NBA’s Top 5 Greatest Point Guards of All Time

Point Guards are the vital cogs of every plays that the coach have in their mind. And they are the one acting as a leader in the court. Point Guards are also know now as the Court Generals. And with this, we will ranked the Top 5 Greatest Point Guards in NBA History that raised the level of skills of being a point guard.

1. Magic Johnson – Los Angeles Lakers (1979-91, 1995-96)

Honors
Three-time MVP (1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90), three-time Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA selection, Hall of Fame
Championships
5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Career stats
19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG, .520 FG%

2. Oscar Robertson – Cincinnati Royals (1960-70), Milwaukee Bucks (1970-74)
Honors
MVP (1963-64), 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA selection, Rookie of the Year (1960-61), Hall of Fame
Championships
1 (1971)
Career stats
25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, .485 FG%

3. Isiah Thomas – Detroit Pistons (1981-94)
Honors
Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, Hall of Fame
Championships
2 (1989, 1990)
Career stats
19.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 9.3 APG, 1.9 SPG

4. John Stockton – Utah Jazz (1984-2003)
Honors
10-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA selection, five-time All-D selection, Hall of Fame
Championships
None
Career stats
13.1 PPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, .384 3P%

5. Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns (1996-98, 2004-12), Dallas Mavericks (1998-2004), Los Angeles Lakers (2012-15)
Honors
Two-time MVP (2004-05, 2005-06), eight-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection
Championships
None
Career stats
14.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 8.5 APG, .428 3P%

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Top 5 Greatest Point Guards of All-Time

     

Point Guard, the most specialized role in the game Basketball, because they are the one who starts the team’s offense. They create scoring opportunities, handles the ball, sets up plays and controls the tempo of the game, and they’re the one who is responsible for the team’s successful offense. Leadership, is the key to be a great point guard, and it is the attitude that these players shown using decision-making and passing ability.

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5. Steve Nash

           Despite not getting a championship, Steve Nash will be remembered for his leadership. With his crafty passing skills, setting up teammates for an easy basket inside or a wide open shot outside and his tremendous shooting, Nash was able to win the NBA MVP for a consecutive season (2005, 2006). Even with his poor defense, he seems to recover on offense and be one of the greatest floor generals in the NBA history.

NBA Career Statistics:

  • Points – 17,387 (14.3 ppg)
  • Rebounds – 3,642 (3.0 rpg)
  • Assists – 10,335 (8.5 apg)

 

4. John Stockton

           Utah Jazz’s greatest point guard, a floor general, holds the NBA  records for most career assists with 15,806 and most career steals with 3,265 because of his great court vision, passing skills, open court play and his active hands. He was also a great finisher, attacking the basket, and a pick-and-roll maestro with the help of Karl Malone for an easy basket inside or a three pointer.
          Even though he didn’t win a championship, because of the Bulls led by Jordan, his greatness is known and regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

NBA Career Statistics:

  • Points – 19,711 (13.1 ppg)
  • Assists – 15,806 (10.5 apg)
  • Steals –  3,265 (2.2 spg)

 

3. Isiah Thomas

         
          The leader of the ”Piston Bad Boys”, Isiah Thomas, was known for his toughness, fearlessly hustle game and hard work on the court. Thomas also excelled in his great finishes inside and setting up teammates for a basket using his passing skills.
          Thomas was able to win championships for a two consecutive seasons (1989, 1990), and he ranks fifth in assists and ninth in steals in the league history.

NBA Career Statistics:

  •  Points – 18,822 (19.2 ppg)
  • Assists – 9,061 (9.3 apg)
  • Steals – 1,861 (1.9 spg)

 

2. Oscar Robertson

         
          In Robertson’s era, he was an unstoppable at his position, his physical game and court mentality made him one of the greatest point guards of all time. Mr. Triple Double, the only player to average a triple double in a season, won one NBA MVP and brought the Buck their only championship (1971).

NBA Career Statistics:

  • Points – 26,710 (25.7 ppg)
  • Rebounds – 7,804 (7.5 rpg)
  • Assists – 9,887 (9.5 apg)

 

1. Magic Johnson 

          The greatest point guard of all time, and one of the greatest players of all-time in the NBA history, a five time NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), three times NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987) and three times NBA MVP (1987, 1989, 1990) was really a great player, proven by his overall play, that he can play all the positions in the game comfortably. His great passing, open court plays, and his scoring abilities made him dominated the position and be called a “Point God”.
NBA Career Statistics:
  • Points – 17,707 (19.5 ppg)
  • Rebounds – 6,559 (7.2 rpg)
  • Assists – 10,141 (11.2 apg)

  

             

Basketball: What is a Point Forward?

Point Forward is an unofficial position who share the attributes of a Point guard and a Forward (wikipedia). It is a role that usually played by tall Forwards who has great vision on the court and capability to bring up the ball and facilitate the offense.

It can be used for a team who have guards who is not strong ball-handlers and to free their guards to score outside. It can lure the taller defender in the perimeter and create more pressure on the post.
But only several systems and plays supports this position.

John Johnson, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson,Lamar Odom to set some examples of point forwards who dominated the league before. Lebron James also played the Point-forward effectively before in the Miami Heat. This position also creates more depth in the rotation, having a player who can play and dominate in different positions.