Mar 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Clippers defeated the Rockets 118-107. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Where is Derrick Rose In The Top-10 NBA Point Guards?

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.

 

1

Chris Paul

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.

2

Russell Westbrook

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.

3

Derrick Rose

PG, Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose hasn’t been around for the last two seasons but last time we’ve saw him in full form, he was the league MVP. A lot of people think he is back, I’m going to fall into it and put him 3rd on the list.
4

Damian Lillard

PG, Portland Trailblazers

This spot for Lillard might be seen as a little insane, but Lillard is a big time scoring point guard and is a rising decision maker in this league. He is coming off averaging 20.7 points per game, 5.6 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and only 2.4 turnovers per game. Damian Lillard is only 24-years old and is going into his 3rd NBA season.
5

Rajon Rondo

PG, Boston Celtics

Rondo was recovering from his ACL injury last season. Looks like this year the Celtics will be playing him a lot more this year, which will help his stats out tremendously. Rondo is a gifted point guard that defends at a high energy level. He is a passionate point guard, not afraid to defend his teammates even with bigger players in the mix. Rondo is getting the “coach killer’ label which I don’t think is fair, I think he is more just of a hand full. Rondo averaged 11.7 points per game, 9.8 assist per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 3.3 turnovers per game in just 30 games played.
6

John Wall

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.

7

Tony Parker

PG, San Antonio Spurs

Tony Parker is a system point guard sure. But he is staying within the system so I am not going to try and pull him out and see what happens to him. He can play and he has the ability to score the basketball. Parker is coming off a season where he averaged 16.7 points per game, 5.7 assists per game, 2.3 rebounds per game, and only 2.2 turnovers per game.
8

Kyrie Irving

PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

Every person I talk to, mostly fans, believe that Kyrie is an elite talent. Lucky for him, he has LeBron James now and he will be able to showcase his elite talent. Kyrie is getting better defensively every year and he came off a season averaging 20.8 points per game, 6.1 assists per game, 3.6 rebounds per game and only 2.7 turnovers per game.

9

Stephen Curry

PG, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry isn’t that impressive on the defensive end. He turns the ball over at a high rate and is only great skill is three ball shooting. I like Curry, but without Klay Thompson he would be asked to guard the best guards in the game and he wouldn’t be able to do it. Curry averaged 24 points per game, 8.5 assists per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 3.8 turnovers per game.
10

Kyle Lowry

PG, Toronto Raptors

This is the pick that the majority of people are going to disagree with. A fan that I talked to before completing this list wanted Jrue Holiday in this spot. However, Kyle Lowry proved last season that he is a big time point guard. Lowry averaged 17.9 points per game, 7.4 assists per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and only 2.5 turnovers per game.

 

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