The court generals and the heart and soul of the team the point guards have bigger roles in the team’s chemistry. They direct the offense and they are the first line of defense. With days left before tipoff let’s try to evaluate the NBA’s top ten point guards coming to this 2010 NBA season.
10. Gilbert Arenas (WAS) –He only averaged 13 points last season in just 2 games because of injuries. “Hibachi” who was recently got fined after snubbing the media decided to be more of a contributor rather than the offensive dynamo this coming season. He will still be a 20 plus points per game guy but expect a more productive Washington Wizards with Arenas back facilitating. He is still one of the best point guard out there but after missing almost the entire season last year there is still some cloud of doubt about his legs.
9. Rajon Rondo (BOS) – He can outrun everybody and he plays pretty good defense but he has to learn to shoot the ball consistently as good as he is he still needs to improve his shooting. He is still a solid top ten candidate though
8. Devin Harris – Many would disagree about this since Devin should rightfully belong on the top 5 point guard list. His 21.3 ppg and 6.9 assist per game is a clear indication of his highly improved game but with individual statistics aside he still needs to put his team in the playoffs especially with Carter out of the picture he has to carry a much bigger load this time.
7. Jason Kidd (DAL) – Kidd defies father time once again the 36 year old point guard is still very solid with his midrange shooting and pin point passing. With a better cast Kidd has virtually improved his assists and has added a new arsenal when his three point shots are slowly finding its mark.
6. Tony Parker (SA) – a steady offensive performance averaging 22.0 ppg his highest since 2006 Tony Parker will be in for a great year this season but with his recent injury and his low medium range percentage it made him slid down to the top 6. The Spurs will be one of the teams to watch for with newly signed Richard Jefferson and sensational rookie Dajuan Blair.
5. Derrick Rose (CHI) – The rookie of the year and his taking the Chicago Bulls in a different level and he’s doing it with everybody involved in offense he is a complete player but still needs the experience. He can be the top point guard in the NBA at about a year or two from now.
4. Steve Nash (PHO) – He is the perfect definition of a complete point guard. With Alvin Gentry inculcating back the Mike D’ Antoni days Nash and Stoudemire are back on their run and gun and pick and roll system. Expect a good Phoenix Suns team this season.
3. Chauncy Billups (DEN) – Last year wasn’t a big year for Chauncy Billups statistically but his accomplishments were phenomenal. He took his Nuggets team all the way to the conference finals and with basically the same roster last year the Nuggets are still a solid team. Billups is a proven winner and that’s the culture he is bringing to the Nuggets.
2. Deron Williams (UTA) – 19.4 points per game is typical of an NBA superstar but what make him different are his 10.7 assists per game. A typical pass first point guard Deron is soaring to greater heights.
1. Chris Paul (NOH)- If you are averaging about 23 points per game and you lead the NBA in assists at 11 per game and in a consistent basis then you must be a very good point guard the shoot first with offensive prowess kind of point guard or maybe you are just Chris Paul. No doubt about it Chris Paul continues to give MVP stats every year and with a better and versatile team Chris Paul is on a tear. Watch out for the new and improve Hornets.