Every position on the court has its role. The Point Guards are the floor generals, capable of not only putting up decent scoring numbers, but are the main facilitators of their team (unless your team has LeBron James). They are now capable 3-point shooters as well. When Isaiah Thomas claimed to be the best Point Guard in the league, let’s look at our top 5, based on last season’s performances. If you want to engage in basketball betting, look no further than these players.
Chris Paul – Houston Rockets
18.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 7.9 apg, 1.7 spg
Questions were raised on the co-existence of James Harden and Chris Paul in the same team. The number one seed in the Western Conference and a trip to the Western Conference finals was more than enough to dispel any doubts.
Chris Paul has been one of the most consistent scoring and providing guards in the league. He may not have a large presence on the boards, but the 9x All-Star has been a member of the NBA defensive team for 9 seasons. He was one of the key defensive additions made by the Rockets last season and he and James Harden shared ball-handling responsibilities admirably. He more than pulled his weight on the defensive end as well.
Perhaps one of his most admirable traits is his low turnover rate. He turned the ball over just a little over 2 times a game last season. Heading into his 14th season, there’s no reason why Paul can’t be another top 5 Point Guard in the league.
Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
26.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.1 spg
Consistently, he is the most over looked point guard in the league. Many have written off Lillard and the Trail Blazers, yet they are the truest definition of the league’s dark horse. Despite his consistently brilliant numbers, Lillard is just a 3x All-star. They have made the playoffs in every season he has led the team.
Last season, he led the Blazers to an impressive 3rd seed in a tightly contested Western Conference. He became the 3rd Blazer to be All-NBA first team and was 4th in regular season scoring. Unfortunately for him, he did not maintain that scoring form in the post season, as they were swept by the Pelicans.
Lillard has consistently been over looked but has never lacked regular season consistency. The only detail he might need to improve on is his Field goal % which is at a career 43.2% accuracy.
Kyrie Irving – Boston Celtics
24.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.1 spg
His first season out of Cleveland was a successful regular season with the Boston Celtics. Not only was he scoring well above his career average, Irving was having his best season in field goal accuracy. 49% field goal and 41% 3-point were career bests for the 5x All-star.
With the C’s, he was the leader of his own team. Boston may have given up a lot in the trade for Irving, but emerged the real winners amongst the two. Consistently leading the young Celtics, they took the number 2 spot in the East. This happened even after Irving was shut down in March to help in treatment of his knee (where he was experiencing soreness and had suffered a fracture in 2015).
Irving is back, and the Celtics have a healthy, more experienced and young roster. With James moving out of the East, this can really be Irving’s conference, and he is confident of taking it to the Warriors in the 2019 NBA finals.
Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
25.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 10.3 apg, 1.8 spg
Westbrook is now the only player in NBA history to average a triple double for 2 consecutive seasons. It’s no mean feat what he has accomplished. Unlike his first season, he had capable backup in 2017-18. Yet there were issues within the team, and the Thunder could not reach their full potential. Once again, Westbrook did selfishly and unselfishly both carry his team and fill up his stat sheet.
His Achilles heel: low accuracy and bulk of the shot making. Russell Westbrook shot a career worst from the 3-point line, at below 30%. He also has turned the ball over a lot, at nearly 5 times a game. This can be costly especially as seen during the playoffs, when the Thunder were outplayed by a team oriented Jazz. However, it cannot be denied, individually he is a force to be reckoned with. With his star cast not performing in the playoffs, Westbrook was the only one who turned up, despite his monumental shot count.
With George staying in Oklahoma, Dennis Scroder Arriving and Carmelo’s departure, Westbrook can have some of the pressure relived off him. If he can become the scoring point guard and play for the team, a deeper playoff run is not out of the question for Oklahoma.
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
26.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.6 spg
The two time MVP, can be the best point guard in the league. Sure he played only 51 games last season, but his numbers make him a key member of the Warriors juggernaut. What makes Curry lethal is his 3 point and efficient scoring prowess. Last season he averaged 49.5% field goal accuracy and 42.3% from beyond the arc.
The only question mark for the upcoming season is adjustment. The Warriors will have DeMarcus Cousins lining up at centre. With 4 players capable of averaging at least 22 points a night, Curry will have to adjust as would the rest of his team mates.
The Warriors led by Curry, are the favorites to win the NBA title. On a personal level, he will be looking to cement himself in the top 5 of 3-pointers made in the NBA.