The discussion for best point guard in the NBA is currently one of the best discussions in all of sports. It all depends what you expect out of your point guard and what system you like to run. Before the season I ranked my Top 10 point guards in the league coming into the season.
1, Chris Paul
2. Deron Williams
3. Derrick Rose
4. Rajon Rondo
5. Steve Nash
6. Tony Parker
7. Russell Westbrook
8. Kyrie Irving
9. Ty Lawson
10. Ricky Rubio
By reading my preseason list, I clearly had big expectations for some players and didn’t even rate players not on this list. Deron Williams clearly wasn’t one of the two best point guards in the league this season and players like Steph Curry and Mike Conley definitely solidified themselves as premier point guards.
With that being said, here are my Top 10 point guards of the 2012-2013 season.
10. Ty Lawson: 16.7 PPG, 6.9 APG, 2.7 RPG, 1.5 STL, 2.5 TO, 46 FG%, 38 3p%, 77 FT%
Lawson and the Nuggets were remarkable on offense once again this season. The Nuggets led the league in points this season for the second straight year, along with being second in rebounds and third in assists. Lawson is the engine that kept George Karl’s car going. The Nuggets set a franchise record for most wins in a season (57) and had an amazing 38-3 record at home. Denver choked in the playoffs and couldn’t stop the Warriors and Steph Curry, but that shouldn’t take away from their regular season success. Lawson is a solid point guard and is perfect fit for the Nuggets.
9. Rajon Rondo: 13.7 PPG, 11.1 APG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 STL, 3.9 TO, 48 FG%, 24 3P%, 64 FT%
If Rondo didn’t get injured and played more than 38 games this season, he would be much higher on this list. If I had to start a team and pick a point guard to run it, I might pick Rondo. His instincts and passing ability is second to none while his leadership in Boston has led them to deep playoff runs. We saw how valuable he was to his Celtics team when they fell off and got beat in the first round, something they have haven’t done before the Big 3 era. A healthy Rondo is up there with the league’s best, but it is hard to rank him adequately due to his injury.
8. Mike Conley: 14.6 PPG, 6.1 APG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 STL, 2.0 TO, 44 FG%, 36 3P%, 83 FT%
Conley is the definition of underrated, actually the entire Grizzlies roster is. No one would have predicted after letting O.J. Mayo walk and trading Rudy Gay midseason that the Grizzlies would have been four wins away from the NBA Finals. Conley took charge and led his team to be one of the best teams in the league. They took down Finals favorites the Clippers & the Thunder before getting put in their place by the Spurs. Conley showed he was cool under pressure and played great at his position. Conley is definitely a top tier point guard in this league.