opposing teams. He led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships and was a three-time NBA MVP.

2. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry has redefined the point guard position in the modern era. Known for his incredible shooting range and ball-handling skills, Curry has become the face of the Golden State Warriors dynasty. His ability to shoot from anywhere on the court, combined with his exceptional playmaking, has made him one of the most dangerous offensive players in NBA history. Curry has won two NBA MVP awards and has led the Warriors to three championships.

3. Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson was a true pioneer of the point guard position. Known as "The Big O," Robertson was the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season. His size, strength, and all-around skills made him a force to be reckoned with. Robertson's impact on the game cannot be overstated, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

4. Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas may not have the same statistical achievements as some of the other point guards on this list, but his impact on the game cannot be overlooked. Thomas was the heart and soul of the "Bad Boys" Detroit Pistons teams that won back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. His leadership, clutch performances, and ability to take over games earned him a spot among the all-time greats.

5. John Stockton

John Stockton is the NBA's all-time leader in assists and steals. Known for his incredible basketball IQ and unselfish play, Stockton was the perfect floor general for the Utah Jazz during their successful run in the 1990s. He formed a deadly partnership with Karl Malone and led the Jazz to multiple deep playoff runs. Stockton's longevity and consistency make him one of the greatest point guards to ever grace the court.

6. Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy was one of the pioneers of the point guard position. Known for his flashy style of play and exceptional ball-handling skills, Cousy helped popularize the fast-paced, up-tempo style of basketball. He won six NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and was a 13-time All-Star. Cousy's impact on the game is still felt to this day, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.

7. Chris Paul

Chris Paul is widely regarded as one of the best pure point guards of his generation. Known for his exceptional court vision, leadership, and defensive skills, Paul has consistently been among the league leaders in assists and steals throughout his career. Despite not winning an NBA championship, Paul's impact on the game and his ability to make his teammates better cannot be overstated.

8. Steve Nash

Steve Nash was a two-time NBA MVP and one of the most electrifying point guards of his era. Known for his exceptional shooting touch and playmaking ability, Nash led the fast-paced Phoenix Suns teams to great success in the mid-2000s. His ability to control the game and make his teammates better was second to none. Nash's impact on the game earned him a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

9. Walt Frazier

Walt Frazier was the heart and soul of the New York Knicks teams that won two NBA championships in the early 1970s. Known for his exceptional defense, clutch performances, and smooth style of play, Frazier was a true floor general. His ability to control the game and make the right plays at the right time made him one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

10. Gary Payton

Gary Payton, also known as "The Glove," was one of the most tenacious defenders in NBA history. His ability to shut down opposing point guards and disrupt the flow of the game was unmatched. Payton was a nine-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. His impact on the game, both defensively and offensively, solidifies his place among the top point guards of all time.

The point guard position has seen some truly exceptional players throughout NBA history. From Magic Johnson to Stephen Curry, these point guards have left an indelible mark on the game with their exceptional skills, leadership, and impact. While there are countless other great point guards who could have made this list, these ten players stand out as the cream of the crop. They have set the bar high for future generations and continue to inspire young players around the world.


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