Is Derrick Rose still in the top ten as a NBA Point Guard? Now that will spark conversation amongst the Pippen Peoples!
Now the Derrick Rose is back…again, and appears healthy, there is a question that needs to be answered over the course of the season.
Where does he rank in the top ten amongst the point guards in the NBA?
Point guard has been the most important position in the game for quite some time now, because your point guard is usually your leader. He is the guy that players rely on to be the coach on the court and point guards make the others around them better. Point guards usually lead the league in turnovers but that is because they touch the ball on every position. Everyone I know makes a point guard on their my career on NBA2k14 because they love the ability to have the ball in their hands every position. But what separates point guards from each other?
In order to become a good point guard you must: (Grading list for this scale)
1.) Have exceptional leadership skill
It takes your teammates believing in you. Exceptional leadership requires that the point guard shows exactly how to behave, with also not allowing anything bad to be said about your teammates. Take pride in what you do, be the coach on the court for your team.
2.) Have Physical Ability
This category is a little bit more difficult to judge because it takes everything into account. It takes ability to score, ability to make precise passes, ability to defend the perimeter and the ability to force turnovers. The most important asset consist of making precise passes and playing lockdown defense on the perimeter. Scoring is a category that I go back-and-forth on in debates with the public, because I love point guards who can get my team a bucket when it is needed.
3.) Limit Turnovers
In order to win at any level, your team must hold on to the basketball. Especially in the NBA, because turnovers start the fast break and with these athletic freaks they turn it to a dunk at the other end nearly every time. You cannot turnover the basketball at alarming rates and expect to win basketball games. As a point guard you are the coach on the floor, meaning you are held to the coaches job which is not making mistakes.
PG, Los Angeles Clippers
I don’t think at this point that you can make a case for any other point guard being listed as the number one point guard. Chris Paul coming off a 19.1 point per game, 10.7 assists per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 2.3 turnovers per game. He hasn’t had the playoff success but most of the top point guards haven’t.
PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
I love Russell Westbrook’s passion when he plays. Nobody plays harder than he does, even when he is having a bad game he is impacting the game in a different way other than scoring. Westbrook averaged 21.8 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 6.9 assists per game with a high 3.8 turnovers per game. A lot of people love Kevin Durant and won’t realize without Westbrook that Durant would be in trouble.
PG, Chicago Bulls
PG, Portland Trailblazers
PG, Boston Celtics
PG, Washington Wizards
John Wall and Bradley Beal are becoming a dynamic duo in the backcourt for the Wizards. They went to the second round of the post season last year in their first playoff appearances and could have easily been in the conference finals. Wall is an interesting point guard because of his ability to do everything on the floor, along with his unique speed with the basketball. Wall averaged 19.3 points per game, 8.8 assists per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 3.6 turnovers per game last season.
PG, San Antonio Spurs
PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
PG, Golden State Warriors
PG, Toronto Raptors