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NBA Point Guards Ranked (2018)

Check out my list of the leagues top Point Guards heading into the 2018-19 season! The players below are ranked according to the following skills-sets:

  • Scoring
  • Rebounding
  • Passing
  • Defense
  • Turnover Differential

Honorable Mention

  • Derrick Rose (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • JJ Barea (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Terry Rozier (Boston Celtics)
  • Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics)
  • DeAaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)
  • Ish Smith (Detroit Pistons)

*Please note that all rookies are omitted from this list.

30. Patrick Beverley (Los Angeles Clippers)

2017-18 Stats: 12 PPG-4 RPG-3 APG-0.5 BPG-1.7 SPG (11 Games)

  • 40% FG
  • 40% 3 Pt.
  • 82% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 23rd

Patrick Beverley was off to a strong start at his new home in Los Angeles until a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season after playing in just 11 games in 2018. He’ll never be a threat as a scorer but one thing is for sure…he will give you 110% on the defensive end of the floor night in and night out.

 

 

29. Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)

2017-18 Stats: 13 PPG-3 RPG-3 APG-0.3 BPG-0.9 SPG (48 Games)

  • 49% FG
  • 39% 3 Pt.
  • 88% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 29th

Brogdon was well on his way to becoming “the guy” at the point in Milwaukee until the trade of Eric Bledsoe. Brogdon isn’t near the athlete or scorer that Bledsoe is, but he’s definitely a much more efficient option for the Bucks when they are in need of a bucket in crunch time.

 

 

28. Rajon Rondo (Los Angeles Lakers)

2017-18 Stats: 8 PPG-4 RPG-8 APG-0.2 BPG-1.1 SPG (65 Games)

  • 47% FG
  • 33% 3 Pt.
  • 54% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 26th

Rajon Rondo is joining his arch-nemesis LeBron James in Los Angeles for his 14th season and he is no longer a lock to be the sure-fire starter at the point for the first time in his career. He will battle it out with second-year phenom, Lonzo Ball for the rights to be the top distributor in LA.

 

 

27. Darren Collison (Indiana Pacers)

2017-18 Stats: 12 PPG-2 RPG-5 APG-0.2 BPG-1.3 SPG (69 Games)

  • 50% FG
  • 47% 3 Pt.
  • 88% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 24th

Darren Collison has been a solid rotational point guard for years and that didn’t change in 2017. He’s nothing exceptional on the defensive end but he knows his role as a veteran and played a much more efficient game than Lance Stephenson did at the point for the Pacers in 2017.

 

 

26. Isaiah Thomas (Denver Nuggets)

2017-18 Stats: 15 PPG-2 RPG-5 APG-0.1 BPG-0.5 SPG (32 Games)

  • 37% FG
  • 29% 3 Pt.
  • 89% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 7th

What a major disappointment I.T. was last season. Granted, he rode an injury roller coaster for a majority of the season, he still just never lived up to the hype he was supposed to spill out in Cleveland, and after a fresh start in Los Angeles with the Lakers Thomas couldn’t play a role on defense to keep himself on the floor over other Point Guards on the roster like Alex Caruso. He’ll get another chance in 2018 because he’s an exceptional shooter when you don’t guard him, but you have to ask yourself if Isaiah Thomas was simply just a product of the system in Boston?

 

 

25. Austin Rivers (Washington Wizards)

2017-18 Stats: 15 PPG-2 RPG-4 APG-0.3 BPG-1.2 SPG (61 Games)

  • 42% FG
  • 38% 3 Pt.
  • 64% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: N/A

Austin Rivers found himself moved to a different role last season after Patrick Beverley went down. Instead of being a rotational two-guard, Rivers was moved to the point where he set career highs in points per game AND assists per game. Unfortunately, he was traded to the Wizards over the summer and we have no clue what role he’ll play in Washington with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the lineup.

 

 

24. Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)

2017-18 Stats: 12 PPG-3 RPG-6 APG-0.3 BPG-0.9 SPG (80 Games)

  • 39% FG
  • 33% 3 Pt.
  • 81 % Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: Honorable Mention

The 2017-18 season was sort of a breakout campaign for Spencer Dinwiddie. Brooklyn has a loaded backcourt with D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, and Spencer Dinwiddie but due to repetitive injury cycles, Russell and Lin have had a hard time staying on the court. Dinwiddie will only get better with experience. Expect an even better year in 2018.

 

 

23. Jeremy Lin (Atlanta Hawks)

2017-18 Stats: N/A

2017 Rank: 21st

An injury forced Jeremy Lin to miss the entire 2017-18 season, but if he can return to form at full health he’s a borderline “top 15” point guard in the NBA. The Nets need veteran leadership so keeping Jeremy Lin around is most likely the wise thing to do.

 

 

22. D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets)

2017-18 Stats: 15 PPG-4 RPG-5 APG-0.4 BPG-0.8 SPG (48 Games)

  • 41% FG
  • 32% 3 Pt.
  • 74% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 20th

Back to back to back Brooklyn point guards? Yes. I really don’t believe there’s a huge gap between any of them. If you want to make an argument that Dinwiddie is better than both Lin and Russell, I won’t be upset about it because you can definitely make a solid argument. Personally, I just believe that Russell has the highest ceiling and he’s a lot more athletic than Lin and Dinwiddie. Thus, the highest ranking.

 

 

21. Elfrid Payton (New Orleans Pelicans)

2017-18 Stats: 12 PPG-4 RPG-6 APG-0.3 BPG-1.2 SPG (63 Games)

  • 49% FG
  • 33% 3 Pt.
  • 65% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 19th

Elfrid Payton has returned to his home state of Louisiana to team up with Anthony Davis. Payton is a perfect fit in the New Orleans offense and he should prove to be an upgrade over Rajon Rondo at the point.

 

 

20. Ricky Rubio (Utah Jazz)

2017-18 Stats: 13 PPG-4 RPG-5 APG-0.1 BPG-1.6 SPG (77 Games)

  • 42% FG
  • 35% 3 Pt.
  • 87% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 18th

Ricky Rubio stepped his game up in the scoring department last season but he also took a major step back as a distributor. Though, a lot of that probably has to do with the emergence of rookie phenom Donovan Mitchell. Rubio has reached his peak as a player in this league. He’s good, but my feeling is that he’ll never eclipse the “top 15” point guard mark. He’s an excellent passer who plays good defense and poses no threat as a scorer.

 

 

19. Kris Dunn (Chicago Bulls)

2017-18 Stats: 13 PPG-4 RPG-6 APG-0.5 BPG-2 SPG (52 Games)

  • 43% FG
  • 32% 3 Pt.
  • 74% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: Honorable Mention

In his first season as a Bull, Kris Dunn took a big step forward as a starter. The numbers are nothing incredible but for a good majority of the season, Dunn was the best option Chicago had. Expect him to only get better with time. A weakened Eastern Conference should also benefit him greatly in 2018.

 

 

18. Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks)

2017-18 Stats: 15 PPG-4 RPG-5 APG-0.3 BPG-1 SPG (69 Games)

  • 40% FG
  • 31% 3 Pt.
  • 69% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: N/A

Denny Smith’s rookie season wasn’t enough to win him “Rookie of the Year” but it was still spectacular nonetheless. The Mavericks are currently in rebuild mode and he’s at the centerpiece. His numbers and contribution are only going to grow more and more as each season comes and goes. Expect him to be much higher on this list than #18 in next summer’s rankings.

 

 

17. Jamaal Murray (Denver Nuggets)

2017-18 Stats: 16 PPG-3 RPG-3 APG-0.3 BPG-1 SPG (81 Games)

  • 45% FG
  • 38% 3 Pt.
  • 91% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: N/A

Emmanuel Mudiay and Jameer Nelson were traded away and Jamaal Murray stepped forward to take the call. Not many point guards in the NBA were as reliable as Murray was in 2017 (missed just one game). He’s efficient on the offensive end of the floor and doesn’t try to do too much in crunch time. The Nuggets were wise handing this kid the torch. It’ll be interesting to see how he improves in 2018.

 

 

16. Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers)

2017-18 Stats: 10 PPG-7 RPG-7 APG-0.8 BPG-1.7 SPG (52 Games)

  • 36% FG
  • 31% 3 Pt.
  • 45% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: N/A

Lonzo was less than impressive as a scorer in his rookie season. His shot is about as awkward as they come and his efficiency on the offensive end was very poor, but in my opinion, he was still the best rookie point guard not named Ben Simmons. He nearly averaged a triple-double in his rookie season and he was called upon to be a leader on a VERY young Lakers team. The addition of LeBron James should help him immensely, on AND off the floor.

 

 

15. Jeff Teague (Minnesota Timberwolves)

2017-18 Stats: 14 PPG-3 RPG-7 APG-0.3 BPG-1.5 SPG (70 Games)

  • 45% FG
  • 37% 3 Pt.
  • 85% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 13th

Jeff Teague had moments where he looked like a top 10 point guard last season…and he also had moments where Timberwolves fans wanted to boot him out of Target Center. For the most part, he’s very consistent, but he has moments where he tries to do too much on the offensive end and that’s generally not something that needs to occur when you have guys like Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins assisting you in that department.

 

 

14. Goran Dragic (Miami Heat)

2017-18 Stats: 17 PPG-4 RPG-5 APG-0.2 BPG-0.8 SPG (75 Games)

  • 45% FG
  • 37% 3 Pt.
  • 80% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 12th

Goran Dragic has been a reliable veteran for the Heat for three straight seasons…playing in more than 70 games each year. Dragic took a step back statistically in 2017, but he’s been a consistent veteran presence for Miami since he landed there.

 

 

13. Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee Bucks)

2017-18 Stats: 18 PPG-4 RPG-5 APG-0.6 BPG-2 SPG (74 Games)

  • 48% FG
  • 35% 3 Pt.
  • 80% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 10th

I like the change of scenery for Bledsoe in Milwaukee. With a stronger cast of offensive talent around him, he wasn’t asked to do as much as a scoring threat. Statistically, he took a step back last season, but his efficiency numbers all took a step forward. His field goal and three-point percentage spiked in 2017. I still question his shot selection when the game gets tight and he’s still as lazy on defense as he was when he first came into the league, but Eric Bledsoe is undoubtedly one of the top point guards in all of basketball.

 

 

12. Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)

2017-18 Stats: 16 PPG-5 RPG-7 APG-0.2 BPG-1.1 SPG (78 Games)

  • 43% FG
  • 40% 3 Pt.
  • 85% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 6th

I without a doubt ranked Kyle Lowry much too high in last offseason’s point guard rankings. He’s good, don’t get me wrong. He can stroke it…and when he catches fire it’s tough to cool him off. But to be a borderline top 5 point guard in the NBA you have to be at least serviceable on not only offense but on defense as well and that’s something Lowry simply doesn’t do. He gets exposed every. single. season when it matters most and he hasn’t given me any reason to believe I should move him up on this list going into his 14th season.

 

 

11. Dennis Schroder (Oklahoma City Thunder)

2017-18 Stats: 19 PPG-3 RPG-6 APG-0.1 BPG-1.1 SPG (67 Games)

  • 44% FG
  • 29% 3 Pt.
  • 85% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 15th

Dennis Schroder has improved with each and every season that he has been in the league and in 2017 he proved that he is a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, he was the only capable threat on the Hawks. Atlanta has a young team and is currently in full re-build mode after the departure of guys like Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford. Dennis Schroder is leading the charge and the Hawks need to find a way to surround him with the correct talent before he wants out.

 

 

10. Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans)

2017-18 Stats: 19 PPG-4 RPG-6 APG-0.8 BPG-1.5 SPG (81 Games)

  • 49% FG
  • 34% 3 Pt.
  • 79% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 14th

Coming off of the best season of his career, Jrue Holiday actually played the two-guard spot in 2017, though I still classify him as a point guard. His shooting is average, but what he does excel at is getting to the bucket with an exceptional finish rate. He shoots a lot of free throws and he does a good job of drawing multiple defenders to him to open up his teammates. There’s a reason Anthony Davis is coming off of a career year as well.

 

 

9. Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)

2017-18 Stats: 17 PPG-2 RPG-4 APG-0.3 BPG-1 SPG (12 Games)

  • 38% FG
  • 31% 3 Pt.
  • 80% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 11th

Mike Conley’s 2017 season was cut short due to a gruesome Achilles injury, so it was tough to rank him on this list. Conley has never been the best scorer, shooter, rebounder, or passer but what he does do well is play defense and lead his team. He’s a “well-rounded” point guard that’s a jack of all trades and master of none. Most people probably don’t agree that Conley is a top 10 point in the NBA but he hasn’t shown me anything to make me change my mind, yet.

 

 

8. Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

2017-18 Stats: 22 PPG-3 RPG-5 APG-0.3 BPG-1.1 SPG (80 Games)

  • 43% FG
  • 38% 3 Pt.
  • 86% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 9th

Moving up one spot in the rankings from last year. You have to wonder how impatient Kemba Walker is beginning to get. Heading into his 8th season in the league, Walker still hasn’t won anything relevant. His team has made the playoffs a few times, but always seem to find the exit quickly. At what point do you begin to get fed up? LeBron James has left the Eastern Conference. There’s no better time to take advantage of the East than right now.

 

 

7. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)

2017-18 Stats: 16 PPG-8 RPG-8 APG-0.9 BPG-1.7 SPG (81 Games)

  • 55% FG
  • 0% 3 Pt.
  • 56% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: N/A

After missing all of his rookie season, Ben Simmons missed just one game in year two. This kid is a phenomenal star, and Colin Cowherd might have said it best. LeBron James is preparing himself to hand the league’s torch down to Ben Simmons, who I also believe will be the best player in the league within the next 5 years. He can’t shoot, I get that, but that is his ONLY weakness. Simmons is probably the most unique point guard we’ve seen since Magic Johnson.

 

 

6. John Wall (Washington Wizards)

2017-18 Stats: 19 PPG-4 RPG-9 APG-1.1 BPG-1.4 SPG (41 Games)

  • 42% FG
  • 37% 3 Pt.
  • 73% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 2nd

After an injury tainted season, John Wall dropped down four spots on this years list. Much like Ben Simmons, John Wall isn’t a very good shooter and he may never develop a successful stroke as long as he is in this league, but what he does give you is a true distributor at the point and 110% on the defensive end of the floor. I’m confident that you won’t find a better defender at the point in the NBA than John Wall.

 

 

5. Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)

2017-18 Stats: 18 PPG-5 RPG-8 APG-0.2 BPG-1.7 SPG (58 Games)

  • 46% FG
  • 38% 3 Pt.
  • 92% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 8th

Moving into my top five point guards, we start with the seasoned veteran Chris Paul. 13 seasons in and Paul is still playing at a high level. Unfortunately, I believe that we have already begun to see the decline of CP3. He’s never had the opportunity to play in the NBA Finals and he’s beginning to run out of time. James Harden and the Rockets are most likely his best chance to get a shot at a Championship.

 

 

4. Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)

2017-18 Stats: 24 PPG-4 RPG-5 APG-0.3 BPG-1.1 SPG (60 Games)

  • 49% FG
  • 41% 3 Pt.
  • 89% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 5th

Had Kyrie Irving not injured his knee, I have not a single doubt in my mind that the Celtics would’ve been the Eastern Conference representative in the NBA Finals in 2017. I stand by what I said last offseason…Kyrie Irving has the best current offensive skill set in the league. He’s completely unguardable and his ability to finish contested shots at the rim is jaw-dropping. But like every player, Irving has a weakness and his just so happens to be his effort. He can play defense. We’ve seen him lock down Stephen Curry in the Finals when his team needs a stop in the fourth. But the entire game isn’t played in the fourth quarter. He has 36 other minutes where he plays at 75-80% on defense instead of 100%.

 

 

3. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)

2017-18 Stats: 27 PPG-4 RPG-6 APG-0.4 BPG-1.1 SPG (73 Games)

  • 44% FG
  • 36% 3 Pt.
  • 92% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 3rd

I love Damian Lillard. It seems like the guy single-handedly wills his team to the playoffs every season. But unfortunately, he plays in a Western Conference full of all-star teams that prevents him from ever getting out of the second round. You might be asking yourself why he’s higher on this list than Kyrie Irving. Good question. Tough call for me. I don’t believe the gap as a scoring threat between the two players is that wide and I believe Dame is a better defender and that’s enough for me to push him over Kyrie’s shoulders. They’re two very similar players.

 

 

2. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

2017-18 Stats: 26 PPG-5 RPG-6 APG-0.2 BPG-1.6 SPG (51 Games)

  • 50% FG
  • 42% 3 Pt.
  • 92% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 4th

Enjoy this while it lasts. Appreciate greatness. We may be witnessing the best pure shooter of all-time. Stephen Curry, not Kevin Durant…is the face of the Golden State franchise. In a team full of all-stars, this is the guy that oils the motor. Curry missed 31 games in 2017 and the Warriors didn’t necessarily “struggle” without #30, but they weren’t nearly as efficient with him off the hardwood. When Stephen Curry is on the floor the Warriors look virtually unstoppable. His ability to run the offense and create spacing is “Hall of Fame elite” and he is the pilot of a dynasty that doesn’t seem to be landing anytime soon.

 

 

1. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)

2017-18 Stats: 25 PPG-10 RPG-10 APG-0.3 BPG-1.8 SPG (80 Games)

  • 45% FG
  • 30% 3 Pt.
  • 74% Free Throw
  • 2017 Rank: 1st

For the second year in a row, Russell Westbrook comes in as the best point guard in basketball…and rightfully so. In 2017, Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to AVERAGE a triple-double throughout the season. He can score at will, he rebounds the ball like a seven-foot Center, dishes the ball with the best of them, and plays above-average defense.

When you’re at the top year after year, you will eventually develop critics that question everything about your game and much like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook has reached that stage of his career. “He pads his stats for himself.” Really? You don’t think this guy doesn’t want to win a championship? Have you seen the passion he plays with? How upset he gets when he gets beat out of the playoffs year after year?

“Players don’t like playing with him.” Really? Kevin Durant didn’t leave because he didn’t like playing with Russ. Durant left because he saw the easiest route to winning a championship was in Golden State. Paul George (who is from Los Angeles) has been rumored for three years now that as soon as he became a free agent he would bolt to LA to play for his hometown Lakers. PG-13 finally had that opportunity this summer and instead returned to Oklahoma City to play with Westbrook. Have you ever actually read or seen somewhere that players “hate” playing with Russ? I didn’t think so.

The thing I love about Russell Westbrook is his loyalty. He won’t leave Oklahoma City until he brings that city a championship and as long as he’s there they will remain competitive year after year, regardless of who is around him because he consistently elevates the play of his teammates. Respect greatness. Don’t question it.

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