Ja Morant Names Himself as a Top 5 Point Guard Alongside Stephen Curry, Leaves Out Luka Doncic

Published 09/27/2021, 2:15 AM EDT
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hugs Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) after the game at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The greatest point guard of all time? A debate that will go on forever. The NBA has seen some of the world’s best point guards in the past. The likes of Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West used to run the show in the past. Magic was so dominant that he was nicknamed ‘Point God’. However, the NBA keeps on producing talented point guards. Among the current batch of point guards, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Ja Morant are some of the players who are the best in running the show for their respective teams.

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Recently, Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant ranked himself among the top five point guards in the game. He also revealed the top five point guards in the NBA and included Warriors star, Stephen Curry. However, to everyone’s surprise, Morant left out Mavs star Luka Doncic.

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Ja Morant picks his top 5 PG, includes Stephen Curry

Grizzlies star Ja Morant recently spoke to ‘HoopsHype’ ahead of the training camp. He talked about the expectation from the new season. He was asked to rank himself among the best point guards in the NBA. To this, he replied: “Top 5”.

Then he was asked to reveal the names of the other four, whom he rates as the best point guards in the NBA. Surprisingly, he leaves out Luka Doncic’s name.

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“Steph (Curry). I’m a big Chris Paul fan. I’d say Dame (Lillard) and (Russell) Westbrook. It’s tough. The point guard position is so loaded. Some guys have to get left out,” Morant told the ‘HoopsHype‘.

Indeed, it’s hard to pick the top five as the league is loaded with top-quality point guards. Stephen Curry is regarded by many as one of the best point guards of all time. He was already a top PG but last season; he took his role to a different level as he carried the team by himself to the play-in spots.

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Apr 14, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots in the second half as Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (77) defends at FedExForum. Dallas won 114-113. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic, 22, is a generational talent. Imagine being called the best in your position at the age of 22. Morant didn’t include him in his top five, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he is unstoppable. Doncic has never gone past the first round of the playoffs. So, we’re yet to see a serious playoff run from him with the Mavs.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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