The game of basketball has changed in so many ways since it was invented. James Naismith started a sport in 1891 that will be a beloved sport all over the world in the future. Today, the NBA is commanded by fast-paced gameplay, and most shots are now coming from the three-point line. With new talents emerging each year and current players getting better. We are counting 5 of the best point guards in the league today and why they are the best.
5. Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)
Just in his 3rd year, Ja has already achieved many accolades to add to his resume. He is now a starter in his all-star debut. He also was the 2020 Rookie of the Year, an award he beat Zion Williamson to. At the age of 22, he is not yet in his prime, but he looks like a superstar point guard out there every night.
He is averaging 27-7-6, and the Grizzlies are currently 3rd in the western conference (40-18). Just after only playing three years, he has already been compared to a hall-of-Famer, Allen Iverson. He has crazy athleticism, the ability to score the basket, and the will to lead a team.
Ja is relatively young and is still showing signs of some weak spots. But, overall, he definitely looks like a future superstar point guard. The future solid cornerstone of the Memphis Grizzlies.
4. Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)
Dame is an extremely talented player in the league. Although, his team is struggling and is not looking tight without him due to an injury. For years, he has been the franchise player for the Trailblazers. Consistently leading Rip City to a playoff spot for 8 straight years (2014-2021).
He and Curry are known for shooting long threes. They make shooting from the logo and the half-court look easy. He has a career average of 25 points per game while making 34% from the trifecta. His best year was in 2019 when he averaged 30 points per game and 40.1% field goal from three.
Even with Dame struggling and injured, he still managed to produced huge and impressive numbers. That is why he is third in this list for the current best point guards.
3. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Luka Doncic a.k.a Luka Magic has been a phenomenal basketball player ever since he was drafted. Breaking records, after records, after records.
The 22-year-old is already a three-time all-star and was an all-NBA team member. Luka has a great basketball IQ and court vision, which makes him an excellent point guard. Also, the Mavs can count on him to produce consistent numbers each night. He even makes triple-doubles like a piece of cake. His career averages are 26 points, 8 assists, and 9 rebounds per contest.
2. Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns)
CP3 is again leading the young guns of the Phoenix Suns, as they are the best team in the NBA this season. With Paul, being his usual “Point God” self, the team looks exciting every night.
Chris Paul’s basketball IQ is above average. Only a few players can catch up to his intelligence. He is also known for his basketball antics and trash-talking, but this is not the reason why he is number two.
The fact that the Phoenix Suns is the leading team in the league, is the reason Paul is still the “Point God”. He produces 18 points and 11 assists a night. Even at the age of 37, he is still consistently producing these types of numbers on a daily basis. He does not need to score, Devin Booker can do that. But, his playmaking, defense, court awareness, and leadership are the x-factor for this team’s success.
1. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
There is no question that Steph is still the best point guard in the league. He even is up there as one of the best point guards of all time, but that is for another topic.
Steph changed the game. Period. The 2016 unanimous MVP changed the landscape of the NBA by a landslide. He’s the greatest shooter of all time, but his playmaking ability is often overshadowed by his scoring ability. He is averaging 26 points and 6 assists per game. Curry can either play off the ball or be the main ball handler.
Now that Klay is back, we can see more of that Splash Bros action once again. Admittedly, Steph is mediocre in defense, but the Warriors defense is stronger when the team is complete and healthy.
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