There was a semi-spirited discussion on SVP and Russillo show Wednesday. Russillo and Tim Legler were debating where to rank today's NBA point guards.
They both agreed on the top 4 - Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker. Hard to argue w/ those in the top 4 although they really never ranked them. They both agreed there is an abundance of great PGs right now. Shooting guards not so much.
They both had Wall in the 6-8 range. The next tier mainly consisted of Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Wall, Goran Dragic, Rajon Rondo (if healthy). It got me thinking how I would rank these PGs right now.
I kind of think today's PGs need other categories within their position. There are super-athletic PGs - Westbrook, Wall, Derrick Rose (when healthy). There are super-scoring PGs - Curry, Irving, Lillard. There are mainly great distributors - Rondo probably fits that bill mainly. There are those who can both score and assist very well - Paul, Parker. I am not sure where Dragic fits in (ESPN lists him as a shooting guard) but probably in the scoring/assist both well category.
I believe Paul (when healthy) is the best and has been the last 4-5 years. Parker's resume is top-notch but he is fading a little. Same goes for Rondo.
Wall can break into the top 5 with another 2-3 years like this one. Of those super-athletic PGs, Wall seems to have the best ability to distribute. If he can up his scoring average slightly (maybe to 21-22 PG) and average over 10 assists/game, then he is well on his way.
Here are my rankings:
3. Parker (when healthy)
4. Westbrook (when healthy)
9. Kyle Lowry
10. Ty Lawson.
That leaves off some super honorable mentions - Rose (note could easily jump back in top 10 when healthy), Kemba Walker, Rondo, Isaiah Thomas, Deron Williams (when healthy), etc..
Great heyday for PGs.