7. Deron Williams: 18.9 PPG, 7.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 1 STL, 2.8 TO, 44 FG%, 35 3P%, 81 FT%
Williams decided to stay with the Nets and become the face of the franchise. But Williams, just like the Nets, had an up and down season. There were games were Deron looked like a top three point guard in the league, and then there were times where you questioned his big contract. Williams did lead the league in assists per game this postseason and I believe he was a huge part in Brook Lopez’s leap forward in his development this season. The Nets fell flat on their face in Game 7 against the Bulls, which will haunt the franchise until next season. Depending on the Nets’ offseason, Williams will be expected to take the Nets to the next level next season.
6. Damian Lillard: 19.0 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3.1 RPG, .9 STL, 3.0 TO, 42 FG%, 36 3P%,
The 2013 Rookie of the Year immediately proved he belonged in the league and will have the Kings (Thomas Robinson), Bobcats (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), and maybe even the Hornets, or Pelicans whatever they are called now, (Anthony Davis) regretting looking over the former Weber St. point guard. We knew Lillard could score in college, but not coming from a big program and not playing against elite competition in college gave scouts the excuse to pass him up. Lillard, 22, came into the league polished since he stayed all four years at Weber St. He comes off as a mature and humble young man who all he wants to do is win and make his teammates better. The future of point guards look very bright, and Lillard is one of the reasons why.
5. Kyrie Irving: 22.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG, 1.5 STL, 3.2 TO, 45 FG%, 39 3P%, 85 FT%
The former No. 1 pick showed he is already a star in the league this season. Irving was the star at All-Star Weekend and proved to his co-workers that he belongs. He has had trouble staying on the court this season but once he is on it, he is a pleasure to watch. The 21-year old is fearless going to the rim and can shoot from anywhere on the court. He nearly averaged six assists a game while not having much a of a supporting cast. If the Cavs hit big with another No. 1 pick this draft or trade it for some immediate help, Irving’s development will only progress faster and the Cavs will have a winning record.
4. Steph Curry: 22.9 PPG, 6.9 APG, 4.0 RPG, 1.6 STL, 3.1 TO, 45 FG%, 45 3p%, 90 FT%
Curry had his breakout year in the fourth year of his promising career. Many label him as the best shooter in the NBA and it’s hard to argue that. Curry was sometimes unguardable and was making video game like shots. He averaged 23 PPG in the playoffs but also showed he is a great point guard by dishing out eight assists a game. Curry is one of the league’s best scorers and if he can stay healthy, showing he can explode at any time when he went for 54 at MSG against the Knicks. Curry could go down as one of the best shooters ever, as he solidified this year that he is an elite point guard.
3. Russell Westbrook: 23.2 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.2 RPG, 1.3 STL, 3.3 TO, 43 FG%, 32 3P%, 80 FT%,
The Thunder have the most athletic point guard in the league. Team management had a lot of trust in Westbrook this season since they traded James Harden, giving the keys of the offense to Westbrook. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt and was out for the playoffs since he has never missed a game in his entire five-year career. The injury of Westbrook cost the Thunder possible back-to-back Finals against the Heat. Westbrook passed more this season than last and might be the model for point guards of the future.